I am a writer and sociologist. I am originally from Somerset but spent most of my adult life in Wales. My first encounter with a mental health professional was in 1984 when I was a student at UCNW, Bangor, Gwynedd. The meeting was a disaster and when I and my former partner, Prof B.J. Brown, tried to complain about this man’s insensitive and inappropriate conduct we were threatened, initially by D.G.E. Wood, the GP who ran the Student Health Centre at UCNW and then by others. We were to receive many such threats over the following years. Years later we found out that this man who had been approached by Wood to ‘help’, was the notorious T. Gwynne Williams, a lobotomist who spent most of his career at the North Wales Hospital, Denbigh.
Here is a link to Brown’s publications page. Publications that I have co-authored with Brown are listed here, including two journal articles directly concerning the north Wales mental health services (Brown, Baker and Baker, 2012; Baker, Brown and Gwilym, 2008) which can be read or downloaded www.brown.uk.com/publications/publist.htm Our book ‘Responsible Citizens: Individuals, Health and Policy Under Neoliberalism’ (Brown and Baker, 2012) Anthem Press also has contains much material relating to the mental health services in Wales.
If anyone wishes to contact me directly rather than leave a comment on the blog, I am happy to receive e mails at email@example.com (for those of you not sure, that is a figure 1 after the word sally – it doesn’t look very clear does it…)
In Oct 2019, while researching for this blog, I discovered that I was a relative, by marriage, of Lord Gnome. Some of those who star on this blog knew this many years ago.