Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Comments by vacuumcleaner

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  • Hi Bruce.

    Thanks for this piece. Something i could relate to in my own life, being an anarchist and someone who has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act here in the UK. I’m also really interested in how the trauma of the psychiatric system works as a form of depoliticizing anarchists but also how police and state repression can lead to mental health difficulties. So your piece has helped unpack some of the thoughts i’ve been having with/about this.

    You maybe interested in my performance piece Mental – http://www.thevacuumcleaner.co.uk/mental – which explores this area and for me personally attempts to move beyond both the trauma of the police surveillance i have received and difficult experience of being in acute psychiatric wards that i’ve been forced and volunteered to be admitted to.

    Can i find you on twitter?

    Thanks again.


  • Hi.

    I think it’s great that this position is being taken, it rings true with a lot of my experience.

    I wonder if the way the story has come out could of been better. It’s not the most pleasant experience to have headlines that can cause confusion for us that have been given diagnosis, and in some cases accepted them. I think this is made more problematic when we can’t read what the statement is until tomorrow, thus leading to speculation and confusion.

    I say all of this with a deep respect for the message, i just think how it plays in the media is important to those diagnosed, it’s already a confusing experience.