I was fortunate to have listened to a live talk by Thomas Szasz ,some years ago at the Institute of Psychiatry. Thomas Szasz is a Quaker and wrote the book: The Myth of Mental Illness - Foundation of a Theory of Personal Conduct.
The book the Myth of Mental Illness is available on Amazon kindle and is over fifty years old.
This is a photograph of me taken with Diane Abbott, MP at Portcullis House, earlier this evening at the "Whose Remembrance?" event.
This is a photograph of me taken with Harrow Independent Labour Councillor Khrisna James - Shadow Portfolio and Mental Health Champion, at Kings Fund, earlier today at the 'Transforming Mental Health Services in London event - which was postponed.
I have just returned to London after spending the weekend [Friday 22nd November - Sunday 24th November 2013, in Liverpool. I was at the UNISON National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Conference, as a Housing Association, Greater London, Branch Delegate.
Whilst in Liverpool, I visited the 'Portrait of a Lady' April Ashley exhibition, at the museum of Liverpool.
Here is two photographs of me at the conference, taken with
Gary Millar, Lord Mayor of Liverpool City Council.
Below is a photo taken of me with Time to Change Director Sue Baker at the MIND Media Awards, which took place this evening at the BFI - British Film Institute - South Bank.
Above is a photograph taken today of me with Rosie Ellingham, after Rosie appeared on national ITV's 'This Morning', with the singer Will Young for the start of anti-bullying week. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/24984781
Today I enjoyed a wonderful Supervised Contact Session with my beloved son, James.
Today we were supervised by: Melissa.
Today we went to see the 'Elizabeth I & Her People' exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Then we popped in to Watkins Bookshop in Cecil Court. We followed this with a visit to the QLGF - Quaker Lesbian & Gay Fellowship at Westminster Meeting House. Finally, we stopped off for a McDonald's for our journey home.
See the photograph of me and James, today, taken by James.
This morning, I shared some of my birthday cake with my local Streatham & Brixton Friends Meeting House.
This afternoon a friend visited and gave me thirty pounds and a card for my birthday, so since I want to be very busy for the third anniversary of my mum's death - which is Saturday 26th October 2013. I booked the 26th October 2013, Beyond Shame and The Quaker Way sessions of the Love Spirit Festival. In addition, I ordered two pairs of Amazon 'Rainbow Laces' for the 'No Homophobia In Sport' campaign. One for me and One for my beloved son James.
This evening, my beloved son, James gave me his gift of a box of chocolates and a birthday card and I gave him a portion of my birthday cake.
Then following, collecting my gift and card from my son. I stopped off at a friend's to enjoy some more birthday gifts, and a cup of tea with some chocolate cake.
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to spend the afternoon in Lewisham Shopping Centre, for the mental health conversation starter 'Can You Tell' exhibition campaign.
Today, Sunday 13th October 2013 is my 52nd Birthday, and I have created a slide show movie for the 'Who Is Irredeemable' speech, which I delivered at the Kings Fund, London UK on Wednesday 2nd October 2013.
This evening, Coldharbour & Herne Hill Wards of the Dulwich & West Norwood Conservative Association are delighted to announce that we hosted the World Mental Health Day Celebration film screening [see flyer] at the Whirled Cinema [See photo of me in front of it's screen] - which is located in Coldharbour Ward.
Tonight's audience number for the film 'Changeling', eclipsed our previously hosted 'For The Bible Tells Me So' film screening, which was held earlier this year at the Ritzy Cinema, for the London Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Day Celebration social.
In addition the audience engaged robustly with questions during the questions and answers sessions from both Lara Carmona - Rethink Mental Health, as well as from, Nacho Diaz - Four In Ten.
Rethink Mental Illness is a Mental Health Charity and Four in Ten is a local, South London and Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender, Mental Health Service User led group, which meets each week [See photo with from left to right Lara, Nacho & me.]
Today after enjoying participating in my local Streatham Quaker Friends Meeting House, meeting for worship, I went to the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park and took a photo of me next to a photograph of me at the 'Rethink Mental Illness' Can You Tell? exhibition.
Today I was delighted and privileged to have attended the Stonewall Parliamentary Reception, in the State Rooms, Speaker's House by kind permission of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP
This is a photo of me and said Speaker earlier this evening.
I am a London born, English lesbian biological mother of a male child named James. I am also in a long term committed relationship with a woman. I am in full time paid employment and am the published author of the book 'Altered Perceptions'. I have a Schizoaffective disorder mental distress diagnosis and I was diagnosed with Erotomania, which is treated with a small amount of regular oral anti-psychotic medication, whilst I was a prisoner in HMP Holloway in 2009. I am responsible and active with the well being of my only biological child James who was in long term foster care with a heterosexual married couple. This was due to consequences of my mental distress experiences, and my prior single parent status.