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Joe Kelly is a writer and campaigner around mental health issues.

To and Fro

8 April 2009

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Dear Blog The pleasant aspect of the conference is that we are in a warm tropical location, meeting lots of new interesting people and we are focussing of mental health advocacy, but advantages can be disadvantages and likewise one can get stressed and tense and out of sorts. As we get into the conference certain personalities seem to lead. There is no doubt that WNUSP attracts some of the best minds in userdom: Moosa Salie fought apartheid in South Africa; Tina Minkowitz, a feminist and lawyer...

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Opening Up

23 March 2009

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Africa is a beautiful place. Uganda was called ‘the pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill. The people are friendly and are pleased to see us. The pace of life is gentler, not so buzzing busy and local people take time to talk to you. Our conference began at 9am sharp. Our master of ceremonies was Julius Lutaakome Kayiira, Director, Mental Health Uganda. The Opening was by Mrs Patricia Athieno, President of Mental Health Uganda, welcoming our conference to Uganda. We also were...

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On My Way

23 March 2009

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[Posted by Joe, March 15, 2009] Dearblog I arrived at Entebbe Airport Kampala Sunday March 15. I travelled by Kenya Airways’ the Pride of Africa on Boeing jets. My journey began at Terminal 4, Heathrow - waiting for what seemed like forever. The first leg of my journey was to Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi, Kenya. The flight lasted about 10 hours. Sitting down for that amount of time is challenging and vexatious to the spirit. I watched the film ‘Quantum Solace’ twice,...

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Kampala here I come

14 March 2009

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It’s Saturday 14 March. I’m traveling this evening to Kampala, Uganda via Nairobi Kenya. My Friend Chetan is picking me up at 3pm and I hope to arrive at my destination Entebbe airport in Kampala at 9-40am tomorrow. I’m attending the World Conference of the WNSUSP. The Conference is called ‘Making our Rights a Reality-Human Rights in the Age of the CRPD’. That is the World Network of Service Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. You could call it The United Nations of...

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5 March 2009

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Dear Blog I’m exhausted after a busy day of tasks. Visiting the Doctor. Picking up messages. Collecting my sister Sheila and her son from out of town at the bus station. My depot injection kicking in. I’m reminded of why I’m going to the WNSUSP conference in Kampala. The thought that has been in my mind for so long. That mental health services could be much better. There must be a better way. I feel strongly for the underdog Food for thought? I’m for the guy that is on...

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