Scotland the brave

Author:
ROBERTS Andrew
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, 9(6), July 2009, pp.16-18.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

This article looks at recent research that shows that Scotland pioneered the user movement. The Scottish Union of Mental Patients (SUMP) was founded sometime between 1969 and 1971, before the foundation of the Mental Patients Union in London in 1973. The article details the genesis of its first action, the "Petition for redress of grievances put forward by patients in Hartwood Hospital, Shotts Lanarkshire" and subsequent developments including the production of the training video "speaking from experience" in 1985. The article concludes with details of Scottish and English groups that are currently working on the history of the survivor movement.

Subject terms:
mental health problems, mental health services, policy, user participation, user views, attitudes;
Content type:
research
Location(s):
United Kingdom
Link:
Journal home page
ISSN print:
1474-5186

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