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Solution for treatment and rehabilitation of people disabled by abuse and trauma, including Fence At The Top Of The Cliff rehabilitation model. Ideas and solutions to NZs current social, environmental and economic issues.

A new era in mental health care – Regional Rehabilitation Facilities – New Zealand

Another idea to submit for funding for the Innovation Fund – we desperately need this – we are entitled to it.  Could also work in with the Regional Rehabilitation Centres.

GOVERNMENT REGIONAL MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES

 

Attached please find a rehabilitation model and business plan for Mental Injury Services which outlines where I believe mental health care for mentally injured abuse victims and traumatised people should be going (also for some mentally ill people).  Mental injury being different in nature to mental illness because mental injury is a ‘normal’ person that has been subjected to overwhelming trauma and needs help to recover.  Mental illness is more permanent and requires ongoing care and support.

 

To provide the professional treatment care habilitation and rehabilitation people with mental injury or illness require there needs to be regional mental health facilities.  Shutting down the extensive mental health facilities in the 1990s (based on improving someone’s human rights – when it actually adversely affected these disabled people more)  is incomprehensible and allowing it to continue is reprehensible.  On the news tonight yet another mentally ill man living in the community has killed, this time his mother, an elderly couple and badly injured his father.  There should be better secure facilities for dangerously mentally ill people, the mental health facilities I am advocating for here do not include these people – this is a Fence At the Top of the Cliff – not ambulance at the bottom.  Until people could prove they are safe they would not have access to these facilities.

 

It is too distressing for me to go into the extensive reasons New Zealand (and many other countries) desperately need facilities and safe housing for people with mental health issues.  Facilities to help them heal and those to help them keep busy and feel valued. 

 

The extensive use of pharmaceuticals to try and control people, who more importantly need the basic needs met (please refer Maslow’s Heirachy of Needs), is part of the failure of mental health services and a gross miscarriage of justice.  The use of pharmaceuticals was a result of neo-liberal theories that it was cheaper to give a person a drug and put them in the community than actually providing professional treatment care and rehabilitation.  News reports have stated the government undertook to make the mental health services drug based to save money – it hasn’t.  Many of these drugs are highly experimental and have been linked to increases in psychopathy, suicide, mass murders and psychosis.  All the things they are supposed stop, they actually create.

 

I envisage these mental health centres be based on professional rehabilitation practices with client based approach and practical therapies like gardening – opportunities to participate in growing food etc.  Working in the earth is very good therapy and can be used to reduce stress if the person goes back in the community.  Group therapy is important as people will need to be able to communicate and support each other in the community, learning skills here will help in society.  It will help people who have been mentally injured pass on what they learn and experience to others. 

 

Art is another huge part of healing and therapy in the area of mental health with traumatised people having highly active right brains.  People should be able to explore their creativity and see it come to fruition if possible.  The cultural value for society is extensive and could lead to further work and recognition outside the mental health facility.  Talent could be identified and advanced with advocacy.  I envisage cultural events like plays, exhibitions etc that would entertain international visitors along with making souvenirs perhaps. 

 

I envisage six week ‘retreats’ for mentally injured people with rehabilitation in the community prior to the retreats and following them, until the person is well enough to live independently, if that is possible.

 

ACC to build regional mental health facilities to cater to the people I have described above.  Put the $billions they have invested in foreign markets, businesses that destroy the planet, security providers, into building these facilities.  Make them of a very high quality using sustainable building practices, similar to the Regional Rehabilitation Centres.  The mental health facilities will have accommodation for clients and support staff – mental health challenges happen 24 hours a day seven days a week.

The Innovation of Collaboration – Regional Rehabilitation Centres in New Zealand

Am currently writing my submission for government innovation funding and felt I needed to put it on my website.  I’m only half way through editing and will post the finalised version soon.  Information on this website will make up part of my submission – have to keep focused on moving forward and doing what I know is right – as the current situation with police, ACC and others is dragging me into the darklands of hell on a regular basis.

Kia kaha to us all – NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION – nobody can say I don’t have solutions to the issues I repeatedly complain about.

DRAFT

The potential to positively transform New Zealand’s economic performance, the sustainability and integrity of our environment, help strengthen our society and give effect to the Treaty of Waitangi

 

Introduction

It is a fundamental flaw in neo-liberal capitalism that 80% of the people who are disabled in some way and cannot provide for themselves or not work at 100% capacity are consigned to lives of poverty and unfulfilled aspirations.  In my opinion it is the most serious sign of an uncivilised society to not provide for those less fortunate – allowing strong to attack weak is against multiple laws (including religious ones). 

 

My submission combines the medical sciences (particularly Occupational Therapy) with law and the untapped creativity and unrealised productivity of the 100,000s of disabled people living in New Zealand.  It also addresses issues successive governments and researchers have identified about unemployment, violence, addiction and suicide/mental health issues.

 

The three main areas of innovation I am applying for involve Disability Services, NZs Disabled Creative workforce and Mental Health – these would also be eligible for research funding as I envisage all three to be teaching and data gathering environments.

 

I am particularly guided in my innovations by government disability documents, signed United Nations documents, along with ACC, health, disability, criminal, imperial, human rights and Bill of Rights legislation.  Necessity being the mother of invention when your area of expertise is stress disorders, poverty, disability, law and living the current nightmare of social dysfunction created by radicalised capitalism (ie neo-liberalism).

Scientifically it is recognised that traumatised people have high blood flow to the right brain, the creative brain – a physiological change in how the brain functions that ensured the success of our species when confronted with life-threatening situations.  This is a state many disabled and mentally injured people now experience in our neo-liberal society.

 

Although my ideas fit within parts of the application for funding under this mechanism, there seems to be other parts which are barriers to the fulfilment of my ideas because I am not part of an organisation.  I would suggest this isolation, my 14 years of full time study in this area and my extensive breadth of knowledge and personal experience are what make me an innovator (with necessity being the mother of invention).  I see my ideas as an ‘innovation of collaboration’ by turning laws, research and rhetoric into practical useful resources and services for all citizens.

 

This is indeed an investment that focuses on long-term transformative impact for those affected by disability, poverty, violence, addiction, mental injury and mental illness.  This is a Top of The Cliff innovation in the area of mental health and welfare – not the current Bottom Of The Cliff mentality lead by people obsessed with neo-liberal economic theories of providing services to those who cost the most – eg those who end up in the justice system and causing harm in society.  In the area of disability caused by accident, including sexual and physical abuse, ACC are supposed to be the experts and have the resources to contribute significantly to ensure these innovations are realised quickly, professionally and regionally.  It would be fundamentally wrong and flawed to exclude people who were disabled by illness or born with disability – they have a right to work (and self-actualise) as do injured people – it would just require funding to come from a different avenue. 

 

I envisage some of the $4billion annual savings by ACC could be INVESTED in these centres and in the disabled people of New Zealand so they can contribute and have the opportunity to fulfil their potention.

 

I will also take this opportunity to suggest how these centres can be put into operation extremely quickly (which would also work for social housing).  As I walk around Wellington and travel the roads I see huge resources going into public and private works, resources that could be diverted for a very short time (say 2 weeks) to focus on these regional disability centres (and maybe the same done for mental health facilities – which I think are more appropriately set in more rural/quiet areas).  This would include site works – similar to what is happening on our roads and building works, like those used to refurbish Ministry of Health building, Ministry of Education and Victoria University.  Whatever resources are used, business people and tradespeople should have the opportunity to participate as an integral part of strengthening our society.

 

I believe suitable land should be taken under the Public Works Act and particularly from owners who are hampering development for personal gain.

 

My inspiration is watching television home renovation programmes and watching Mormon churches being built in very short time frames by large numbers of people.  I expect many people involved in such a project who I am sure would become proud of the part they play – especially when the rewards of such work become realised (I predict significant almost instantaneous decreases in violence, addiction and suicide statistics).

 

Such a large project would of course take some organisation, however it would be easily done as we have many people in New Zealand who have had experience.

 

It may of course be more cost effective and appropriate to purchase an existing building for conversion in some cases – as I see these rehabilitation centres being near the heart of our communities rather than on the fringes, while, as I said above, the mental health rehabilitation centres being in quieter more healing environments.

 

 

GOVERNMENT REGIONAL REHABILTATION CENTRES

 

It has been proven to me repeatedly and based on professional research that Non-Government Organisations do not work in mental health environments – which I see each of these areas being.    It has also been proven that basing mental health care on the current drug based experimental system, which fails to provide the necessaries of life (as outlined by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs) is also a failure.

 

At a recent event organised by the Human Rights Commission the Special Rapporteur for Disability advised that as Governments had signed the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in 2008 and other United Nations documents, it was their responsibility to provide the services/resources required to fulfil its obligations, not ‘the community’.  Four years ago I was also part of an event that discussed fiscal responsibility in the area of crime, where a speaker (Mike Bazette) referred to extensive studies in UK that pointed to NGOs being unreliable and untrustworthy to deal with with disabled people who had high needs/challenging behavioural issues (ie they said one thing and did another).  As a result those clients who society wanted to get more services actually got less, which caused significant increases in crime, violence, addiction and social dysfunction.  I can confirm this is happening in New Zealand currently, also with the government demanding public mental health services operate under commercial models, it is happening in this system.

 

It is a neo-liberal philosophy to introduce as much private enterprise into all aspects of our society, including health care, to this end governments have made it more and more difficult for people to access health care so they are driven by necessity and desperation to pay for it themselves (eg Capri Hospital & increasing need for health insurance).  If they cannot pay for it themselves they are subject to ongoing persecution and inhuman living environments.  Recent advertising by Capri targeted middle class and affluent parents of young people who had drug addiction – offering far superior services to what the public system would.

 

In more recent times neo-liberalism has been exposed as an extremely socially destructive economic philosophy with all the outcomes contributing to inequality (concentrations of power and money in small groups with unprecedented political influence), poverty, violence, addiction, suicide, unemployment and under-employment. 

 

A series of documentaries called The Hard Stuff by Nigel Latta touched on some of the issues this radicalised form of capitalism has created in NZ and other modern societies.  So have documentaries by Bryan Bruce.  A premise of neo-liberalism is everybody is responsible for themselves which contradicts human nature and us as social animals living in large organised ‘civilised’ societies, reliant on each other for physical and psychological good health.

  

Every region in New Zealand should have a habilitation/rehabilitation centre where people with disabilities of all types can go and work, within the capabilities, doing worthwhile rewarding work that fulfils their self-actualising, psychosocial and physical needs.

 

I envisage these centres to consist of a large warehouses capable of building homes for disabled people.  Housing being the greatest area of need and unmet government responsibility at the moment, building houses is the most practical thing to do, especially with disabled people being the most adversely affected by the current severe housing shortages.

 

“In times of high unemployment it is disabled people who suffer most.”

Person to Person, Lindsay Gething, 3rd ed 2006

 

These centres would also be training places for Occupational Safety and Health professionals, health workers, Occupation Therapists, etc and research and development in the area of disability support services/devices.  Work would be done by teams, based on the capabilities and talents of the disabled person working with others however no mentally injured sex offenders working with mentally injured abuse victims, or potentially dangerous people working with vulnerable.  Developing teams and schedules would be done with mental health professionals to ensure supportive safe environments.

 

These Centres would be available to all physically and psychologically disabled people.  Will run using professionals in health and habilitation and rehabilitation processes and models.  It will also follow legal requirements. 

 

I have spoken to several people with disabilities who are unable to work and they were extremely enthusiastic about the idea of being able to work in a group doing something within their capabilities and valuable to society.  A man I know with a bad back, he injured when a child, was very keen to be part of a centre like this.  He and I have talked about the isolation of being unemployed and being despised for it, it seemed especially difficult for a man.  Because he can do some things on good days he couldn’t work for a traditional employer because of his need to not sit too long or stand too long – or not be able to work at all on bad days.  Sadly people saw him selling scrap metal and judged him for being a bludger on welfare.

 

I can picture these rehab centres with 2 or 3 houses at various stages of completion, surrounded by equipment that would enable people with physical disabilities to work.  Equipment that perhaps could be developed and improved with onsite collaboration between disabled people and engineers.  Surrounded by specially designed scaffolding.  There would be rooms for health care/rehabilitation professionals, rooms for massage, physiotherapy and rest for clients. 

 

Healthy food would be provided so people didn’t have to do their own meals and some of those people who prepared it should also be disabled, perhaps adding variety to their weeks work and could get training as well.  There should be gardens attached to the rehabilitation centre to provide vegetables and fruit as growing food is an important life skill when you don’t have a lot of money and extremely good therapy. 

 

There must be a good transport network for people attending these rehabilitation centres, they should be picked up at their door and taken home, if they need that. 

 

Given New Zealands need for an increased labour force during fruit picking season that teams of disabled people with specialist equipment for these jobs are sent to work in orchards, market gardens, etc.  Remuneration for their work would be paid to the Rehabilitation Centre and distributed in a fair manner.  Disabled should could also be considered a flexible labour force and centres should allow for this.

 

Disabled people working at rehabilitation centres must be paid a reasonable wage (provided a reasonable income) with perhaps 2-3 different pay grades.  Every person who contributes to building a house in some way should be eligible to own one of those houses when available (or perhaps be eligible for a state house loan).  It is a cultural and human right to own your own home and disabled people who are unable to work should not be excluded from this.  There are multiple economic and social advantages to society for a disabled vulnerable person to have their own safe home to live in, especially as they age.   This would also be adhering to the Disability Action Plan and Strategy and Declaration on Disabled Rights, also Human Rights and economic rights.

These rehabilitation centres would be a hub of employment for support workers, educators, tradespeople and health professionals.  Also places where able bodied and disabled people undertook formal training that was absent from the local community or not.

 

This regional rehabilitation centre idea came to me during a recent meeting on disability rights (at Te Papa with Catarina Aguila), a tall/large tetraplegic man in a wheelchair spoke about not having access to most disabled areas because his wheelchair was so large.  He was obvious an intelligent man around 30 and deeply distressed by his physical impairments.  I thought about what he could do in this facility and pictured him organising building materials and managing work plans for upcoming construction, on the phone a lot or a specialised computer as he had very limited use of his hands.

 

Many years ago I read a book called Think and Grow Rich (rich in all areas of life) and it talked a lot about being rich in potential and just finding out what that potential was, irrelevant of perceived limitations.  For example a man taught his partially deaf son that his disability was going to be an advantage when he was a man not a hindrance.  The boy ended up being a very successful sales rep and developer for a hearing aid manufacturer.

 

People at these rehabilitation centres should also have access to business, research and development funding and resources, so we can tap into people’s creativity.  I believe giving disabled people the opportunity to reach their potential (also self-actualise) would be a competitive advantage internationally.

 

The psycho-social benefits of these regional rehabilitation centres cannot be under-estimated with the WHO and UN identifying the increasing problems with social cohesion in developed countries.  These centres will strengthen our society.

 

I have never ever met a person who doesn’t want to work, especially a disabled person, but nobody should be expected to work in physical pain and no intelligent person should be expected to do particularly mundane work for long periods of time.  These centres should be about balance and those things identified as necessaries of a good life in Maslow’s Heirachy of Needs.

 

I believe through these rehabilitation centres people with ‘talents’ could be identified and placed in jobs in public and private enterprise – or contracted to them perhaps.  I know personally in mental health there are some very intelligent people – in fact intelligence can worsen mental health issues in many cases.  Many of these people are also highly creative, innovation and creativity being something Nigel Latta identified in his recent documentary as important to the development of a high wage economy and lowering of unemployment and poverty.

 

It is imperative and sensible for the homes (or other things) manufactured/created in these centres use sustainable, environmentally friendly products as a priority.   That they also support NZ manufacturers to avoid miles travelled where possible.  They should have their own electricity generation options, like solar, window power, dynamos, etc.

 

The nature of the centres will allow for experimentation and labour intensive manufacturing/construction, areas the private sector avoids.  I envisages houses being made with extra wide doorways, large bathrooms, etc.  Also manufacturing of special features in the centre.  Designed and built with specific disabled people in mind, working with the person and Occupational Therapists.

 

Support of disabled workers to be run through multi-disciplinary teams, as outlined in Shrawan Kumar’s book Multi-disciplinary Approach to Rehabilitation.

 

 

GOVERNMENT REGIONAL MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES

Attached please find a rehabilitation model and business plan for Mental Injury Services which outlines where I believe mental health care for mentally injured abuse victims, traumatised people should be going (also for some mentally ill people).  Mental injury being different in nature to mental illness because mental injury is a ‘normal’ person that has been subjected to overwhelming trauma and needs help to recover.  Mental illness is more permanent and requires ongoing care and support.

 

To provide the professional treatment care and rehabilitation people with mental injury or illness require there needs to be regional mental health facilities.  Shutting down mental health facilities based on improving someone’s human rights – when it actually adversely affected these disabled people more is incomprehensible – and allowing it to continue reprehensible.  On the news tonight yet another mentally ill man living in the community has killed, this time his mother and badly injured his father. 

 

It is too distressing for me to go into the extensive reasons New Zealand (and many other countries) desperately need facilities and safe housing for people with mental health issues.  Facilities to help them heal and those to help them keep busy and feel valued.  The extensive use of pharmaceuticals to try and control people who more importantly need the basic needs met (please refer Maslow’s Heirachy of Needs) is a gross miscarriage of justice.  The use of pharmaceuticals was a result of neo-liberal theories that it was cheaper to give a person a drug and put them in the community than actually providing professional treatment care and rehabilitation.  News reports have stated the government undertook to make the mental health services drug based to save money – it hasn’t.  Many of these drugs are highly experimental and have been linked to increases in psychopathy, suicide, mass murders and psychosis.  All the things they are supposed stop, they actually create.

 

I envisage these mental health centres be based on holistic practices with opportunities to participate in growing food etc – working in the earth is very good therapy and can be used once the person is back in the community.  Group therapy is important as people will need to be able to communicate and support each other in the community, learning skills here could help in society.  Help people who have been mentally injured pass on what they learn and know to others.  Art is another huge part of healing and therapy in the area of mental health with traumatised people having highly active right brains.  People should be able to explore their creativity and see it come to fruition if possible.  The cultural value for society is extensive and could lead to further work and recognition outside the mental health facility.  Talent could be identified and advanced with advocacy.

 

I envisage six week ‘retreats’ for mentally injured people with rehabilitation in the community prior to the retreats and following them, until the person is well enough to live independently.

 

 

Human Rights in New Zealand – what is a Civil Society?

I have been avoiding beginning my response to the new book by Judy McGregor, Sylvia Bell and Margaret Wilson called Human Rights in New Zealand – Emerging Faultlines.  One of the hurdles was their book structure included in each chapter, the involvement of ‘Civil Society’.

I do not believe we have a civil society after the years of discrimination and failure of the Word of Law I have experienced.  So my first chapter will be dedicated to establishing what a Civil Society is and prove New Zealand is no longer operating in one.

It has also been necessary to start this at my local library on my website because my home computer no longer operates without an electrical cord and I become so traumatised and unwell when alone at home doing this it isn’t safe.  Being around people helps, even if they do not know what I am doing – although it does make me feel further alienated, marginalised and isolated at the same time.

You have to go to Wikipedia of course when you are looking for definitions   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_society  I was drawn to the root of the phrase – the Etymology

The term civil society goes back to Aristotle‘s phrase koinōnía politikḗ (κοινωνία πολιτική), occurring in his Politics, where it refers to a ‘community’, commensurate with the Greek city-state (polis) characterized by a shared set of norms and ethos, in which free citizens on an equal footing lived under the rule of law. The telos or end of civil society, thus defined, was common wellbeing (τὸ εὖ ζῆν tò eu zēn), in as man was defined as a ‘political (social) animal’ (ζῷον πολιτικόν zōon politikón).[5][6][7][8] Though the concept was mentioned in Roman writers, such as Cicero, it entered into Western political discourse following the translation of Aristotle’s works into Latin (societas civilis) by late medieval and early Renaissance writers such as William of Moerbeke and Leonardo Bruni, where it often referred to the ancient notion of a republic (res publica). With the rise of a distinction between monarchical autonomy and public law, the term then gained currency to denote the corporate estates (Ständestaat) of a feudal elite of land-holders as opposed to the powers exercised by the prince.[9] It had a long history in state theory, and was revived with particular force in recent times, in Eastern Europe, where dissidents such as Václav Havel employed it to denote the sphere of civic associations threatened by the intrusive holistic state-dominated regimes of Communist Eastern Europe.[10]

I am also drawn to the United Nations declarations on human disabled civil economic political etc rights, along with agreements about torture etc.  Their booklet on Civil Society and the role of Civil Society Actors has become important in establishing this definition.  I suppose it is particularly important when dealing with the violence issues I do as an activist in the area of mental health care for mentally injured abuse victims.  As expressions of violence have become so abhorant to our entire society at the same time as we create an environment that drives many traumatised people to violence.  It appears from my extensive study and observations violent people are the new JEW when comparing to the rise of the NAZIs and the resulting emergence of the United Nations as a vehicle of preventing violence and keeping the peace.

I have noted that no organisation government or non-government in fact advocate for or represent mentally injured or ill people who have violence as an impairment related to their disability.  Organisations related to mental health do not want to be associated with people who become violent as a result of their disorders.  I have heard it myself at a mental health art facility in Lower Hutt where it was expressed how many more violent and dangerous people attended the art workshop in Upper Hutt – that the people in Lower Hutt weren’t like that.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/CivilSociety/Pages/Handbook.aspx

The most definitive proof of course are the numbers of mentally ill people in or going through our justice and prison system for violence offences.  It is estimated 70% of prison inmates have mental health issues and the majority of these have histories of their own abuse.

I myself have violence issues, uncontrollable rage that I manage by turning the violence on myself and vent verbally at those who are supposed to protect and care for me.  Not that I threaten them with harm myself, but I pass it over to spirit and tell them that they are going to get the violent karma they deserve with the passive/aggressive and physical violence they perpetrate against 10,000s of abused and traumatised mentally injured men women and children.  Because the government and people in the VIOLENCE/ABUSE INDUSTRY are now so corrupted/uncivilized they currently have me in court for Misuse of a Telephone for expressing my rage, hatred and desire for karma against ACC – the agency most responsible for my worsening mental health, poverty, unemployment etc.

Thankfully I have a senior psychiatrist I was allowed to see last year who understands what is happening to me and can express this as a mental health issue – not dissimilar to tourettes.  As I tick in times of severe stress and have other attributes of tourettes it is related in some way to this disorder – plus when I am ‘venting’ there is no way of stopping it, until it has run its course.  His testimony, along with Bill of Rights defence should get me acquitted of this charge and police deterred from attempting this sort of prosecution again.

 

Submission on Disability Strategy – New Zealand

Below is my submission, it is not comprehensive as writing it was extremely traumatising for me – along with everything else going on in my life, but it covers a few things that the people who run the Disability sector obviously have no idea is happening – or are corrupt and covering them up.

So many things I havn’t said :-( Oh well I did my best at the time, they are never going to listen to anything I said anyway.

Submission on the Draft Disability Strategy August 2016, by Jayne Routhan, Civil Society Actor.

 

  1. Overall what do you think of the draft Disability Strategy? What overall changes or improvements would you like to be made?  Is there anything missing?

     

    It is a great piece of marketing, in the area of mental injury (eg traumatic stress disorders) and mental health I have 14 years experience in exactly the opposite is happening.  DPOs have not represented people with my type of disability because it often has violence aspects to it, and people can also be highly challenging and have extensive needs – like a safe house to live in.

     

    From personal experience I would like to see mentally injured and ill disabled people’s rights protected not just promoted. Justice Winkelman pointed out many disabled people had no access to justice in ever increasing numbers and often up against powerful government and private organisations.  I have had experience with Health & Disability Commission and I found them insulting, degrading and they discriminated against me.  Their advocate worked for four years and could get no services in the Wairarapa – the HDC refused to get involved.

     

    There are Sections of the Crimes Act 1961 – 150A 151 155 and 157 that make it a criminal offence to not follow the law and a disabled/vulnerable person be harmed as a result – these are being ignored.  I have made multiple complaints  to police about ACC health professionals, doctors, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists etc and not been protected from their unprofessional and criminally negligent behaviour.  I know what these people are supposed to do, I have studied rehabilitation and health at Massey University, along with Disability, ACC, human rights, bill of rights, imperial and welfare laws (including United Nations declarations).  Not only that I am intimidated,and hounded by police for asking for help and legally protesting at the gross miscarriage of justice happening to me, the systems in place they say are helping me are being used in a punitive way – which is illegal.

     

    I think it is imperative recognised lay-expert Civil Society Actors like myself are included in the consultation process not just DPOs.  Especially if we cover an area no DPO is – like in my case violence and crime.  Other DPOs, even those focused on mentally ill reject violent disabled people and want to distance themselves from them – this is not helpful.  This is another reason services for these people are so abusive, inadequate and do not follow professional rehabilitation models.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

  1. Please let us know what you think about the following sections.  Would you like anything changed or improved.

     

    Firstly I have changed the order and a few of the words:

     

  • My vision – and where to from here
  • What’s important to me and many other mentally injured abuse victims
  • Outcome 1:                  Attitudes
  • Outcome 2:                  Justice
  • Outcome 3:                  Choice and Control
  • Outcome 4:                  Health and Wellbeing
  • Outcome 5:                  Accessibility
  • Outcome 6:                  Leadership
  • Outcome 7:                  Education
  • Outcome 8:                  Employment

     

    I have changed the order because I do not believe our society will be well served (and resources well spent) by people disabled by mental injury and illness if 1-6 are not fulfilled before the person becomes involved in education and employment.

     

    Also comments within the introduction of the Strategy appear to not cover mentally injured abuse victims and discount people with mental injury as a result of abuse and overwhelming trauma as disabled.

     

    I find it interesting that the people writing this document think there has been real progress, when I have only seen worsening statistics in suicide, self-harm, violence and sexual offences.  More people living on the streets, in unsafe unstable environments, more dysfunction and badly serviced, if in fact getting any services at all.

     

    The convention was ratified in 2008 – that is eight years ago and things have deteriorated for those with stress disorders.  It is a condition of the convention that things continually improve for disabled people – they are not.

     

    Children disabled by abuse and overwhelming trauma (which causes a mental injury) are poorly served, living dysfunctional lives of unresolved trauma that impacts on them and those around them every day – it can lead to years of unnecessary suffering, poverty, alienation, suicidal ideology, addiction, phobias, eating disorders, aggressive behaviour, etc.  Many only coming into contact with services through welfare, police and justice agencies.  For some prison fulfils many of the psychosocial needs they don’t have met in a hostile and uncaring community.

     

    Overwhelming unresolved trauma as a child (eg sexual, physical and psychological abuse) and neglect affect brain development.  It has to be accepted some of these children will need life-long support to be well functioning parents and valued members of society.

     

    A positive aspect to stress disorders is the heightened right brain activity, which includes creativity – which is why the arts are so fundamental in the expression, healing and resolving of trauma.  I find poetry, writing, music and other creative arts very therapeutic, but my expression of these is hampered by my disorder and no access to resources to develop and be valued for my talents.

     

    My Vision Statement for Mental Injury Services:

     

    To be a world leader in the

    treatment, rehabilitation

    and support of the mentally injured.

    to have a positive affect on

    the happiness and prosperity

    of all the community.

     

     

    I would also point out that the strategy has had very little input from families with histories or issues with abuse and trauma.  To me it is very focused on physical and sensory disabilities with little acknowledgement of psychological and emotional ones.  It was noted earlier this year that people with mental health issues are the least wanted as neighbours and most victimised.  It is well known that many of those with long term mental health issues are homeless or stuggling to provide themselves a safe home.

     

    Community is not changing it is getting worse, with good reason, so many dysfunctional and dangerous mentally injured and ill people are rotting with few or no services in the community – services they are entitled to under ACC, health, disability, criminal, imperial, human rights and bill of rights laws.  The Community are scared as are those with mental health issues continually denied professional treatment care rehabilitation along with access to justice and safety – but nowhere near as scared as the disabled.

     

    One psychologically dysfunctional person can traumatise dozens if not hundreds of people – including children – I believe that is the main reason we see deteriorating family and sexual violence statistics.  The brain is the most complicated organ of the body, it controls EVERYTHING we do from breathing, to loving, hating and violence.  I believe in the area of mental health far too many unqualified/or poorly qualified people are currently making medical decisions for this disabled group.  Poor decisions and centred around the use/abuse of psychotropic drugs – which I believe in the area of mental injury, of an otherwise ‘normal’ person, is extremely detrimental to healing, resilience and overcoming past and current trauma.

     

    Our communities won’t change, history has shown us that – from research I have done, and stories like those of Janet Frame – I discovered NZ developed its extensive institutional mental health facilities mid 20th century because people with this form of disability were not coping in the community.  Although I agree in part with shutting down some of these institutions, they were not replaced with a professional support and health network – the lack of safe stable housing is at an extreme level currently.  For people disabled by mental injury there needs to be ‘retreats’ specialising in this form of rehabilitation – which in turn focus on different forms of trauma and some of the debilitating impairments people develop.  (Note: you cannot mix offenders with victims and expect people to feel safe to heal.)

     

    For example, I am easily enraged when triggered by being physically threatened, degraded and discriminated against.  This is an impairment related to my disability, I have learnt to manage it mostly, but have the police file to prove at times I become so frustrated and angry with how agencies like ACC, MSD, mental health and police treat me (along with politicians) I am often arrested.  Noting I am never violent towards others but I do retaliate verbally – I am however violent towards myself.

     

     

    WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO ME

     

    That I have somewhere safe to live where I can heal from my mental injury.  That I have access to models, laws and documents like the disability strategy.

     

    Along with all the items listed in the disability strategy.  Which are also mirrored in the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, human rights act, ACC legislation, Bill of Rights, Welfare agreements, etc.  So many documents saying so many good things while society deteriorates – time to do this the right way.

     

    That we have a multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation (as outlined in Shrawan Kumar’s book 2000 – Butterworth & Heinemann) in the area of mental health, particularly mental injury.  That I am able to have a Whare Tapa Wha approach to my rehabilitation and extensive professional Occupational Therapy services (I would envisage Social Workers, counsellors, mental health workers given OT training – these people are pivotal in a comprehensive well run, co-ordinated, efficient, rehabilitation plan).  Every one of this team needs to be educated in the area of traumatic stress disorders and the laws, expectations.

     

    I would have a psychiatrist of my choosing overseeing my rehabilitation and progress, an Occupational Therapist,  a counsellor, mental health support worker, lawyer, people in the community, trauma art therapist, education support and access to culturally appropriate residential ‘retreats’ when necessary.  That my GP would be kept informed and from time to time saw me to check on progress to independence and prosperity.

     

    I would have care in the community and help to reintegrate back into the community.  I would be able to go on a ‘retreat’ for six weeks of drug free healing and intensive care (which is actually a requirement in the ACC legislation).  Intensive care of traumatised people at the beginning is far more humane and cost effective than as the person deteriorates through medical neglect.

     

    Outcome 1:                            Attitudes

     

    I am valued by society just like everyone else

     

    Now I know why I was avoiding writing this submission, it is the attitudes of some people, especially those in authority, in health and justice services that are the worst.  Also those of my family and many in the community who don’t really know me and what I have been through.

     

    The attitudes of police I was recently subjected to who think I am refusing health care, am mentally ill and that’s why I make this my job, plus wasting their time.

     

    Government show over and over again through changes to welfare legislation that they think disabled people are of no value, except for making money for drug companies and creating lots of jobs for lawyers, welfare agencies, judges, police, justice system, etc.

     

    Reporting by media in the area of violent mental health cases is uninformed, discriminatory and biased.  I protest regularly and extensively, along with making submissions and writing to various people – media refuse to tell my story, what I know and what I do – what I’m fighting for.

     

    Outcome 2:                            Justice

     

    I am treated the same way as everyone else by the justice system.

     

    Hell no, this is not appropriate in the area of mental injury given the high levels of stress involved when forced by police to do anything – especially in a terrified or heightened state.  People with traumatic stress disorders need their phobias and triggers acknowledged and accommodated if at all possible.  Being near an exit, or being able to escape is a well recognised behaviour in abused people.

     

    Police sometimes accommodate my disorder and make arrests as stressless as possible – I am rarely held in the cells now and often out within 30 minutes.

     

    As Justice Winkelman has said disabled people are not getting access to justice and this needs to change.  The objective with mentally injured people would be to keep them out of the justice system, not have police and the justice system as the bottom of the cliff mental health services.  Although there has been a significant amount of resources go into people in prison, especially in the arts and being able to work, education and some health services.

     

    Then of course there are the mentally injured and ill people who are dangerous to society, pedophiles, paranoid, physically and sexually violent.  People we know are like this should not be allowed in the community, even with 24 hour supervision.  Ashley Peacock doesn’t have that priviledge and he hasn’t killed or sexually abused anyone.

     

    There are currently many dangerous mentally injured and ill in the community, these people need health and welfare services before they need justice services.  We all need to be kept safe, I have heard stories of dangerous mentally ill people begging judges for health care and being forcibly removed from court with nothing.

     

    There are significant improvements in the care of mentally injured and ill people in police custody.  Several officers at Wellington Central have said they need mental health workers at the station at all times – men and women.  They need somewhere and someone to get those with mental health issues out of the cells and into care.  I heard one senior officer make three phone calls trying to get someone to come and get a teenager with mental health issues that had been dropped by adolescent mental health services.

     

    The fact is many mentally injured and ill people cannot get protection and representation of a lawyer.  They are either too busy, not skilled in this area of law or cannot afford to do legal aid work – this is against the law – (the Magna Carta).  You can’t just say this is happening without something being done to rectify it (upskilling of lawyers in dealing with mentally injured and traumatised people is vitally important).

     

    Currently police are being used in a punitive way – which is against the law.  I have had the police called 15 times for welfare visits in four months, called by health justice and media organisations and never once did I say I was going to kill myself.  Though I do suffer from suicidal ideology which is a living nightmare when it is bad.  Police are supposed to help but they intimidate and humiliate – often just by being there, I have had several bad experiences with bigoted officers.  I wrote to police and begged them not to come to my house, they ignored me.  They have also turned up 11pm at night and frightened me badly.

     

    Currently I am up on five charges 1 of Misuse of a Telephone for phoning ACC and screaming for care (after being told for past 5 years my care would be reinstated), 3 counts of using chalk pen on windows at Carterton Police station (after 2 officers insulted me for 10 mins I did a swastika), Wgtn High Court after I was assaulted by security, refused a lawyer and refused access to watch Tony Ellis and the case of torture with 3 mentally ill men.  Also the Appeal Court in Wellington for a swastika and writing lies all over the words on that building about justice and law.  Also for Wilful Trespass of High Court for refusing to leave re Tony Ellis case.

     

    I have been taken to court by police multiple times, many times the charges have been dropped just before the case (I would have gone twice before however).  I have won four cases in court for wilful trespass, one I had to appeal a conviction of wilful trespass of ACC for a legal protest.  One for legally protesting outside the DHB offices at Masterton Hospital, which I had to defend myself – thankfully judge Tuohy was very accommodating of my stress disorder and helped me through the process.  This is a gross waste of money for me and the government, as well as stressful for me and challenging for court staff – as I no longer handle things well.  My last appearance – alone – was two weeks ago and I ended up curled up in a ball on the floor in a corner with a large painting of mine in front of me, with my eyes closed and fingers in my ears, crying, frightened of everything and everybody.  I have been in this position several times since I was assaulted and bullied by Wairarapa police, I have made a formal complaint about what happened being unjustifiably violent.

     

    I am sometimes kept in the cells too long and have broken down several times, there should have been people available to sit with me, or I should have been taken to a room with a window and if no risk taken for a walk outside – especially if I am there a long time.  A couple of months ago I was arrested for protesting and kept under mental health for five hours in the cells as punishment for swearing and yelling at staff at police headquarters about Its Not OK propaganda.  Mental health came and went – I am petrified of mental health services there is no way I would tell those people anything, mostly I am triggered and swear at them about how bad their services are.

     

    I have spoken to dozens of policemen and women who all agree with what I protest about mental health services being inadequate and not what they say.

     

    Outcome 3:                            Choice and Control

     

    I can make my own choices and have control over my life just like everyone else.

     

    This does not happen currently, especially with people like me who refuse psychotropic drugs on religious and ethical grounds.  The part about care and services being client centred are not true in regard to mental injury and mental health services.  Most do not get a say, once people have a psychotic episode or attempt suicide and are put under mental health act the majority of public mental health services heavily medicate.  Especially the lazy ones and most bigoted, like the head of mental health in Wairarapa who dislikes women.  We also have the highest rate of compulsory treatment orders and use of psychotropic drugs.

     

    I live in Carterton, I would like to continue living in my own community, however there are no available and suitable homes.  Even though it is a requirement that disabled people have access to social housing.  I would prefer to be able to buy my own home which I believe is a cultural right and I should be offered a government loan to do this.  Under the Crimes Act people must have the necessaries of life and a safe stable home is one of them – especially for a traumatised person.

     

    I should be able to ask for the help I read about in laws and brochures, not be rejected, not be further traumatised by the system, my human rights must be protected not just promoted.

     

     

    Outcome 4:                            Health and Wellbeing

     

    I have the same level of health and wellbeing as everyone else.

     

    I am supported to be the best person I can be, to self-actualise and have a life worth living.  I will manage my health and be grateful for the support I am given by participating to the best of my ability.

     

    I will have the necessaries of life as outlined in Maslows Hierachy of Needs, I will not feel life is to frightening and not worth living.  I will not feel worthless, like human sewage and on a torture wheel of hell from services supposed to help and protect me.

     

    I will have access to other health care needs besides my mental health – which I am currently not having in several areas as I am too afraid to see the doctor.  When you don’t want to live it is difficult to get yourself to beg for help about less significant medical conditions – I have issues with my bladder and kidneys but have been unable to have tests required done for past two years.  Because I need my ACC care back and mental health support worker to go with me – I have no-one else I feel safe taking.

     

    I will have the gym membership and support I had as part of my ACC rehabilitation plan in 2009, to help deal with my increasing weight and eating disorder.  I will be able to see a professional about my eating disorder, which I havn’t been about to do for over 10 years.

     

    Wellbeing include psychosocial support to reintegrate successfully into the community – from which I have become isolated due to poor mental health, poverty and unemployment.  I will reconnect with my whanau, as I have become distant from them as well, they dislike that I don’t work and do the activism I do.

     

     

    Outcome 5:                            Accessibility

     

    I can access places, services and information just like everyone else.

     

    I need help with this as I have tried for years to access the treatment care rehabilitation justice etc I am entitled to under law without success.  This is something my lawyer could assist with to start with as I am currently turned away repeatedly.

     

    I have a home that enables me to participate in my community.  In the current housing crisis this is a serious issue for me and many others.  I live in private rental accommodation with a flatmate who takes advantage of me and I need him to leave but I can’t say anything.  I could be asked to leave with six weeks notice if family wanted to move in.  The thought terrifies me as I have had so many bad experiences moving, I moved 4 x in 12 months a couple of years ago – sent my stress disorder off the scale.  I have lost many things, had many broken and many stolen in all my moves.

     

    I can regain the confidence to perform my poetry and plays, learn more about creative writing for profit and to share history and fantasy with my community.

     

    That as I heal and no longer need intensive services that at any time in the future when I am overwhelmed with trauma I can return to services without question.

     

    That I am not assessed to death, and have this processed used as a form of denying services rather than providing appropriate professional services depending on physical, psychological and psychosocial needs.

     

    Outcome 6:                            Leadership

     

    I have the same opportunities for leadership as everyone else and there are leaders who can represent me.

     

    This is definitely not happening in mental health and I do not feel there are any leaders or organisations representing me in any meaningful way.  In fact I feel our leaders are ignorant, arrogant and disrespectful of my expertise, experience and talents.

     

    Outcome 7:                            Education

     

    I have the same education outcomes just like everyone else.

     

    I was studying law at Victoria before I was mentally injured in 2002, I had passed five out of six papers – one I had dropped, I was very busy as a single parent and owner manager in my franchise business.  After I was hurt I tried but could not go back to university, I have since done papers in rehabilitation, health, journalism, creative scriptwriting, but none were successful due to my disability and inadequate support.

     

    If I have received an ACC Independence Allowance of $18 per week, half of it has to go to my student loan – which is incredibly unjust – also I disagree with the level of this allowance but could not challenge it.

     

    I have reports saying I am intelligent, do not have a personality disorder and am not delusional, yet I do not work and am rotting on welfare.  I protest and participate in submissions like this because I know my disorder, I know what I need, know what I’m entitled to and know what a professional rehabilitation plan actually entails.

     

    According to ACC legislation they are required to return me as near as practicable to my previous life – they have never made any attempt to do this.  I have tried and failed because they refuse to support those things I believe are necessary, for years I tried to heal myself – I failed over and over again until I gave up and started being a Civil Society Actor in the area of mental health full time.  If I can’t work then I don’t want to live – simple as that.  And I want a job that uses my knowledge and talents.

     

    Disabled people, in fact no people, should have to pay for their education.  Disabled people are currently driven out of the neo-liberal capitalist working environment, which does not allow for people who are not 100% fit and efficient to do the job – they don’t want anybody that cannot earn a maximum – that’s what they call productivity.

     

    As the New Zealand government has signed the Economic Social and Cultural Rights covenant, as well as the disability rights declaration I believe they are responsible for ensuring disabled people have valued work.  That will require the government to create meaningful jobs, or support the disabled person to create a meaningful job for them and perhaps others.  I would like to develop my scriptwriting and write the multiple plays I have started to develop, including plays about NZ history.  I would like to record some of my songs and work with a band to see if they are valuable when professionally produced.

     

    I am an advocate for Te Whariki – an early childhood document that I believe could be extended to cover all education.

     

    Mentally injured and ill students must be given extra help they are entitled to in order to achieve their best.  Many have behavioural issues and need more intensive support, or learn through doing, many are creative but not very academic and avenues to develop creative talents need to be provided.

     

    An older student cannot learn efficiently or sometimes at all if they are extremely stressed due to housing issues or poverty.  People who are studying need to be provided safe accommodation and/or travel to education (eg travel from Carterton to Victoria , Massey or Whitiraia).

     

    Outcome 8:                            Employment

     

    I have the same employment outcomes and opportunities as everyone else.

     

    One of my most basic desires and requirements of any rehabilitation plan I participate in, is how it is going to facilitate my returning to work and value in the community, that improves my mental health, not makes it deteriorate.

     

    I have learnt a lot over the past 14 years, along with my artistic expression I want to use what I have learnt to help and protect other men women and children with mental injuries.  I want to see realised all the resources services and facilities required to provide the professional treatment care rehabilitation and justice people, with mental injures as a result of abuse, are entitled to under ACC, health, disability, criminal, imperial, human rights and bill of rights laws.

     

    As referred to previously in our current economic climate people with disabilities (or those caring for them) are mostly unemployed – this needs to be addressed by government and not just left to the community.  They are not the ones who created this low wage, high unemployment, unequal society, government did and they have a responsibility to all disabled people to ensure their lives are worth living.

     

    Kia kaha to us all.

The Science of strong vs weak in our societies

Was reading through an excellent book by Bessel van der Kolk and others called Traumatic Stress – The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind Body and Society.  Written in the 1980s, I discovered it during my studies at Massey in 2006.  This is what our world leaders, governments, health professionals and judiciary know about trauma and violence – which is why I know they are corrupt and uncivilized – you don’t ignore science when dealing with these issues, you learn from it and react accordingly so you DON’T perpetuate it.  Was going to just write out a couple of paragraphs but felt I needed to do more of it.  Anybody interested should get hold of the book though, its brilliant, true, ignored and brilliant.

NOTE: I don’t intend to proof read or correct spelling, so excuse any typos.

Trauma and Its Challenge to Society

“Shell shock.  How many a brief bombardment had its long-delayed after-effect in the minds of these survivors.  Not then was their evil hour, but now; now, in the sweating suffocation of nightmare, in paralysis of limbs, in the stammering of dislocated speech.  In the name of civilisation these soldiers had been martyred and it remained for civilisation to prove that their martyrdom wasn’t a dirty swindle.

Siegfried Sassoon WWI solider and poet – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_Sassoon

People have always gathered in communities and organisations for aid in dealing with outside challenges.  They seek close emotional relationships with others in order to elp them anticipate, meet, and integrate difficult experiences.  Emotional attachment is probably the primary protection against feelings of helplessness and meaninglessness; it is essential for biological survival in children and without it, existential meaning is unthinkable in adtults.  For young children, the family is usually a very effective sources of protection against traumatization and most children are amazingly resilient as long as they have a caregiver who is emotionally and physically available.  Mature people also rely on their families, colleagues and friends to provide such a protective membrane.  In recognition of this need for affiliation as a protection against trauma, it is widely accepted that the central issue in disaster management is provision and restoration of social support.

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When people’s own resources are depleted, outside help needs to be mobilized to compensate for their helplessness.  During acute trauma, the social environment tends to respond with generosity; from tribal mourning ceremonies to Red Cross disaster relief, every society seems to have evolved social and religious structures that are geared to helping acutely distressed people until they can resume looking after themselves.  External validation about the reality of a traumatic experience in a safe and supportive context is a vital aspect of preventing and treating post traumatic stress. However, the creation of such a context for recovery can become very complicated when the psychological needs of victims and the needs of their social network conflict.  When victims’ helplessness persists (as in Complex, Chronic and Compounding PTSD, or when the trauma is secret, forbidden, or unacceptable (as in intrafamilial abuse or government-sanctioned violence), the trauma is unlikely to result in the mobilization of external resources, in restitution, or in the meting out of justice.  Because of the lack of validation and support, traumatic memories are more likely to continue to prey on the victims’ minds and to be expressed as anger, withdrawal or otherwise disrupted and disrupting behaviours.

(Personal note:  Really unwell at the moment, can’t stick at one thing for too long so going to post what I’ve typed, go and make some biscuits etc, then come back to it.)

 

 

Spent the weekend protesting and chalking up a storm

 

Went to the protest about rape, victim blaming, poor services etc in Wellington.  Didn’t go as expected which always happens when out protesting, but learnt heaps which is the main thing.

M and I were both disappointed by the same rhetoric and complaints that she was hearing 30 years ago (when involved with rape crisis).  I didn’t understand why people were calling for better services when they should have been calling for the services they were entitled to by law.  I have written to several sexual abuse organisations about what I know of the law and provided solutions but I never heard back.  Also I was treated really badly by Rape Crisis in Masterton so would NEVER EVER GO BACK THERE – those women were vicious and cruel.

There were a lot of young people there – when we did a debrief later we decided we have to focus on educating these sexual abuse centres and people involved with them about what we know of the law, their entitlements to health care and justice and the science of healing from abuse.

BLOODY HELL I CAN’T UPLOAD PHOTOS – shit I hate sorting this stuff out – wish I had a social media support team – grrrrrr.

 

Woke up this morning & I wasn’t as scared to protest

Was telling M yesterday how angry I get with myself for being scared of the police & mental health services to the point of stopping me protesting as much as I want in the streets.  Telling people how bad it is, collecting names of people who are being abused/persecuted, educating people, making these maggots take responsibility for what they are doing.

This morning I woke up and I didn’t feel as scared, so I am off protesting CHALK BOMBING Masterton about sexual abuse, persecution by police & mental health services of abused and mentally ill people, corrupt DHB and others.  Am not going to get really angry at anybody today (I hope), anybody who gives me shit I am going to repeat a mantra (I havn’t made up yet) that brings the focus back to what is important.

I’ve been watching more of Russell Brand and appreciate the way he turns difficult issues back to the same issue of redistribution of wealth and the fact governments are the ones supposed to care about the poor and vulnerable.

Going to take my guitar too – A couple of hours every day, or maybe Monday’s and Fridays – my two favourite days – NOT.  Mondays because I’m starting another week not working and feeling like a piece of human sewage and Fridays because I have spent the week begging for the care & justice I know I am entitled to by law but nothing has changed (or things are worse).

Also Russell was saying how meditation is getting him through and I’m going to TRY and start.  Havn’t done it for years but after Michelle tried to get me to stop thinking yesterday and I couldn’t I know I need to try something to balance me a bit more.

Have been booted off commenting on news pages etc by facebook so taken to twitter a lot more and boy has it been a boost.  It’s harder in some ways as everything is a bloody ‘sound bite’ but its making me a little more creative and hooking up with some very interesting people.  Also getting the attention of a few good media people – even someone at the dominion post (shock and horror).

My new boarder has a bit of OCD I think and loves cleaning, so its great for getting me organised – the planets are aligning I can feel it.

Read Shrawan Kumar – Multidisciplinary Approach to Rehabilitation

I studied rehabilitation at Massey University in 2005 thanks to WINZ – they took away all the training incentive allowances – bastards, so I can’t continue with my studies.

Shrawan Kmar is a leading authority on the multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation and his book is excellent, I was just leafing through some of the post it notes I marked in the book and thought I would share them with you.  Get a copy of his book if you are needing to know what professional rehabilitation really is.  If you have a stress disorder dream a little what this could mean for you.

The first marked page is a flow diagram FIGURE 1.3 Sample flow chart for comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation.

Intake begins while the patient is in acute care (eg you’ve been hospitalised with assistance of police, friends or family)

Admission is preceded by contact between the acute team and the rehab team.

Interdisciplinary assessment is completed along with a daily schedule for the patient

In-depth assessment is completed by each of the team members.

An initial team conference is convened and a plan of treatment is developed

Treatment commences with an interdisciplinary focus

Weekly team conferences are used to share patient progress and modify the treatment plan

A discharge conference reviewing current level of function and ways to maintain it and prescribes for the future services

Once the ‘abuse victim’ ..”is bought into the unit the care team begins its individual assessments.  The initial assessments are administered using an interdisciplinary assessment tool.  The purpose of such an approach is to ensure that the patient is not forever repeating the same information to the various members of the team (something that traumatises abuse victims).  Generally speaking the initial assessments are a fairly cursory view of the patient’s current level of function.  Using the daily schedule developed for the patient, individual team members move to complete more detailed evaluations to develop long and short term patient goals.”  “the patient and her support team are always contributing to these goals”.

Check out my Solutions page, Fence At The Top Of The Cliff rehabilitation model for stress disordered people and Mental Injury Services business plan.

This is what people are entitled to, this is what we teach in our universities, this is what is not being applied to abused people with stress disorders.  This is what I fight for and I will not back down until I get professional rehabilitation using a multidisciplinary approach.

Imagine moving from acute care or from the community into a six week programme, then with support out in the community until independence (accepting that this may not be achievable for some people).

 

Talking law with M. Protesting in Wellington. Met with Auditor-General

Busy few days, finishing up on a real high after my protest at the Office of the Auditor-General.  I was there to get another trespass notice, sing, recite poetry and hold them accountable.  But as I have said many times before you just never know what is going to happen when you go on a protest mission.

 

What happened is Lyn Provost (the Auditor-General) was in the office and wanted to see me.  I have a video of my protest up until that point as she didn’t want it recorded.  She told me they had started preparing the performance audit for ACC and WINZ and me and M could be part of it as we were just the types of people that were being hurt by the current processes.  I cried most of it, a voice at last – though I know it is going to take ages – will come out before the elections next year – which is good and will be something the Labour government better address.  (Can’t help feeling suspicious about the timing, as a political tool for Labour – and a sure don’t trust them.)

I intend to keep up my protests and should hear next week if the Director of Human Rights will represent me against ACC and the police.  In fact I intend to escalate my protests and start breaching bail conditions and trespass notices very soon, along with some ideas I have got about using pigs blood as an artistic form of protest.

Call for Justice letters – Part 7

23 September 2013

 

Attention: Secretary for Justice

Mr Andrew Bridgman

And others

 

Dear Mr Bridgman,

 

PROOF OF CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE IN HEALTH, WELFARE & JUSTICE SERVICES FOR ABUSED & MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE DUE TO IMMORAL ABUSIVE NEO-LIBERAL POLITICAL THEORIES- PART 7

 

Rough day today, lots of anger and extreme sadness, I couldn’t escape it no matter where I went – every part of my day was controlled by the NZ government.  The NZ government have had control of my life since I was raped, I thought I had some control but I didn’t, they made sure of that by brainwashing my community to resent, judge and ostracize me for not working & needing extensive health care.

 

Thankfully I have a suicidal friend and we could talk through the extreme suicidal thoughts of putting a gun in my mouth and blowing off the back of head which were on auto repeat.  I wanted to cut myself so badly, it was the like the only way to release some of the stress/psychological pain was physical pain and blood.  I cried a lot, I hate crying, I could barely move, just wandered around the house mostly, I wanted to be numb but I have no money for alcohol or pot – I wanted to forget the impossible situation I am in and the fact I have no control over it.  My bulimia has been bad but today I could barely eat and felt nauseous all day.  I know why I feel sick – because what the NZ government are doing to abused people like me is sickening.

 

Watching TV has become almost impossible, I want to self-harm every time I see anything about the America’s cup, knowing people in the NZ government made the decision to give those rich sports people $35million dollars at the same time as stopping abused people like me getting the health care they are entitled to.  Sick.

 

One of the programmes I saw was about families, babies, children and parenting, I was overcome with grief when I think of the past 11 years as my girls were growing up.  What they missed out on by having a severely stress disordered disabled parent, what ACC and others put me and my children through in order to stop me getting treatment, care, rehabilitation and justice (ie to save money and pander to their cruel immoral neo-liberal political beliefs).

 

My girls were 6 and 7 when I was raped, they don’t remember what I was like before the rape, they never knew me to be happy (except for a fleeting moment), for months on end I couldn’t touch them (I used to cry and tell them I was sorry it wasn’t their fault)…………………… I can’t go on what ACC and others put us through – for what?……………………. Why, what has all the rejection and persecution ever achieved???????……………….  I don’t understand?

 

All the ‘health professionals’ that lied, wrote reports that didn’t make sense, were not true, not based on medical or scientific fact, were degrading, incompetent, unprofessional.   Comments stated as fact that were created out of their imaginations so that ACC got the report they wanted and the assessor got paid over $5,000 for it – THAT IS CORRUPTION!  Those that weren’t paid such big money were threatened with the loss of their jobs if they tried to professionally support the abused person.  It has been proven that ACC favour health providers that give them the answers they want – that achieve their neo-liberal goals of getting rid of ‘the tail’ or ‘low hanging fruit’ or high needs long term claimants.  ACC stop using health providers and assessors that don’t say what they want.

 

What ACC and mental health have done is drive people to suicide and dysfunctional ways of coping – abuse victims, mostly children driven insane due to lack of professional care – gross neglect.  And no, it doesn’t happen to all abuse/trauma victims that they develop Complex PTSD, but then people have different support networks and personalities.  I remember a counsellor saying once that about 80% of families handle sexual abuse badly, I know many of the really screwed up abuse victims have been abused by their own families.  So when the television talks about families sticking together and supporting each other, for people like me (where my family hate me because I don’t work) and those who have abusive families it is like being hit with a softball bat as a reminder what you don’t have.

 

Talking with my friend last night she mentioned the Hyundai family adverts and how bad she felt when she saw them.

 

My children missed out on holidays and time with our extended family, my family considered me insane so I was never allowed to have my nieces and nephews to stay.  The seldom visited because I was poor and my house wasn’t as flash as theirs, plus I usually had little food in the house and they would have to buy more.  They all love my girls and say how great they are but we were never a priority in any of their lives, no matter how poor or unwell I became.  I have family who are well off financially but they would never ever help me out, except for a few times and I was made to feel really bad about accepting it – as far as they are concerned love is a word not an action.

 

There are some good health professionals but they are rare and organisations like ACC always make sure they employ the most corruptible health professionals as assessors.  People like Anne Walshe who is obviously mentally disturbed and because she was caught up in an attempted murder with her psychiatrist lover only ACC would employ her.  That gives them huge power over her and she would say anything they wanted.  The report she did on me was ridiculous, she had no previous medical history and did not talk with friends or family about my behaviour/life prior to the rape.  I can’t go into just how bad it is, as they would require me to go over it again and I cannot.  One day I hope to have legal representation and bring that vile woman to justice.

 

When I read something untrue or degrading written by a ‘health professional’ or bureaucrat I become extremely agitated to the point of self-harm.  When I get really down, which I often do as my situation is so dire, the words they have written will go over and over in my head and I start thinking of myself is the most vile piece of human sewage in this country.

 

I failed my children over and over again, they are ashamed of me as they are getting older and I don’t work, my family are ashamed of me – I am an embarrassment for not working and protesting.  They would have had a very very different life if I hadn’t been raped and then neglected and persecuted by ACC and others.  I have cost the country hundreds of thousands of dollars in welfare and other services, including the loss of taxes I would have paid.  How has spending thousands of dollars trying to stop me getting health care and rehabilitation been cost effective.  ACC, mental health and others made me suffer – for what?

 

They manipulated and tried to confuse me with their processes – which are extremely complicated and impossible for any traumatised person to use.

 

Cooking shows are really starting to upset me lately – now I only have $50 for groceries for Megan and I every week.  I can’t afford ANYTHING they cook, why do the government think it is a good idea to ensure the lowest possible income for those rotting on welfare?  How do they think poor people feel having food and items they can’t afford shoved down their throats.  How many times a day do you think I see an advertisement that I can’t respond to because of poverty or my disorder.

 

I cried today because I just can’t understand how so many people could be involved in this gross miscarriage of justice and nobody does anything about it – NOBODY.  You all know it is going on but the complaints processes are so bad nobody gets justice and the thing that annoys me the most – nobody has to look you in the eye when you are devastated by rejection.  In fact the government has become very good at avoiding every situation where they have to take responsibility for the deaths, harm and suffering of people due to years of deregulation, reforms and austerity aimed at the poor and mentally injured/ill.  I can’t actually recall any cuts to the rich, they tried to get rid of their tax free carparks but they all kicked up a stink and won.  They tried to shut down a heap of extravagant embassies in small countries but everybody kicked up stink so they stopped.  Yet they stopped poor people getting physiotherapy and professional mental health services through ACC and nobody really said anything.

 

I am being tortured, discriminated against due to my disability, experimented on and the community is being brainwashed to resent, discredit and degrade me – why?  Why is this cruel immoral neo-liberal political ideology allowed to dominate medical science and remove a person’s rights under law to be treated with respect and dignity?  Why?  Where are the Bill of Rights and Human Rights laws to protect us from the rich and powerful, why aren’t they being applied?

 

I have had the police here again today (I probably already said that but I am very tired) I get scared now when I hear a car go past or stop – I’m always looking out the window worried the police are going to come and try and take me away.  Take me away, mental health will commit me, they will load me up on drugs and incarcerate me until I tell them I am never going to protest about abusive health services again.  By then I will have lost everything I have, my home, all my belongings, my dog, my children will have to fend for themselves – or try and organise my things.  Where will the furniture I have collected over the years go?

 

You people wonder why I have a morbid fear of mental health services, but these people destroy lives, they don’t repair them.  Every mentally ill or injured person I have spoken to has told me mental health services are abusive and never ever get committed if you possibly can avoid it, as you will be far worse when you come out than when you went in.  My suicidal friend was committed years ago and is petrified of them, everybody I know is.  How come mental health services are so abusive – it is called health care – many of the techniques/treatments they use for controlling people who are self-harming, eating disordered, violent/enraged, etc could not be found in any medical text book.

 

Things like isolation, incarceration and drugging are methods of torture, not methods of health care – how do these people get away with this??  I don’t understand how or why they would do it – what does refusing people begging for help achieve?  All it does is pander to cruel immoral survival of the fittest and persecution of the weak behaviour.  …………………….I am so tired.

 

Have to try and organise the doctor in Wainuiomata tomorrow as the lump under my breast has got bigger and it is worrying me.  Along with not knowing how I am going to live, that I need a flatmate but am too scared to look for one, that Megan’s exboyfriend will hang himself in our garage or start stalking Megan with the intention of hurting her, that my family don’t speak to me, that I owe $300 in bills and I can’t pay them (in 11 years I have never incurred a bad debt) I always paid my bills, that my life is about to get a lot worse, that I have to watch TV with all the things I can’t have and never will have, that now I am not buying any café or takeaway food at all I have no reason to go out.  I can’t join clubs, I try to participate in my community and get hurt over and over again.

 

I was a respected person in the community before I was raped, ACC, Wairarapa mental health, NGOs and social agencies in my area have done everything they can to ensure I am ridiculed, degraded and discredited.  In Greytown they call me Crazy Jayne, I’m crazy for needing help, knowing what I am entitled to and asking for it????  What sort of country do I live in – how have you people in charge of it been able to get away with what you have done to me and around 500 000 other people rotting at the bottom of the neo-liberal heap. ……………………….. I am so tired………………………….Its 1 am, I’ve been awake since 4am along with being really upset several times during the day.

 

Will tell you tomorrow how it went trying to get health care today.

 

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Have taken to bed, can’t get up, just want to sleep this hell away – I know other people who do that just to escape the hell their lives are.

 

Yesterday I started to organise trying to access health care about the lump I have because I knew I could not return to the last doctor I saw at the Masterton Medical Centre.  Last time I had a cancerous lump I was turned away by Masterton Hospital, Lower Hutt hospital, Whaiora (twice), Featherston Medical Centre and Martinborough Medical Centre.  Eventually I was taken by a friend (because I am scared of people at Mstn Medical who have rejected me before – Dr Maunsell particularly) and saw a doctor at Mstn Medical who burnt off the cancerous lump.

 

The next time I heard from Mstn medical staff was about three weeks later – a phone call from some woman, after she had received a phone call from ACC saying I was going to kill myself and was told to contact me.  I was having a bad day and when she phoned I just hung up immediately and left the house as I knew the police wouldn’t be far behind.  I HAVE NEVER EVER SAID I AM GOING TO KILL MYSELF – EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I have said repeatedly that I want to kill myself as my life was so bad and explained what the suicidality is like and the thoughts going through my head.  ANYBODY WHO LIVES THE LIFE I AM FORCED TO WOULD BECOME SUICIDAL!

 

When I thought the coast would be clear I returned home, I was afraid because the time previous the police had turned up Sgt Basher was with them and had been extremely degrading and insulting (I made a formal police complaint).  There had also been three police cars – which is extremely frightening and embarrassing as my neighbours see this.  The police did eventually turn up that day at 11.30pm at night, they knocked on the door and I freaked out because I thought it was Josh (my daughters suicidal exboyfriend), they questioned me as they usually do and left.  I always feel intimidated by these visits because of the potential for me to be locked up and committed, they were nice police officers and left quickly.  It is only 10% of them that are really bad, most are good and don’t really know what to do for me – they see how bad mental health services are every day – they pick up the pieces.

 

When I got home I discovered on my mobile phone 18 missed calls and a text msg.  I answered the text message with very abusive language – I don’t know why – I wanted them to leave me alone I suppose, they are the enemy.  I saved the two texts they sent and my reply, they did reply to my abusive text but I couldn’t read it and just stored it, so I don’t know what was said.  I never heard another thing from them.

 

Masterton Medical betrayed me, they sent the police to bully me into shutting up about not getting the health care I am entitled to and exposing how corrupt the system and people involved truly are.  When I needed to see the doctor about this latest lump I could not go back to Masterton as I don’t trust them, so in order to accommodate the impairments related to my disorder I have had to move doctors yet again.

 

Yesterday I attempted to get my notes moved from Masterton to Wainuiomata (I have a friend there who can support me to go to the doctor), I was told there was no way I could do it without them seeing a signed change of doctor form.  I had no ink in my printer and no money to pay for a fax, eventually I decided to risk it and take my car, which was on empty (a 30 minute round trip from Carterton).  When I got there I tried to stay calm but I was forced to wait and that always makes me more anxious.  When I got to speak to the receptionist I became upset, saying I needed to sign a form, could I please just sign the form and go.  Apparently I wasn’t using the exact procedure they needed as the Wainui doctor was supposed to provide the form – I had phoned Mstn Medical earlier and been told I could go in and sign the form as it would speed up the process of my new doctor getting my notes.  Until the new doctor had my notes they would not make an appointment for me, no matter how urgent.

 

While at the desk I started to tick badly, shake and cry, barely able to speak and obviously very distressed.  I find it really hard to hold my head up, I am so ashamed, you feel like a complete nutter when your body responds like that in front of strangers – but there is nothing you can do.  At one point someone put their hand on my shoulder from behind and I freaked out, like I have never freaked out before.  I recoiled like something really bad had touched me, moved 3-4 metres from the person and strongly told them never ever to touch me and how dare they touch me.  The woman was one I had used to support me to make the complaint to Inspector Register of Masterton police about ACC and mental health (under Section 157 of the Crimes Act).  Of course relatively recently Register had sent me a letter saying he didn’t believe a thing I said, ACC and mental health had advised them I was refusing their care and that was the end of that.

 

I know why I recoiled so badly, it is part of the rejection I experience at the hands of ACC and mental health.  Again proof of the psychological torture ACC, mental health and police are putting me through.  From my own studies I think it is part of an ‘attachment disorder’ associated with my Complex PTSD.  Complex PTSD is called that because of the variety of different dysfunctional behaviours that come from it, eg eating disorders, anxiety disorders, violence, addictions and phobias.

 

Currently ignorant and bigoted ‘health professionals’ are looking at the symptoms of Complex PTSD as the cause of the dysfunctional behaviour.  For example I was first diagnosed as having a Personality Disorder by Anne Walshe because of the dysfunctional behaviour she was told about when she assessed me.  It was completely irrelevant to her that I was a normally functioning human being before I was raped, who had been in a long term relationship with children and running businesses (which if I had a personality disorder would not have been possible).

 

Currently in New Zealand there are large amounts of money being spent on drug counselling – due to the idiot Paul Holmes one man crusade to blame drugs for his addict daughter and not his own poor parenting.  All incompetent health professionals who believe drugs are the cause of dysfunction rather than a symptom of it have been brainwashed into this neo-liberal belief.  Easily done when the government took money out of mainstream mental health services, in order to funnel it into drug addicts.  The sad thing about that is, those of us who don’t use drugs or alcohol to the point of abuse are penalised even further (ie you have to be a drug addict to get therapy).

 

At one point when ACC dumped me I started going to a drug counsellor as it was the only access I had to therapy.  He was quite useless, promised to find out about eating disorders but didn’t, did several therapies with me one of which was about intimate relationships which of course I could not have due to fear after the rape.  After this particular therapy our regular sessions ended as he was regularly away and then he resigned.

 

At the moment the DHB elections are on and I have to look at those vile people on the Wairarapa DHB who have ensured the degradation of mental health services in this region to the point of abuse.  I have written several times to these people and been ignored, one of the members knew me a little from Greytown and I had written to her about my problems getting care – she discredited and ignored me.  I have been sending a copy of these letters to the Wairarapa DHB but was told by their administration person that I should be making a formal complaint and it was not appropriate for them to receive my letters.  I replied to her saying if she didn’t pass on these letters to every member of the DHB then she would be held personally responsible.

 

This separation between Boards and governance is really really bad – it is what stops those at the top from being held accountable for the damage, suffering and murders they are causing in our communities.  The Wairarapa has one of the highest rates of suicide and child abuse in New Zealand, all the DHB ever do is marketing campaigns.  Treatment care and rehabilitation are not available, what is there is someone to talk to, who will keep and eye on you and make sure you are doing what is needed to function or they will commit you.  The threat of that hell works on 80% of mentally ill/injured people – people know this is happening, health professionals know this is happening, thousands of mentally injured/ill people know this is happening – WHY IS THIS HAPPENING????  This isn’t health care this is psychological torture and abuse.

 

Of course I know why this is happening, human nature being what it is and studying the history of human conflict and basic instinct behaviour in humans.  A study of the rise of the NAZIs in Germany mirrors perfectly what is happening in New Zealand society as cruel immoral neo-liberalism replaces medical/scientific fact and Christian principles of caring for the poor and less fortunate.  Of course as said before the Human Rights and Bill of Rights Acts were supposed to protect us from this sort of oppression and abuse – it hasn’t.

 

I get money tomorrow so can go and see my suicidal friend and help her with her court case against ACC etc as well as see the doctor about this lump.  Today is going to be another long long day, I hope the policeman who was here yesterday doesn’t come back like he said he would.  Although he is one of the good guys he cares to much and asks me questions that make me cry when I have to answer them.  Especially about not getting care or the support of my family.

 

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Just had another melt-down, when I tried to phone Wainuiomata Health Centre and get an appointment.  The young woman was so stupid, I said the information was signed and on its way could I please make an appointment and fill out the form when I got there.  She said no way, the right form must be filled out, she didn’t care if the issue was serious, I started to freak out which made things worse.  She said go to a hospital I said I tried that last time it didn’t work.  I offered her $100 (I don’t have) if she please made me an appointment, I begged and pleaded with her, she just got angry and more belligerent that I had to fill out the form.

 

So now I am going from a medical centre that I can’t deal with and doesn’t understand my ‘terrets’ type behaviour and considers me rude and abusive and person who doesn’t want care.  To an new one who already thinks that about me – great.  Every time I am rejected it is like running head on into a brick wall – rejection is my worst trigger, not being listened to is a huge trigger.

I was so freaked out after I got off the phone I started getting really strong visions of smashing everything, especially windows – I have to use every piece of will power and spiritual strength to not act on these thoughts.  The visions of a knife slicing down my forearm ……..   this is what hell is.  This is suicidality and what I have to live with, these thoughts come from my subconscious I have little control over them.  I started smashing my fist down on the desk I was at, as hard as I could, the pain was a relief, I stopped myself about the 6th time, I knew if I let it escalate I could have broken my hand or started giving in to the other violent thoughts.  It is now bruised, sore and swollen.  I have had experiences like this dozens of times over the past 11 years, ACC, mental health and many others know about them but still refuse to provide the health care I am entitled to (and have won two reviews to have reinstated).  They refuse to accommodate my disorder, a symptom of which is violence – or what I call ‘toxic rage’ – rage at the injustice I am subjected to by health services.

 

After I got off the phone and stopped smashing things, my friend phoned, I reakon spirit told her something was up, I could barely speak to start with.  We talked it through and I came down a bit from my escalated state, I planned to do some messages in town, take dog for a walk and come back home.  You have to try and get back to a routine as soon as you can – the less time you spend in that angry state the better.  It is definitely a pressure valve though, but extremely tiring as your body is rigid with rage/fear.  You are so traumatised you become unable to speak, this is part of my disorder and completely ignored by the health services I deal with.

 

I found the form from Wainui in my letterbox along with a pile of junk mail which is currently strewn all over the footpath because I threw it everywhere.  I HATE JUNK MAIL just more reminders of what don’t have and can’t have – it is sick.  I filled out my name on the form and signed it, I was so traumatised I couldn’t fill out the rest of it.  I wrote a note in really ‘angry’ writing (it is really hard to write when you are freaking out) saying I had a disability and could not fill out the form.  Could I please do it with the help  of the doctor.  I posted it with my last two stamps fastpost, also with a photocopy of my Community services card, because I couldn’t fill out the details and I figured they wouldn’t see me without seeing my ID card that confirms I am poor.

 

What disgusts me about mental health services, is they try to oppress, discredit and medicate my rage, when it is justified and part of my communication issues.  If I had the Occupational Therapist and mental health worker (5 hours a week, like in my ACC rehabilitation plan) none of this would have happened.  Other disabled people get help with accessing health services – WHY NOT ME!

 

These deluded mental health professionals also believe by doing nothing my disorder improves and I will get over it.  This is a neo-liberal fantasy, my disorder, dysfunction and ability to communicate with my environment becomes less and less without professional health care/support.  Any of my friends will tell you how social I used to be compared with what is happening to me now.

 

My current worry about a growing lump under by breast and other marks on my body are not the only health issues I have.  I have sexual issues and physical issues that have not been dealt with because I have no relationship with any health professional.  Again if I had the treatment care rehabilitation and support I am entitled to under ACC, health disability, human and bill of rights laws then this would not be happening.  Glenda van der ven Long, my old OT would be able to tell you what support I would have got if still working with her.  Of course I wouldn’t be in the position at all of not having a GP if Glenda and Dr Alan Doris were still involved in my health care.  Why can’t I have these people again?  I am entitled to professional health care?  I live in a sick and corrupt country.

 

My whole right arm is sore, my shoulder, the same one I hurt several years ago in a similar melt-down situation with a social worker from the local Salvation Army.  My daughter hasn’t been home for days, all this time on my own is not good.  I’m going to see my friend tomorrow, work on her case and spend some time together.

 

Planning some protesting when I’m in Wellington, annoyed I could not afford to attend the meeting last night by the Sensible Sentencing Trust about Mad or Bad and the levels of insane pleas.  11 years I have studied that very issue and I couldn’t be there because I had no money.   Although in the fragile state I am in I probably would have nutted off and been arrested or suffered serious abuse from people for speaking out against discrimination of mentally injured/abused and mentally ill people.

 

Will try not to worry about the lump, to much other stuff to worry about – money, josh, my mental health, home, kids, etc.  Another day living as a piece of human sewage in the darklands of New Zealand.  Note this letter is not proof I am going to kill myself, do not phone the police to come around and hassle me – it pisses them and me off – listen to what I am saying and DO SOMETHING!

Yours sincerely

JR

PERSECUTED WHISTLEBLOWER

HUMAN SEWAGE LIVING IN THE DARKLANDS