Hi My name is Ron Coleman and this is my story I was taken into the psychiatric system when I was 21 years old. I was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and spent 7.5 years as an inpatient in psychiatric wards mostly locked throughout the 1980s' and into the 1990s' I was given ECT 40 times in this ten year period. In 1991 I became part of the Hearing Voices Network in manchester and this changed my Life I then spent 27 years paying back What people like Romme and Escher, Paul Baker, Terry McCloughlan Julie Downs, Mary Black, Lyndsey Cook and many others who freely gave me the support that allowed me to take my life back. This has included working with people who cannot access Voices support in our own home or in the Recovery House we had on the Isle of Lewis We mainly funded this ourself with people working at the house for free and some donations. On average we put in £22,000 a year from our own income to keep the house open then things started to go wrong with my health. Over the last couple of years my Physical health has gone down hill. I had a couple of heart attacks which resulted in a number of operations to put stents in. I then had my cartoid artery opened and cleaned out as it was reducing blood flow to my brain. I have now been diagnosed with a mild cognative impairment and this is making me have memory Problems especially with short term memory. I have also fallen a couple of times and can no longer really work by myself I am also finding stairs harder and harder and scary to go up and down.
I am receiving treatment for the symptoms but need to move house to one without stairs. We have the house but it needs to be refurbished in that it needs a bathroom, kitchen, a Wet room and a second bedroom for our daughter new windows doors etc This will allow me to retain my independence for longer and also allow me to continue being a house husband and confidently look after our 14 year old when karen goes off to work.
We would like to get the work done as quickly as possible so we can move to the cottage. Trades prepared to come and give time also welcome Happy to give back by working with people or their loved ones through their mental health issues.
My intention is to work as much as I can over the next couple of years alongside Karen and to continue to Vlog, Blog and write as much as possible
- Christian Sestier
- Craig Peterson
- Richard Zaagman
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