Tell your story
Critical Voices Network East invites you to contribute a written testimonial of your self-experience of emotional distress including, in particular, your experience of the mental health services in Ireland.
CVN is a network of persons who have self-experience of mental health services, their family members, and practitioners from various backgrounds, seeking alternatives to the medical model and current mental health system in Ireland.
The purpose of publishing testimonials is to give a public voice to survivors and their experiences. It will also be useful to support work for change towards more person-centred approaches to emotional well-being. The CVN Mission Statement states one of our aims is “to introduce personal experience as evidence that the biomedical model of psychiatry requires a major overhaul right now, today.”
We welcome testimonials from people with self experience of emotional distress and of the mental health services in your own words and language.
If you decide to contribute a testimonial, you may choose for it to be published anonymously, through a pseudonym, or in your own name – whichever you prefer, your confidentiality will remain protected.
Testimonials may be of any length though there will be a recommended maximum of between 1,000 and 1,500 words with each testimonial to be reviewed individually in this regard in collaboration with contributors.
While the integrity of all testimonials received will be respected, there will be some editorial input in relation, for example, to issues which may give rise to litigation. Contributors will be advised of any editorial concerns and will be supported in making any necessary changes to avoid litigation in advance of online publication.
While we will aim to facilitate the publication of all testimonials online, any decision to not publish will be discussed and reviewed in collaboration with contributors.
Finally and most importantly, if you do consider writing a testimonial, we would advise that you have good social and other supports in place and supporters whom you can involve as necessary as in some cases this process may result in upsetting feelings coming to the surface. It is vital that contributors have supports in place to help with the processing of the experience prior to engaging with the project. These supports can be discussed with the editorial team.
All ethical and legal considerations have been thoroughly researched for the project. We will use ethical survivor research best practice guidelines and apply an ‘ethics as process’ approach which essentially means working confidentially and collaboratively with contributors, keeping people updated as we progress and providing options for participation including removal of published content at any time according to contributors’ wishes.
Editorial Team: Fionn Fitzpatrick & Ian Woods of CVN East
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