Hi, I am Peter Beresford. I am a long-term user of mental health services, an activist, writer and researcher. I have written blogs before but have now decided to have my own dedicated blogsite.
I am finding it more and more difficult to make sense of the world. I wonder why the UK is called a rich nation and more and more people are having difficulty getting food to eat and a roof over their head. Why when all the evidence shows serious problems of climate change isn’t more being done about it. Why does there seem to be more fighting and conflict today in more parts of the world than at any time since the Second World War, when we all say we want to live in peace and harmony?
If like me you are confused and worried about the direction our society and the world we live in seem to be taking, then please check out this blog site. It aims to be a place where together we can build an alternative to the neo-liberal narrative that increasingly dominates our lives and which more and more of us seem to be internalizing.
My blogs will seek to address issues around the welfare state, public policy, having a say in your life and society, and living in a supportive rather than controlling state. I am particularly concerned with giving value to all our lived experience, especially that of people facing some of the biggest barriers, exclusions and oppressions in their lives, rather than only hearing what ‘the powerful’ and ‘experts’ tell us. Hopefully this blog is a chance to build that discussion.
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