PLUS welcomes new patron, Ajay Close

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PLUS recently held a small gathering in the AK Bell Library café to welcome our new patron Ajay Close. The evening reception was attended by around 25 PLUS members and the board of directors.

Reflecting on her work with PLUS members and her thoughts on being the new patron Ajay said:
“I ran a writers’ group for PLUS members for three years while I was Perth and Kinross writer in residence at the Soutar House. Through that group I met many talented, creative individuals who had been through difficult times but had so much to contribute.

“PLUS does an extremely worthwhile job, bringing people together and campaigning to break down barriers so they can make their voices heard. I am very proud to have been asked to be the first PLUS patron.”

Ajay Close is a Perth-based novelist and dramatist, author of five novels and three plays. Her work has been longlisted for the Orange and Walter Scott prizes. Her first career was in journalism, where she won many awards.

Patrons are people ‘of note’ who are prepared to support particular causes. They will be positive role models, encouraging others to support the charity not least on the basis that “if they support this charity then I want to too”.

“A Disorder for Everyone!” – Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis, creating change.

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With Dr Lucy Johnstone, Jo Watson & Jo McFarlane

This one day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event is for everyone who is interested in the current debates around mental health. It aims to attract psychologists, counsellors, service users, psychotherapists, mental health support professionals, psychiatrists, people with lived experience, managers and individuals with a personal interest.

Facilitated by Dr Lucy Johnstone, Jo Watson & Jo McFarlane. It is a chance to discuss the critical questions of the day around the biomedical model in mental health.

 

Visit the eventbrite page for further details.