Well what can I say... It was an extremely nerve racking, and honourable moment to sit in front of the big blue microphone and answer Jim Hawkins questions. After speaking so 'passionately' at the healthwatch event (previous blog post), Jim tracked me down via a twitter post and asked me to come onto the show to talk about mental health parity.
It was great to be on this particular show because I was following on from Wendy, whose story inspired me to speak up in the first place. For those of you who know me then you will be used to my inability to hold my opinions to myself - and often talking off on a tangent. I have to say that I am extremely proud of myself - I managed to stay calm, and to the point!
It was also quite nice to be able to stick up for the CCG - something which only came about after meeting Frances last week at a forum, and being able to see that she is a lady on a similar wavelength and firmly committed to building a sustainable, and integrative mental health service. Although we are all very much aware that this will take years I hope that some immediate changes occur especially with regards to the way in which people with mental health difficulties are treated by health professionals, and the public.
To listen to the session follow this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p037pd4c#play (I'm on from 1:37:30 - 1:46:59).