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Dolly Sen is a writer, director, artist, filmmaker, poet, performer, playwright, mental health consultant, music-maker and public speaker. She has 8 published books since 2002; has taken on performance roles at The Young Vic, the Royal Festival Hall, and around Europe; undertaken a poetry tour; won a poetry award from Poet Laureate Andrew Motion; directed two plays and several TV films; and performed spoken word at City Hall and Oxford University.

Giving up mental health and arts to start up a religion?

14 April 2015

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The Washtowel

I have reached my mental health work burnout, and I am fast reaching my artistic work burnout. 

Maybe it is time for a completely new direction? A new religion - one that can't promise to save your soul, but will look after your hair.

So who wants to be a jojoba witness? And give out shampoo samples on the street? Here is our mag to distribute too - The Washtowel. 

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Gestures of Resilience

16 March 2015

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Gestures of Resilience Event

On 24th March I will be performing at the London College of Communication.  The blurb for it says:  Gestures of Resilience" is inspired by exceptional people, individuals with a gift of life beyond the narrow definition of 'the norm'. This event celebrates their knowledge and experience through personal and creative 'gestures of resilience'. Using film, performance and autobiographical presentations for and by people with experience of alternative inner vision,...

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hug this blog

12 March 2015

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Hug Me Book

 I created art about an awkward relationship between reader and book where every page says 'hug me'.

Don't feel awkward enough? 

Hug this blog. Go on, put your arms around it...

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The Bored's Prayer

7 March 2015

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Psychiatric Flow Chart

Reading Jane McCormick's blog 'Give us our Daily Meds' inspired me to re-write the Lord's Prayer. I don't have delusions of grandeur, but psychiatry does: Our psychiatry Who would section heaven Hallowed by thy name My freedom gone Thy will be done Force and restraint, let's forget compassion Give us this day our daily meds And forgive not our differences As we submit to those who trespass against us Lead us into painful sensation and mental castration Forever and...

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'Help the Normals' with £3 a month

7 March 2015

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help the normals website

Am working hard on my favourite charity case 'Help the Normals' by setting up a website.

They are a group of people who do not garner much sympathy, but I think need so much help, the poor bastards. They lack insight and need rehabilitation, and I am the person to do it!

 

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Alternative Psychiatric Risk Assessment Form

26 February 2015

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Mental Health Risk Assessment for Mad People

Do you need an assessment form to ascertain risk from being in mental heath services? Do the T.I.A.R.A. (The Institution Attendence Risk Assessment)  NEGLECT: Are you at risk from neglect from services? Is there a previous history of neglect and inadequate care from services? EXPLOITATION Is there a risk of exploitation? Are they going to gain financially from your vulnerability? VIOLENCE & AGGRESSION Is there a history of violence and aggression from staff/system? Have you been...

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Selfish

24 February 2015

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I do not have blue eyes by Dolly Sen

Suicide is selfish. Being a burden to loved ones and society is selfish. Still hurting after evidence-based treatment is selfish. Helping someone is selfish. Not helping someone is selfish. Walking by a homeless person is selfish. Giving them money is selfish. Laughing with so much pain in the world is selfish. Crying at things you cannot change is selfish. Hurting from abuse is selfish; other abused people don’t hurt as much as you. Selfish. Selfish. Selfish. Being excluded by society is...

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I'm fine, thanks

11 February 2015

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A lot on my mind by Dolly Sen

My response to: 'How are you?' 

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If you can't say anything nice...

30 January 2015

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There is a saying which goes: 'if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.' Well here goes:................................................................................................................um..................................................................er.

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Need a producer/organisation to support my mischief and madness

7 January 2015

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help the normals

Happy new year everyone. I am thinking about applying to Unlimited to realise two creative projects, but I need a producer or an organisation to help me produce it.  One is to expand my psychotic website, which you can read about more at http://shortcircuit.org.uk/dolly-sen-the-internet-has-crashed/  You can view the prototype at http://internetbreakdown.com/ please do not go there if you are feeling detached or vulnerable.  My second idea is a live arts project...

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Madvent Calendar Day Twenty-Five

25 December 2014

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Madvent Calendar Day Twenty-Five

They wouldn't allow gold ,frankincense and myrrh onto the unit.

To all those who celebrate it, Merry Christmas.

Let's hope 2015 is better for disabled people. This year has been a right *bleep*

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