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Richard D France first experienced his encounters with the psychiatric system at the age of twenty three and endured further stays through mainstream psychiatric hospitals. Despite his requests for his communication needs to be met, this was ignored which led to a further deterioration in his mental health. After being sectioned in a Spanish psychiatric prison, he returned to England determined to get to the root of his problems. He was diagnosed as having Hypomania, a bi-polar condition, in 2000 and despite this, still had issues which led to a serious suicide attempt in 2015 that led to life changing injuries.

For the first time, Richard was referred to the Bluebell Ward, at the National Deaf Centre in London, a specialist psychiatric hospital for deaf people where all the medical staff communicate using sign language. This had a major impact on his mental health and well-being and he has since recovered, participating in all mainstream activities. Richard decided to write about his experiences in the psychiatric field in a book called, 'A Tale Of These Contemptible Suicides,' in which he highlights that the key to his recovery was communication. He also writes narrative poetry that charts his thought processes and performs these around the UK to raise the importance of communication in mental health.

At this talk and poetry event, Richard will talk about his experiences and perform some of his poetry. The event will be introduced by Herbert Klein, deaf advisor at Springfield Hospital (National Deaf Services).

This event will have a BSL interpreter.

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