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Jo Watson

 
 
Jo Watson (@dropthedisorder) is a psychotherapist and activist with a history in the U.K. Rape Crisis movement of the 1990’s. She has worked therapeutically for the last 24 years with those who have been victims of sexual abuse /violence and has campaigned on women’s survivor issues for the past 3 decades.
 
Jo actively challenges the biomedical model of ‘mental health’, arguing that emotional distress and suffering is primarily a result of what people have experienced, which all too often arises within social injustices that need to be named.  She campaigns against the pathologising of people via the labels of psychiatry and promotes  trauma informed responses to emotional distress that help people to tell their stories and make meaning and connections. 
 
Jo is the organiser of the one day event ‘A Disorder For Everyone!’
AD4E platforms a growing team of allies, both professionals and survivors, from around the UK and beyond. It is now in its 3rd year of touring the UK, challenging the ‘diagnosis and disorder’ approach.
 
Jo presently represents the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) on a steering committee for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence working on creating guidelines for psychological therapists on prescribed psychoactive drugs.
 
Jo started the facebook group ‘Drop the Disorder!’ in 2016 in order to offer a space for people to discuss related issues that has over 8.5k members worldwide. https://bit.ly/2vUV2dL
She is part of the Mad in the U.K. team www.madintheuk.com
as well as being a founding member of ‘United for Integrity in Mental Health’ (UIMH) due to be launched in 2019.

The AD4E team are Jo Watson, Lucy Johnstone, Nollaig McSwenney & Jacqui Dillon See bios at www.adisorder4everyone.com

 AD4E is an event committed to accessibility and safety for everyone. Racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic and other disrepectful behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

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