Name: Stuart David Baker-Brown.
DOB: 22nd October 1964.
Born: Wanstead London.
Education: Woodford Green Preparatory School, South Woodford. Buckhurst Hill County High School Essex.
Voluntary Work: Mental Health activist. Campaigner against the ‘stigma and discrimination’ of mental ill health.
Brothers: Twin to Duncan and elder brother to Byron.
Likes: Classical Music, Poetry, Trekking, Camping, Writing and Photography, Helping Others, Trying to inspire people, Winston Churchill, Ted Hughes, Wendy Cope, John Nash ‘A Beautiful Mind’, Sherpa’s, Nepal, The Himalayas, Buddhism, Galleries and Museums. Other Cultures. Travel.
Films: A Beautiful Mind, Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Sylvia, Somewhere in Time, Monty Python, Star Trek, Schindler’s List, The Iron Giant, The Matrix. Shutter Island and many more…
Favourite Books: The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill, The Man Who Planted Trees, The Collected Poems of Ted Hughes, Wendy Cope, Factual Reading, Understanding Buddhism, Photography.
Hobbies: Walking, Camping, Writing, Photography, The Internet, Cinema, Plays, Trying to understand Life! Being with my dog ‘Beau’
Awards: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship 2002. Year of the Volunteer 2005. Third Sector Excellence Award.
What drives my passion for photography? I have become very interested in photography since travelling to Nepal. The Mountains and the people are very photogenic. Both represent and exciting far away land, an extreme land with wonderful people, a land that has been forgotten in time! I am very visual with my thinking. It also helps me to express myself!
Nepal and the Himalayas are very precious to me. They represent a 'way of life' I sometimes long to find here in the UK.
How does my diagnosis help or hinder creativity? My diagnosis can both hinder and help creativity. Sometimes my mind feels very stimulated and creative, often too stimulated that I can’t be creative at all!
Example of Published Articles.
- British Medical Journal.
- Mental Health Magazines.
- UK Voluntary Magazines.
- Internet sights.
- BBC World News Website.
- BBC Book of the Future Published 2003.
- Poetry Magazines.
- Books relating to mental health and recovery.
Example of Photographic Exhibitions.
- The Study Gallery Bournemouth.
- Holton Lee Gallery Poole.
- Dorset County Museum Dorchester.
- British Nepal Society London.
- Royal Academy Dramatic ArtsLondon.
- BBC News Website. Disability Arts.
- Lighthouse Poole.
The Mental Health Campaigner. I have campaigned against the ‘stigma and discrimination’ that is so wrongfully attached to mental illness, especially that of Schizophrenia. The reason why I campaign? Too many people are hurting and it needs doing!