“Hugging Barbed Wire” was written by Owen (16) about his brother Ross becoming psychotic at 20. Hugging barbed wire was also how it felt to be a parent, desperately hanging onto your son throughout a 3 year psychotic sentence.
A lot went wrong, and I really wish I’d known then what I know now. This is my displacement
activity, to get something positive out of the experience, an experience that has
included a remarkable reaction from people to whom I have told parts of the story
in public. Hence this. We can change the way society thinks -
Frankly, if you’re going to be mentally ill, make sure it’s something sexy like “Fry’s
Syndrome”, advertised on TV as a sign of creativity and intelligence with dark and
interesting interludes, (being slightly BP is fine -
We perform anti-
The Site and Material -
This site includes unique material (some of it harrowing) that we’ve recorded and developed along the journey to here. We’d like to put it to as much good use as possible.
Please contact us if you’d like access to any of the site material, to discuss projects
where we may be able to help -
...recorded an album; joined a cult; destitute in New York; killed his guitar; arrested; forcibly sectioned; escaped; forcibly sectioned; hospitalised; depression; suicidal... Read more
Hugging Barbed Wire
Owen Wilson (then 16)
The Story and Book
marijuana and veganism bureaucratic convenience
people who quietly care
BBC interview forcing the NHS to do right by Ross...
A Living Memorial to Grandad...
Owen’s song and video say it all. View Aeternam Memoria
See us in Time to Change TV ad..
Time to Change TV Campaign -
Talking of TV adverts, we were invited to appear in the campaign. Launched in January
2013, this shows that you don’t need to be an expert to talk about mental health,
that even small gestures can provide life changing support. Take a look at the extended
adverts here -
Extracts from Ross BBC interview with Anne Diamond -