Meet Jamie Bolling, from Harnosand (Sweden)

Jamie Bolling (Sweden)

Jamie Bolling (Sweden)

Jamie Bolling, American, Swiss and Swedish,  is the Executive Director of ENIL as of May 1, 2009. Jamie has an experience from the international disability movement having worked with disability research, international development cooperation, personal assistance, human rights, democracy and other issues. She worked as research developer at the Swedish Disability Federation, with evaluations for the Swedish Inheritance Fund, with international development cooperation at the Swedish International Aid Association for People with Disabilities, and with accounting from 1975 -1991 in Geneva, Switzerland. The civil society is one of Jamie’s major interests and  among other appointments Jamie has been vice president for the Swedish United Nations Association, board member of the Swedish Concord Platform, board member and president of the Sockholm Independent Living. A fall in 1991 and a spinal cord injury is why Jamie became a wheelchair user and an active member in the European disability movement for the challenge against discrimination of people with disabilities.


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October 2, 2019, 8:58 pm

to dear Jamie Bolling,

I am really grateful for all the work you have done on behalf of people with disabilities, especially those with mental illness. what you do means a lot to me and thousands of patients and their relatives who are in my situation.

a brother has been living in a clinic in amsterdam for 20 years with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Another brother was forced to take medication in the closed section of the Venloo a few weeks ago by court order. neither he nor I do not want such a drug treatment there.

I currently live in Istanbul. My brother, who has been admitted to the clinic in Venloo, has been asking me for help in order to get rid of his environment. He said there were a lot of poor and helpless people at the clinic in Venloo.

I’m trying to tell the doctor and his lawyers by phone or mail, but it doesn’t seem to help much.

All this is a trauma for him, forcing him to be transferred to the hospital and started medication with the court and police. for me too.

I am currently doing a PhD in Communication at Istanbul University.

I want to support you with all my strength and heart.

I want to do whatever it takes to do on behalf of my brother and all the patients who are desperately obliged to live in the clinic with him.

As a suggestion, I think that there should be some projects to create public opinion.

I’m ready to help wherever you need support in your work.


Birgül BİLGİÇ,
PhD Student at Istanbul University in TURKEY
mobile: 00 90 534 828 54 62

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