Circle 333, was created in March 2020 by Peter Smith in response to realising the need for a mental health service that provides support from a different paradigm to the current one. He has over 27 years’ experience in the mental health service both as a service user and as a senior health care professional. He first experienced severe mental ill-health at the age of 20.
Peter currently works as a Senior Occupational Therapist within an acute mental health setting as the Inpatient Lead Occupational Therapist (OT), this is on the same ward where he was admitted when he had his first mental health crisis. Now, he is involved at a senior level in supporting patients and providing Occupational Therapy to in-patients on the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and service users in the community. This commonality involves advocating on behalf of patients so that they receive a holistic care plan and not one focused on the reliance on medication.