Kathryn Livingston, founder of First Person Plural (FPP – a grassroots organisation dedicated to supporting persons with DID) and a long-standing member of ESTD and ISSTD has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the UK’s New Year Honours List for her ‘Services to people with dissociative identity disorder’.
For those of us privileged to work alongside Kathryn, who manages a very complex, often challenging life with DID, this prestigious recognition could not go to anyone more deserving.
Kathryn has worked tirelessly, for over 20 years, for those whose lives have been affected by DID – survivors, supporters, family members and colleagues. Many clinicians working with persons with DID have benefitted tremendously from attending her trainings. Her ongoing contribution in developing a progressive training programme with ESTD-UK as well as her role as the voluntary co-ordinator for FPP continues to impact widely.
Kathryn passionately believes in the contribution people with lived experience have in training and awareness raising and her pioneering work in this area remains an integral part of her contribution – as demonstrated by her invaluable involvement in FPP’s two training DVDs. Since the news of her honour has become public, she has received many congratulatory e-mails touching her deeply, especially those from survivors whose lives she has been a part of when they were at their most desperate; her tenacity has reminded them that things can change and to hang in there. Those of us living in the UK know how fortunate we are to have her working so professionally to get DID the recognition it so much needs. ESTD is very proud of you! Thank you Kathryn!
Director of the Pottergate Centre for Dissociation & Trauma (UK) and Past President ESTD.
Chair, FPP; Member, ESTD-UK Training Committee