reTHiNK Schizophrenia – Stories

Interviews, articles, videos and web resources about people’s experiences. Stories from individuals and their families about recovery and living with the experience of schizophrenia. 

Websites to explore:

HEARING VOICES NETWORK AOTEAROA NZ- Te Reo Orooro
Our intention is that it will provide a better understanding of what it is like to hear voices and have visions, reduce stigma around the experience, and provide practical advice and research about it.

Health talk online
Information on psychosis, stigma and discrimination. This site includes written and recorded stories of real people’s experiences.

Jacqui Dillon

Jacqui Dillon is a writer, campaigner, international speaker and trainer. She has personal and professional experience, awareness and skills in working with trauma and abuse, dissociation, ‘psychosis’, hearing voices, healing and recovery.

To watch:

Elyn Saks: A tale of mental illness – from the inside
Elyn Saks asks bold questions about how society treats people with mental illness. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head
Eleanor Longden overcame her diagnosis of schizophrenia to earn a master degree in psychology and demonstrate that the voices in her head were “a sane reaction to insane circumstances”.

Schizophrenia – SANE Video
People who’ve experienced schizophrenia and their carers talk about the things which have helped them cope better.

To Read:
Conversations with ourselves
Living with Voices. An interview with Ron Coleman, diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1982, carried out when he came to NZ to run a workshop as part of a global grassroots organisation known as the Hearing Voices Network.

Self-Management of Psychosis and Schizophrenia
To some it might sound like an oxymoron, but many believe it possible that people with schizophrenia can manage this illness in a way that will enable them to lead fulfilling lives. I present three accounts in favour of this approach. One is by Canadian Robert Chapman, who recovered from this illness and now speaks to others about his journey to recovery. Another presents excerpts from UK’s Rethink Project. And the last one is my personal look at this issue as someone who has been hospitalized and recovered from psychosis.

A Beautiful Note
Tom Harrell, named jazz trumpeter of the year 3 times by Downbeat Magazine, is known for the gorgeous, intricate melodies he composes. Seeing Harrell play, it’s impossible to believe that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia – a mental illness so profound that it institutionalizes many of its victims.

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