Having trained as an Open Dialogue Practitioner with Open Dialogue UK in London, and working as a practitioner for a year with the first Open Dialogue team in the UK that combined crisis and community care, I’m keen to encourage Open Dialogue initiatives in Leicestershire – now I’m a local. To support this, I’m offering a one […]
Whilst it’s being increasingly recognised that hearing voices is a relatively common human experience that is not necessarily linked to distress or illness, this fact may be little comfort to those who are struggling with distressing and overwhelming voices. Based on the non-pathologising approach of the Hearing Voices Movement, this workshop explores ways in which […]
I started this article trying to write about the day I found out Space Baby had died, only to realise that I did not have a landmark moment to articulate. There was no definitive scan, no blood and no kindly professional sitting me down to tell me of our loss. I do not know when our baby died, only that I accepted their death in small increments with each consecutive appointment. The day hope left, more than a week before the physical miscarriage itself, I remember leaving Joel at the train station and heading up to Manchester to speak at a mental health conference as if everything was OK. That night I sat in isolation amongst friends and allies, drinking my first beer in months.
About the workshop Monday 25 June 2018, 9.45am – 4.30pm @ Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Cork, Ireland. Whilst there is a growing awareness of the prevalence of self-harm, it remains a challenging area for many who are trying to support those who use it as a survival strategy and/or means of expressing difficult feelings. This workshop […]
BBC and Various News Sources
This week I was one of three contributors with personal experience of things that often get called ‘psychosis’ (hearing voices, seeing visions and paranoia) on the BBC Documentary ‘Why Did I Go Mad?’. The title, suggested by one of Jacqui Dillon’s voices, was deliberately provocative in order to challenge what we mean by madness and – […]