Watch my recent talk on Demedicalising Distress in Powys on YouTube.
The Powys Mental Health team invites you to a free conference they are organising in in Llandrindod Wells.
Shaping Services Together.
- Should the question underpinning how we shape our mental health services be “what has happened to you” rather than “what is wrong with you”? Main Speaker Jacqui Dillon.
- Do you use or have you ever used mental health services or are you close to someone who has? Do you think that your experiences of mental health services could help change how services are planned and delivered?
- Do you want to know how you, no matter what your age, might become more involved in shaping our mental health services nationally and locally?
- Key decision makers coming. Do you have something to say about the welfare benefit system and the changes?
Everyone welcome, all you need is you to be interested in the questions above. We can provide free transport to you if you live in Powys.
Lunch and refreshments will be available.
Thursday, 19th September 2013, 10:15 a.m – 4:00 p.m. The Pavilion, Spa Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5EY
To Book or find out more call Glynis Luke on 01597 822 191 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or book online here This is your opportunity to debate and communicate directly with national and local decision makers about mental health services.
Our keynote speaker is Jacqui Dillon, writer, campaigner, international speaker and trainer.
This is one of three conferences across Wales funded and supported by Welsh Government and Public HealtH Wales. The other two are:
- Thurs 12th September in Rhyl called Measuring Up. More here.
- Wed 23rd October in Cardiff called Know Your Rights. More here.
These events are part of the Stronger in Partnership initiative, you can find out more about Powys Stronger in Partnership here.
Booking for the event is now open – click here.
BAD THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO YOU CAN DRIVE YOU CRAZY
Jacqui Dillon, the national chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England, discusses the work of the Hearing Voices Movement at the recent conference ‘Presence and Participation: Arguments for the Humanistic and Sustainable Work We Do’ hosted by Carina Håkansson’s Family Care Foundation in Sweden (25-27 April 2013). To listen to Jacqui’s presentation, please click here.
The full conference proceedings are available via live streaming video on MadinAmerica.com.
Here is a link to my recent presentation ‘The Personal is the Political’ which was filmed at the Critical Perspectives and Creative Responses to Experiences of Trauma and Distress Conference at University College Cork, Ireland:
This was a fantastic free event, attended by over 450 people over two days was organised by the School of Nursing & Midwifery & School of Applied Social Studies:
and Critical Voices Network Ireland. See: http://www.criticalvoicesnetwork.com/
Roughly 1% of people in the UK suffer from something called ‘schizophrenia’, yet there is little agreement about what this represents, what causes it, or how best to treat it. Despite the thousands of research studies carried out, if you’ve been diagnosed with this ‘disease of reality’, it is extremely unlikely that anyone will have asked you about your experiences – these are not considered scientifically meaningful. All these contradictions pose an important question: if ‘schizophrenia’ represents a fault in reality, with whom does this fault lie?
In There is a Fault in Reality, writer, director and psychotherapist Tom Cotton explores the stories of three people – Jon, Peter and Jacqui, who’ve all battled with the diagnosis of ‘schizophrenia’ in different ways, and with varying outcomes. Through them, we enter a detailed insider’s view of ‘schizophrenia’, which bears little resemblance to what we think we know. As their stories unfold, the voices they hear are revealed to have clear meanings, and to have identities that are anything but ‘mad.’
‘A moving and informative film about ‘schizophrenia’ – real stigma buster.’ Professor Richard Bentall, Award winning author of Madness Explained and Doctoring the Mind
‘This is one of the most important films ever made about psychosis.’ Professor John Read, award winning researcher and co-author of Models of Madness, and Prejudice and Schizophrenia.
Produced by: Jenni Autio, Tea Latvala, Sampo Lehtinen, Oskari Pastila
Written & directed by: Sampo Lehtinen, Oskari Pastila
Exile is an experimental stage performance; a fusion of computer animations, documentary, fictional narrative, music and fashion design.
Exile tells the story of Kathryn, a woman who hears voices and who has built part of her personality based on them. Contrary to general prejudices she finds these voices helpful, even vital to her existence. How does she cope in the modern society where every alteration from the norm seems intolerable and problematised through social and commercial mechanisms.
The idea of Exile was based on a general view that there is no flawless analogy in our individual perceptions. Contextual structure of the work was build around a documentary recorded in London in March 2006 in association with The Hearing Voices Network.
On the soundtrack the fictional narrative intertwines with the documentary (audio) about an actual voice hearer who files an account about her life with voices. The stage act offers visual support to the narrative. Spectators witness the gradual effects a medical attempt to eradicate Kathryns internal voices have on her. While she gradually loses her control over the voices she also surrenders her physical composure and grip on reality.
Read More: http://www.bodynavigation.ru/en/participants/exile.php
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