BBC Horizon – Why Did I Go Mad? @ BBC 2
May 2 @ 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

HorizonFor hundreds of years, psychiatry has treated voices and hallucinations as an enemy – regarding them as ‘insanity’ or ‘madness’ and seeing them as something to be quashed and even frightened of. But today, new scientific and psychological insights into how the brain works are leading to a radical rethink on what such experiences are – and how they should be treated.

Horizon follows three people living with voices, hallucinations and paranoia, to explore what causes this kind of phenomena. Providing a rare first-hand insight into these experiences, they reveal just what it is like to live with them day to day. They examine the impact of social, biological and environmental influences on conditions traditionally associated with insanity, such as schizophrenia and psychosis, and within the film they look at how new ways of understanding the brain are leading to a dramatic change in treatments and approaches, and examine whether targeting the root causes of psychosis can lead to recovery. Above all, they try to uncover why it happened to them – and whether it could happen to you.

Jacqui Dillon


Jacqui on tour in USA @ Various locations
Jun 1 – Jun 13 all-day
Jacqui on tour in USA @ Various locations

I will be delivering several talks and training’s on the following subjects: Trauma & Dissociation, Advanced Training for Facilitators and Vicarious Trauma – Help for the Helper, in various locations, on the East Coast:

1 & 2 June – Philadelphia

5 June – NYC

6 June – Westfield, MA

7 & 8 June – Holyoke, MA

9 June – Connecticut

12 June – Holyoke, MA

13 June – Framingham, MA

Making Sense of Madness: An Emancipatory Approach @ Hackney House
Jul 7 @ 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Making Sense of Madness: An Emancipatory Approach @ Hackney House

This unique, one day event, featuring Jacqui Dillon and Rai Waddingham (recently featured on BBC Horizon: Why Did I Go Mad?), explores experiences often dismissed as symptoms of serious mental illness: voices, visions, paranoia, unusual beliefs and altered states, and reframes them as understandable human responses to adversity.

Drawing from personal and professional experiences of madness, healing and recovery, combined with emerging innovative research findings, Jacqui and Rai present an emancipatory approach to understanding and working with distressing experiences that prioritises respect, personal meaning, self-determination and liberation.

Download: Making Sense of Madness Flyer

It includes:

  • Understanding ‘mad’ experiences
  • Exploring factors that can contribute to and shape distress
  • Alternatives to diagnosis – moving beyond the illness model
  • Respectful ways of helping people in distress
  • Strategies to survive and thrive

This day is suitable for:

  • Anyone interested in understanding more about madness, creativity and the complex spectrum of human experience
  • Those involved in supporting another human beinga – whether this is as a friend, ally, family member, colleague, mental health professional, teacher, therapist, social worker, voluntary sector worker, manager or spiritual advisor
  • All those with lived experience of madness and distress


  • Unwaged: £10
  • Voluntary Sector & Self Funding: £90
  • Statutory & Commercial: £125

Please get in touch if you’re in a difficult financial position – we may be able to help.


The 20th ISPS International Conference: Making Real Change Happen @ Liverpool University
Aug 30 – Sep 3 all-day

The next International Congress of the ISPS will take place in the city of Liverpool

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

Jacqui Dillon, Jim van Os, Kwame McKenzie, Alison Brabban, Grainne Fadden, Rachel Waddingham,Svein Friis, Jon Vidar Strømstad and Anne Berit Eie Torbjørnsen


Making Sense of Dissociation Raising Awareness & Promoting Healing @ Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard
Apr 3 @ 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM