Workshop#1- Accepting Voices @ UoT: Fri 27 October 2017


This workshop is open to all.  Registration is required, limited places available.

NOTE: If you are a current Grad Student at U of T please see note about spaces available to you for free through UTGSU Grad Minds.

Very pleased to announce opportunity to participate in innovative, ground breaking workshop, offered in partnership with
University of Toronto Graduate Student Union’s Grad Minds Committee.

About Hearing Voices

Hearing voices is intentional, ordinary language descriptive of a range of human experience that has been mystified, is often feared and yet which is also remarkably common.

Hearing Voices also refers to an emancipatory approach that accepts such experiences as very real and meaningful if sometimes difficult to live with, and that seeks to share ways we can learn to live with such difficult experiences and support and connect with each other.

This approach also includes many other similar experiences that can be hard to live with and harder to talk about and make sense of.

When we learn to put aside our fear of both ourselves and each other we generate possibilities that we can find and create new roles, connect with each other, and find richer experiences of being human as we co-create a world that’s easier to live in for all of us.

 

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Grenfell Tower – Ben Okri


It was like a burnt matchbox in the sky.
It was black and long and burnt in the sky.
You saw it through the flowering stump of trees.
You saw it beyond the ochre spire of the church.
You saw it in the tears of those who survived.
You saw it through the rage of those who survived.
You saw it past the posters of those who had burnt to ashes.
You saw it past the posters of those who jumped to their deaths.
You saw it through the TV images of flames through windows
Running up the aluminium cladding
You saw it in print images of flames bursting out from the roof.
You heard it in the voices loud in the streets.
You heard it in the cries in the air howling for justice.
You heard it in the pubs the streets the basements the digs.
You heard it in the wailing of women and the silent scream
Of orphans wandering the streets
You saw it in your baby who couldn’t sleep at night
Spooked by the ghosts that wander the area still trying
To escape the fires that came at them black and choking.
You saw it in your dreams of the dead asking if living
Had no meaning being poor in a land
Where the poor die in flames without warning.
But when you saw it with your eyes it seemed what the eyes
Saw did not make sense cannot make sense will not make sense.
You saw it there in the sky, tall and black and burnt.
You counted the windows and counted the floors
And saw the sickly yellow of the half burnt cladding
And what you saw could only be seen in nightmare.
Like a war-zone come to the depths of a fashionable borough.
Like a war-zone planted here in the city.
To see with the eyes that which one only sees
In nightmares turns the day to night, turns the world upside down.

Those who were living now are dead
Those who were breathing are from the living earth fled.
If you want to see how the poor die, come see Grenfell Tower.
See the tower, and let a world-changing dream flower.

Residents of the area call it the crematorium.
It has revealed the undercurrents of our age.
The poor who thought voting for the rich would save them.
The poor who believed all that the papers said.
The poor who listened with their fears.
The poor who live in their rooms and dream for their kids.
The poor are you and I, you in your garden of flowers,
In your house of books, who gaze from afar
At a destiny that draws near with another name.
Sometimes it takes an image to wake up a nation
From its secret shame. And here it is every name
Of someone burnt to death, on the stairs or in their room,
Who had no idea what they died for, or how they were betrayed.
They did not die when they died; their deaths happened long
Before. It happened in the minds of people who never saw
Them. It happened in the profit margins.
It happened In the laws.
They died because money could be saved and made.

Those who are living now are dead
Those who were breathing are from the living earth fled.
If you want to see how the poor die, come see Grenfell Tower
See the tower, and let a world-changing dream flower.

They called the tower ugly; they named it an eyesore.
All around the beautiful people in their beautiful houses
Didn’t want the ugly tower to ruin their house prices.
Ten million was spent to encase the tower in cladding.
Had it ever been tested before except on this eyesore,
Had it ever been tested for fire, been tried in a blaze?
But it made the tower look pretty, yes it made the tower look pretty.
But in twenty four storeys, not a single sprinkler.
In twenty four storeys not a single alarm that worked.
In twenty four storeys not a single fire escape,
Only a single stairwell designed in hell, waiting
For an inferno. That’s the story of our times.
Make it pretty on the outside, but a death trap
On the inside. Make the hollow sound nice, make
The empty look nice. That’s all they will see,
How it looks, how it sounds, not how it really is, unseen.
But if you really look you can see it, if you really listen
You can hear it. You’ve got to look beneath the cladding.
There’s cladding everywhere. Political cladding,
Economic cladding, intellectual cladding — things that look good
But have no centre, have no heart, only moral padding.
They say the words but the words are hollow.
They make the gestures and the gestures are shallow.
Their bodies come to the burnt tower but their souls don’t follow.

Those who were living are now dead
Those who were breathing are from the living earth fled.
If you want to see how the poor die, come see Grenfell Tower

See the tower, and let a world-changing deed flower.
The voices here must speak for the dead.
Speak for the dead. Speak for the dead.
See their pictures line the walls. Poverty is its own Colour,
its own race. They were Muslim and Christian,
Black and white and colours in between.
They were young And old and beautiful and middle aged.
There were girls In their best dresses with hearts open to the future.
There was an old man with his grandchildren;
There was Amaya Tuccu, three years old,
Burnt to ashes before she could see the lies of the world.
There are names who were living beings who dreamt
Of fame or contentment or education or love
Who are now ashes in a burnt out shell of cynicism.
There were two Italians, lovely and young,
Who in the inferno were on their mobile phone to friends
While the smoke of profits suffocated their voices.
There was the baby thrown from many storeys high
By a mother who knew otherwise he would die.
There were those who jumped from their windows
And those who died because they were told to stay
In their burning rooms. There was the little girl on fire
Seen diving out from the twentieth floor.
Need I say more.

Those who are living are now dead
Those who were breathing are from the living earth fled.
If you want to see how the poor die, come see Grenfell Tower.

See the tower, and let a world-changing deed flower.
Always there’s that discrepancy
Between what happens and what we are told.
The official figures were stuck at thirty.
Truth in the world is rarer than gold.
Bodies brought out in the dark
Bodies still in the dark. Dark the smoke and dark the head.
Those who were living are now dead.
And while the tower flamed they were tripping
Over bodies at the stairs
Because it was pitch black.
And those that survived
Sleep like refugees on the floor
Of a sports centre. And like creatures scared of the dark,
A figure from on high flits by,
Speaking to the police and brave firefighters,
But avoiding the victims,
Whose hearts must be brimming with dread.

Those who were breathing are from the living earth fled.
But if you go to Grenfell Tower, if you can pull
Yourselves from your tennis games and your perfect dinners
If you go there while the black skeleton of that living tower
Still stands unreal in the air, a warning for similar towers to fear,
You will breathe the air thick with grief
With women spontaneously weeping
And children wandering around stunned
And men secretly wiping a tear from the eye
And people unbelieving staring at this sinister form in the sky
You will see the trees with their leaves green and clean
And will inhale the incense meant
To cleanse the air of unhappiness
You will see banks of flowers
And white paper walls sobbing with words
And candles burning for the blessing of the dead
You will see the true meaning of community
Food shared and stories told and volunteers everywhere
You will breathe the air of incinerators
Mixed with the essence of flower.
If you want to see how the poor die, come see Grenfell Tower.

Make sense of these figures if you will
For the spirit lives where truth cannot kill.
Ten million spent on the falsely clad
In a fire where hundreds lost all they had.
Five million offered in relief
Ought to make a nation alter its belief.
An image gives life and an image kills.
The heart reveals itself beyond political skills.
In this age of austerity
The poor die for others’ prosperity.
Nurseries and libraries fade from the land.
A strange time is shaping on the strand.
A sword of fate hangs over the deafness of power.
See the tower, and let a new world-changing thought flower.

Ben Okri

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HV Workshop #2: Working With Voices – OSHAWA 25th-26th Jan 2018


This two-day workshop will give you a practical, “hands-on”  introduction to a handful approaches you can use singly or in combination when supporting a person who has asked you to walk alongside them as they begin their work exploring and making sense of their uniquely personal experience  with voices visions and whatever other experiences they might live with that can be difficult to live with – made more difficult by such experiences having become mystified, and yet which are surprisingly both very common and very understandable in context of a person’s life.

This is a completely non-diagnostic, non-medical workshop – it is a workshop about being human in this world.

Whether you regard a person hearing voices as an illness or not is, really, a moot point- because either way it is a human experience. This workshop focuses on what we might experience and ways of exploring and making sense of whatever we do experience.

Note

If you have not done so already then you will need to first participate in our Workshop #1 Accepting Voices which provides foundation, language for the work we do together in this workshop.

We currently have two opportunities to participate in Accepting Voices, in Oct and Nov 2017 – see here

Community Partners

This workshop is made possible through community partnership with CMHA Durham, we are grateful for use of their space and for their ability to connect with community in Durham region and beyond.

Registration
Register NOW online

Fee
Early Bird   $300  until 31st Oct.
Standard    $400

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More Information

Full Description below the poster, also link to easy print [pdf] version.

Poster

Please feel free to share our poster and any of the information here, we’re always grateful when people do. 
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Summary

A Two-Day Workshop

This workshop follows on from Workshop #1: Accepting Voices.

If you have been offering yourself as a “one-person-safe-space” and you find yourself privileged by someone taking you up on your offer and asking you to walk alongside them as they do their work, then you might find yourself asking “ok what kind of things might we do together?”.

This workshop is about just that and offers you an introduction and enable you better to:

  • Share your unshakeable belief that voices can be understood in simple terms and in context of life- a whole life.
  • Support people who have chosen to do the sometimes difficult work of emancipating themselves, and learning to make changes in their relationship with difficult experiences that they live with.
  • Share ideas and support a person by sharing selecting and working through practical approaches that enable them to explore, name, and make sense of their uniquely personal experience, to reclaim and use their power, and to write a new story of their life.

Includes introduction to and practical hands on experience using : Voice Mapping, Voice Profiling, Maastricht Interview, Voice Dialogue, and Non Violent Communication.

Full Description

Do you…?

  • Work with people who hear voices and who struggle with their experience of that?
  • Have someone in your life who hears difficult voices and who struggles with difficult experiences like that get called “psychosis.
  • Feel confident in your belief that voices are real
    and in your ability to offer acceptance and hope.
  • Begin normalize difficult experiences and person’s ability to make sense of their own
  • Feel weary of the notion that we must fear ourselves and fear each other?
  • Feel ready to take your next steps in supporting individuals in working with their voices ?
  • Feel ready to learn more, ask yourself “what else can I do?”.
  • Want to know more about how you can be part of the future, join us in enacting a world that understands?

Are you ready to take your next steps?

If so, then this workshop might help you further tilt your universe and emancipate yourself with deeper understanding,

This workshop is designed to share useful material but mostly to help you be more open, curious and willing to learn about a person’s own experience – to deepen and broaden your own ability to understand so that you can join us in enacting a world that understands voice hearing, supports the needs of individuals who hear voices and views them as full citizens.

If more of us were able to work with voices then fewer of us would need a career as patients.

Join us in enacting a world that understands…

 

Workshop Description

This workshop:

  • follows on from Workshop #1 Accepting Voices, in which you learned how this work begins when we offer ourselves as a one-person safe space to a person who hears voices and struggles with that.
  • will enable you to continue that work with increasing confidence, sharing your belief that voices can be understood in simple terms and in context of a life; supporting people who chosen to do the sometimes difficult work to emancipate themselves, and learn to make changes in their own experience.
  • offers a solid introduction to important practical approaches that can aid in a person finding their own power to change their relationship with voices they find troubling. These include: voice mapping, voice profiling, Maastricht Interview, voice dialogue, and Non-Violent Communication.

What we share is not a prescriptive, linear process but a framework for navigating as we walk alongside a person as they embark on their unique “adventure in unveiling” learning to make choices and find what “works for me” and reclaim their power.

We will introduce and practice key approaches that can be thought of as building blocks to be used creatively to extend and deepen the safe space you can co-create together.

We share information and resources that will add to your repertoire of stories, ideas, resources, approaches that you can share, and enrich the work you can offer to do with a person inside that safe space.

This workshop will enable you better to…

  • Increase and deepen your own understanding of hearing voices as a normal human experience, maybe not shared by everyone, but part of what it means to be human.
  • Share information about who hears voices helping to demystify the phenomena and start conversations about how it is part of being human.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the role voices can play in trauma.
  • Begin to work with approaches that can help discover how voices may be related to life struggles, offer powerful insight and clues to what a person can do to make changes.
  • Offer yourself as guide or partner for a person you support – walking alongside a person who chooses to work with the voices they hear.
  • Work with practical approaches for working with voices that can enable a person to find their power to reclaim their life and make changes in their own experience.
  • Reflect on and share your own challenges, learning, assumptions, and growth as a human being and in any of your roles.

Who this workshop is designed for

Essentially this workshop is designed for workers who spend regular time with individuals who hear voices and struggle with their experience, including doctors, therapists, counsellors, peer-workers community workers – anyone working in the health system, mental health services.

It can also be suitable for anyone who spends time supporting someone who struggles with voices and yet does not get paid for their work – and who wants to deepen and expand their own understanding of the roles voices can play in a person’s life, ways of understanding, key information, and ways of engaging that can support a person working with their voices.

So, if you encounter people who struggle with the voices they hear and feel you need to understand, and you are ready to play your role in enacting a world that understands, then you may decide this workshop is for you.

Working with voices is always a choice that can only be made by the person hearing voices.

We open ourselves to exploring our own experiences using that to connect with others, willing to share our own vulnerabilities, yet always remembering and recognizing that it is the person we support who is doing the hard work.

Workshop design…

This is an intensive, highly practical and experiential workshop- a learning circle in which we learn with and from each other.

We will share a number of approaches that can be used singly or in any combination but the real learning comes from how we engage together. For each of the approaches we will…

  • share key ideas, tools and resources;
  • immerse ourselves in practical exercises to explore the approaches and techniques
  • engage in deep personal reflection, shared sense making and dialogue…

A creative approach

This is not presented as therapy or a manualized approach but the material and ideas do lend themselves to being integrated into counselling or therapy work; some are structured, some very intuitive, iterative and creative.

This work is not so much with adhering to techniques, or following steps as seeing these approaches as ways to build relationship, explore, learn together, always letting the person you support take the lead, make choices, find and use their power.

A framework / a map

We share this map based on work by Dr Marius Romme, as a tool for navigating the landscape as we walk alongside a person who choses to work with their voices. 

Topics included

We spend time sharing key ideas, resources and practice in each of these topics

  • Holding Safe-enough space
  • Voices and Trauma
  • Voice Mapping
  • Voice profiling
  • Maastricht Interview
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Voice Dialogue

An Immersive experience

Over the two days we will build practice experiencing the approaches, putting them together and exploring and making sense, and open ourselves to our own inner landscape to inform how we connect and work with a person who might be struggling and chooses us to walk alongside them as they work with their voices.

 

Presenters


Kevin Healey

Has been hearing voices for over forty years and for almost ten has played a key role in establishing Hearing Voices Network in Toronto and supporting others do the same where they live in Canada.

Founder and facilitator for the Toronto Hearing Voices group, one of the longest running in N. America.

Collaborating with artist Dora Garcia founded Hearing Voices Café, Toronto – the world’s first as a regular feature in a city landscape, followed by  others now in Valladolid and [coming soon], Paris and London.

Privileged to have introduced around 500 people to WRAP – a way of finding answers to questions like “what works for me?” and “what else can I do?” and as a process for taking back our own power. Now coaches, mentors and trains WRAP facilitators.

Led the design, development and delivery of Peer Support Training for a leading MH charity; rooted in human values and simple ideas like “peer means equal” and fully aligned with the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s guidelines and recovery principles.

As a speaker is regularly sought to speak at AGMs, Grand Rounds in major hospitals, conferences, in media: print, radio TV, talking about understanding difficult human experiences; recovery; Hearing Voices and inviting people to a different kind of conversation about what it sometimes means to live as a human in this world.

Dave Umbongo

For years Dave would only say only one word, now he authors articles at http://www.recoverynet.ca and moderates online support groups for voices to talk directly with each other round the world, coaches and co-presents in workshops for approaches like voice dialogue.

Enjoys creating memes: out of things voices say, about living in a universe that mostly comprises what he refers to as The Weird, and sharing his own wry observations on the human obsession with calling each another horrible names, categorizing and crushing each other into boxes that don’t fit.

Voices have stories too His favourite pastime is pretending to be a muppet, next is remarking upon how “voices” and “humans” behave in ways that are often very much alike. “The Dave” doesn’t really have a bio – like other superheroes he has an “Origins Story”, and like “The Truth” some of it is already “Out there”.

What others have said about this workshop

  • “Wow! Just Wow!”
  • “Super-fabulous! Indispensable!  Exciting!  Motivating!  Skill & confidence-building!
  • the space created for the workshop was “safe enough” for me to take some risks and participate in ways that I might have otherwise not, had I not felt safe and supported in my learning environment.”
  • “I wanted a deeper understand of the role voices can play in trauma – I AM WELL ON MY WAY.”
  • “I resonate with mapping. This was a wonderful visual teaching tool for me personally in terms of contextualizing the “parts”.
  • “Introduction to the framework was absolutely refreshing and exciting to learn about.”
  • I am so grateful for this resource as a teaching tool.”
  • Incredibly informative practical experience having the opportunity to interview Dave, The DrKens, and Woolfie. Many thanks for their willingness and participation.” 
  • This was a very liberating key idea: taking the position of curious observer, getting to know the voices as individuals in their own right with and individual narrative, story to tell, and knowledge to impart.” 
  • Knowing that there is an alternative framework, than typical medical model, which empowers both individual and worker to understanding and work with voice hearing.”
  • “It is an empowering, hope-instilling and successful framework.  It doesn’t get better than that.”
  • “I learned it’s not about having tools or what we do, it’s about how we listen.”

Please note. This workshop follows on from Workshop #1 Accepting Voices which provides a foundation for this work. If you have not already attended this we are offering it Fri 14th October 2016. 

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Baboons in suits


Robert Sapolsky on how hierarchy has a destructive force in body and psyche in individuals and community.

He is talking about baboons, the ones he’s observed for decades along with the effects of stress upon health and behaviour.

His observation also applies just as much to the beast that is us.

And the culture of domination and fuck-you-buddy-ism that we have builded for ourselves, for each other and for our children.

He also shows us how, by dint of unfortunate circumstances he was able to observe how such a society can transform completely – when alpha and dominant males were wiped out by infected meat.  New males who joined the troop were introduced and assimilated to different more cooperative ways that turned out to bring interesting health outcomes for all the troop …

So, anyone got a big pile o’ meat?

 

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Workshop #1 Accepting Voices in Ajax – Fri Nov 24th 2017


This workshop is open to all.
Registration is required, available online NOW with limited number of places at early bird discount rates  until Oct 10.

Limited places available.

 

Community Partner

Big thanks to Durham Mental Health Services for joining with us to make this workshop available in Durham Region, Ontario.

 

About Hearing Voices

Hearing voices is intentional, ordinary language descriptive of a range of human experience that has been mystified, is often feared and yet which is also remarkably common.

Hearing Voices also refers to an emancipatory approach that accepts such experiences as very real and meaningful if sometimes difficult to live with, and that seeks to share ways we can learn to live with such difficult experiences and support and connect with each other.

This approach also includes many other similar experiences that can be hard to live with and harder to talk about and make sense of.

When we learn to put aside our fear of both ourselves and each other we generate possibilities that we can find and create new roles, connect with each other, and find richer experiences of being human as we co-create a world that’s easier to live in for all of us.

About this workshop

This workshop offers a uniquely human way of understanding the kind of experiences that get called mystifying names like “psychosis”; a non-diagnostic way of understanding such experiences and  deeper understanding of how  we might better support those who live with these experiences and who struggle from humanity and compassion.

  • Do you work with people who hear voices or other experiences that get called names like “psychosis” and who struggle with that?
  • Do you have someone in your life who hears voices and struggles and feel limited in your ability to understand and support them?
  • Have you come to realize how the story that a person hearing voices must mean “illness” ? limits not only them but limits you too, and limits all of us?
  • Are you weary of the notion that we must fear ourselves and fear each other ?
  • Are you curious to learn more and are you asking “what else can I do?”

If so then this workshop might help you tilt your universe and emancipate yourself. It offers new, very simple and very human ways to understand and begin to act .

If you’re looking for a workshop on how to diagnose and categorise your friends, family and colleagues and what dehumanizing names to call yourself and them, then know that this is not it.

Our aim is that you can feel more confident in your ability to offer yourself as a one person safe space to people who live with experiences that get called names like “psychosis” and that can be difficult to live with and more difficult to talk about.

Jwe envisin a society that understandsoin us in enacting a world that understands voice hearing, supports the needs of people who hear voices and regards them as full citizens.

Registration is required.

  • Limited spaces.
  • Registration is available now, online at Eventbrite

Register now…

Fee

  • Community Early Bird  $100
  • register nowCommunity                        $125
  • Worker EarlyBird           $125
  • Worker                                $150

Either: click the red button…

or click on, or copy/paste the link below…

See below for a full Workshop Description.

 

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This workshop is foundational and prerequisite to other more advanced trainings, including:

 

Ready to take your next step?

working with voicesIf you have attended this workshop then you may be ready for the next step

Workshop #2 Working With Voices.

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Accepting Voices: Workshop Description

This unique and innovative workshop offers you a non-diagnostic understanding of the kinds of experience like hearing voices that are that are sometimes called “psychosis”.

We offer you simple,  everyday language to show you how you can understand such experiences not as “disconnected from” but intimately connected with reality and in ways that can be overwhelming, painful, frustrating, sometimes terrifying response to the reality we share,

It also offers a framework you can use to connect and draw from your own experiences to help you truly empathize and understand how better to support people who might be undergoing such difficult experiences.

You’ll leave feeling more at ease with both yourself and your ability to offer yourself as a one-person safe-space to people who struggle.

Join us in enacting a society that understands voice hearing, supports individuals who hear voices and views them as full citizens. .

What you can expect and connect yourself with a community of people doing just that.

This workshop will enable you better to …

  • Understand hearing voices [and other experiences] as a normal human experience, that can become problematic, when a person is left to struggle without support..
  • Share simple data and stories about just how common it is to hear voices- how it is not in itself a problem and many people do – some cultures regard it as bringing great benefit.
  • Peer through and beyond diagnostic frameworks – resist the urge to catalogue and categorize everything you witness as “symptom”.and instead,
  • take an interest in the person struggling with their experience of voices and other experiences called “psychosis” as a human being having a hard time..
  • Begin to accept even the most difficult of human experiences as something that can be understood, explored and even valued.
  • Look within your own experience and relate with different experiences like hearing voices, visions, unshared beliefs.
  • Explore how you can be at ease in your role and be more real with people who have difficult experiences .
  • Offer yourself as a one-person safe-space to people who struggle with experiences like hearing voices.

Who this workshop is designed for…

We believe the hearing voices approach is emancipatory for all.

emancipateWorkers
If, in your work, you work with you come into contact with people who hear voices and who struggle with that; and you have experienced how that can leave you feeling uncomfortable or worse, then we think you’ll find this one day workshop useful.

So, if you’re a doctor, nurse, social worker, community worker, housing worker, peer support worker, psychologist, therapist, police officer, etc. then it may be for you.

Families, carers, everyone. 
The workshop is also highly suitable for you if you love, live with, care for people in your life who hear voices and struggle with that – and you have come to realise the limitations of an approach that limits understanding to illness-brain chemicals and you are curious about how else you may understand, and what else you can do..


Workshop design…

This is an intensive workshop covering a lot of ground , together we will :

  • Gain insights from people who hear voices, and from others who work with people who hear voices.
  • Learn how we can think differently about voices and other experiences that are sometimes labelled “psychosis”
  • Explore how, as workers, we can accept ourselves and each other, relax and enjoy our work: the better to offer support for people who hear voices.
  • Interact – with deep personal reflection,  shared sense-making and dialogue.
  • We will also share some simple, practical approaches that you can use in your practice on return to work.
  • Connect with resources and both local network and the global hearing voices community.

This workshop is designed to leave you feeling more competent and confident in your own ability to offer yourself as a one person safe space for people who hear voices.

You will not become an expert in one day but you’ll have a good basis for starting and feeling more comfortable – and more human – as you do.

Poster

Please feel free to help us let people know about this by print, post, distribute, …or why not hand to your worker colleague o boss, and ask… “when are you going to do this training?”

Poster: easy print PDF version

 

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I’m just a girl – Do Doubt


I’m just a girl
In the world
that’s all you’ll let me be

Oh, I’ve had it up to!
Oh, I’ve had it up to!!
Oh, I’ve had it up to here

Take this pink ribbon off my eyes
I’m exposed
And it’s no big surprise
Don’t you think I know
Exactly where I stand
This world is forcing me
To hold your hand
‘Cause I’m just a girl, little ol’ me
Well don’t let me out of your sight
Oh, I’m just a girl, all pretty and petite
So don’t let me have any rights
Oh, I’ve had it up to here!
The moment that I step outside
So many reasons
For me to run and hide
I can’t do the little things
I hold so dear
‘Cause it’s all those little things
That I fear
‘Cause I’m just a girl
I’d rather not be
‘Cause they won’t let me drive
Late at night
Oh I’m just a girl
Guess I’m some kind of freak
‘Cause they all sit and stare
With their eyes
Oh I’m just a girl
Take a good look at me
Just your typical prototype
Oh, I’ve had it up to here!
Oh, am I making myself clear?
I’m just a girl
I’m just a girl in the world
That’s all that you’ll let me be!
Oh I’m just a girl, living in captivity
Your rule of thumb
Make me worry some
Oh I’m just a girl, what’s my destiny?
What I’ve succumbed to
Is making me numb
Oh I’m just a girl, my apologies
What I’ve become is so burdensome
Oh I’m just a girl, lucky me
Twiddle-dum there’s no comparison
Oh, I’ve had it up to!
Oh, I’ve had it up to!!
Oh, I’ve had it up to here
Songwriters: Gwen Stefani / Thomas Dumont

 

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I am what I am – Gloria Gaynor


I am what I am
And what I am needs no excuses

 

 

 

I Am What I Am

I am what I am
I don’t want praise, I don’t want pity
I bang my own drum
Some think it’s noise, I think it’s pretty
And so what if I love each sparkle and each bangle
Why not try to see things from a different angle
Your life is a sham
Till you can shout out
I am what I am

I am what I am
And what I am needs no excuses
I deal my own deck
Sometimes the aces sometimes the deuces
It’s one life and there’s no return and no deposit
One life so it’s time to open up your closet
Life’s not worth a damn till you can shout out
I am what I am

I am what I am
And what I am needs no excuses
I deal my own deck sometimes the aces sometimes the deuces
It’s one life and there’s no return and no deposit
One life so it’s time to open up your closet
Life’s not worth a damn till you can shout out
I am what I am

I am, I am, good
I am, I am, strong
I am, I am somebody
I am I do belong
I am, I am, good
I am, I am, strong
I am, I am somebody
I am I do belong
I am, I am, useful
I am, I am true
I am, I am worthy
I am as good as you
I am, I am, useful
I am, I am true
I am, I am worthy
I am as good as you

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how psychiatric diagnosis becomes “proof” of the “chemical imbalance” that causes psychiatric diagnosis


Short 5min video at xtranormal brilliantly sums up the utter bollox that is psych diagnosis…
 

So,
I’m depressed because I have a chemical imbalance …

and I have a chemical imbalance because I’m depressed?

 

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Normal is that which none of us quite are


Sure, I’ve never seen an average day
I’ve never met a normal man or woman

Professor Timothy FX Finnegan called
“Murphy’s first fundamental finding”.

Couldn’t find an average man
couldn’t find an average woman
couldn’t even find an average dog

I’ve never saw an average dog
I never saw a normal human being

Nothing is normal

The normal and the average
are statistical abstractions
that don’t actually exist.

There are no normal people,
any more than there are normal dogs, normal giraffes
normal events, normal days, average …

Nobody is the average size
Nobody is the average weight

These are all pure fictions.

The normal is that which none of us quite are…

 

 

More on Sean Murphy and Prof Timothy FX Finnegan.
http://www.rawilson.com/csicon.html

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Fidelity – Regina Spektor


I got lost in the sounds I hear in my mind
All these voices I hear in my mind
All of these words I hear in mind
All this music
And it breaks my heart

all together now…. ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

I never loved nobody fully
Always one foot on the ground
And by protecting my heart truly
I got lost in the sounds I hear in my mind
All these voices I hear in my mind
All of these words I hear in mind
All this music
And it breaks my heart
And it breaks my heart
And it breaks my heart
Well, it breaks my heart
Suppose I never ever met you
Suppose we never fell in love
Suppose I never ever let you
Kiss me so sweet and so soft
Suppose I never ever saw you
Suppose you never ever called
Suppose I kept on singing love songs
Just to break my own fall
Just to break my fall
Just to break my fall
Just to break my fall
Break my fall
Break my fall
All my friends say
That of course it’s
Gonna get better
Gonna get better
Better
Better
Better
Better
Better
Better
Better
I never
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