CBC’s radio show The Current featured Keris Myrick in their Game Changer series in November 2011.
Keris manages to do most, if not all, of the things “experts” told her that she would never be able to do: like work as the CEO, helping others, and.., or… well, pretty much whatever she likes.
Hear Keris Myrick describe the experiences she lives with – and some of the ways she has found – some simple, some very creative and some very playful, that help her live the life that suits her.
Keris Myrick is in Toronto Friday 13th June – one of six world renowned speakers at the conference: Psychosis 2.0.
You can hear Keris’ interview with The Current at the link below – and you can come to the conference Friday 13th June and hear her rock Hart House.
Photo: KerisWithaK models MentalSkillness button by Toronto’s very own Skillzy
Changing the face of Schizophrenia
According to the experts, Keris Myrick shouldn’t be running a high-profile organization and she definitely shouldn’t be trying to help people struggling with mental illness.
For years, she was told to lower her expectations and focus on her condition. Keris Myrick has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. She is also the CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network. She supervises more than a hundred people. She says the intense, high-profile nature of the work actually helps her manage the symptoms of her illness.
Now, Myrick is part of a psychiatric study that’s challenging our understanding of what it means to live with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Keris Myrick joined us from Pasadena, California as part of our project Game Changer.
Listen to Interview with Keris Myrick :
Voices, may I say, may be ‘troubling’ when there is dissociation, as in the most extreme case when they are giving orders, for instance. For this reason, alone, (i.e. to avoid dissociation) I believe, even from experience, that it is most healing to ‘make friends’ with voices. (whether external or internal, grin grin!)
This was such a fascinating interview with Keris Myrick! Can’t wait to hear her at the Psychosis 2.0 conference! 🙂
I’m thinking Dave Umbongo and Advocacy Barbie will get on like house on fire.