Category Archives: my story

Recovery as a Self-Directed Process of Healing and Transformation By: Patricia E. Deegan Ph.D.


The word “recovery” has now stuck onto every sentence uttered in mental health services just so we’ll know just how “recovery oriented” everything and everyone has now become. “Recovery oriented” is now an established branding but just what does that mean? … Continue reading

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An uncommon story – Asante Haughton


Asante Haughton  pretty damn dope at TEDx Youth@Toronto.      Asante Haughton   Pretty damn dope but you know my story, it’s a common story for a lot of kids around the world but the ending of my story is … Continue reading

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I feel no shame about my mental breakdown: it helped make me who I am – David Harewood


This week’s World Mental Health Day saw the global mental illness industry work itself into lather: Twit-storming wave after wave of stats and scary numbers at us of just how many of us are diagnosed,  have yet to be diagnosed … Continue reading

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Open letter from a mother in recovery


The thing we call “Mental Health” system so often clamps its iron jaws around us – disabling not just the person given the diagnosis but also their entire family. The effect can be devastating, and it often takes a decade or … Continue reading

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Suck my left one – Bikini Kill


Suck. My.  Left.  One.     Suck My Left One Sister Sister, where did we go wrong? Tell me what the fuck we’re doing here Why are all the boys acting strange? We’ve got to show them we’re worse than … Continue reading

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Brian Keenan – Music


Brian Keenan wrote an account of his own experience of being kidnapped and held in confinement  – “An Evil Cradling”. Here he is reading from chapter seven  “Music”, accompanied by animations by Kavaleer productions. The result is a brief but … Continue reading

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An important question: What happened to you?


Eleanor Longden’s TED Talk has been seen by a couple of million people online. It has also been nominated by The Guardian newspaper as one of The Twenty Online Talks That Could Change Your Life. Eleanor will be joining us … Continue reading

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a whole chorus of someones…


Psychiatric patients always have someone (or a whole chorus of someones) telling them what they are supposed to do. -Elyn Saks a tale of mental illness from the inside  recoverynetwork:Toronto schizophrenia – sentence or diagnosis?  recoverynetwork:Toronto

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my way – Nina Hagen


Whatever “it” is, if anyone does, then Nina Hagen does “it” no other way but Her Way . . . . I know the end is near And so I face the final curtain My friend, I’ll hope it’s clear I’ll state … Continue reading

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Not Anytime Soon – Linda Chamberlain


Linda Chamberain is one of those people you remember meeting, and someone you never forget. I first met her on a WRAP facilitator course. Now there’s a book so the world can get to know something of her story and her … Continue reading

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