Category Archives: peer support

all that stuff about symptoms and diagnoses…

All that stuff about symptoms and diagnoses it is interesting but it’s not that useful. All I need to know is my buddy [Jo] is having a hard time… and there are dozens, maybe hundreds of things I can do … Continue reading

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Wounded Healers: How peer support workers help patients in crisis

Peer Workers do not have magic faerie dust but this podcast sheds light on what’s possible and some of what it takes to integrate peer support into clinical settings, even a busy “Emerge” or “ER”…
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Hearing Voices Training – Workshop #1: Accepting Voices – Fri 14th Oct 2016

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

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Prescription, Peer Support and the Pharaoh

Peer support : what have prescription, Opression and Yul Brynner got to do with it? Continue reading

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call us crazy

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Greg MacDougall who wrote this piece on peer and survivor organising in Southern Ontario. Greg’s article made the cover of Canadian publication  The Dominion for it’s May 2013 edition. Greg also … Continue reading

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talk n turkey – wed 19th Dec

secondwednesday recovery with attitude for peers, by peers yes the weeks are in a twist but dont get your knickers in a twist  :  secondwednesday Dec 2012 actually meets on the third wednesday   talk-n-turkey Christmas dinner wed dec -19th 6pm to 9.00pm 46 … Continue reading

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“bipolar” – or waking up?

Many people who have been diagnosed with mental illness find a spiritual dimension in the experience, especially when they have worked their way through and, looking backwards, can connect the dots between what they’ve learned and make some sense from the struggle. “I can’t … Continue reading

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Hearing Voices: a normal human experience

This pamphlet accompanies the talk I gave in the workshop at the… Holistic Mental Health Conference Toronto, 21 June 2012. pamphlet available here as  pdf:   hearing voices- a normal human experience [25Jun2012] Related articles Holistic Mental Health Conference ( Disturbed … Continue reading

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The dollar barrier to mental health

Article in Toronto Star 5th Jun 2012 by  Michael Gray Kimber The dollar barrier to mental health   Michael Kimber When former Tory MP David Batters committed suicide in 2009 after a battle with depression, Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke … Continue reading

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Expert by Experience – Clarissa Silva

TEDx Maastricht 2012   [The Netherlands] by Clarissa Silva Clarissa tells of her own experience working one day as a caregiver  administering psychiatric medications  to people she cared for – the next day receiving those same blue pills from another, former … Continue reading

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