Category Archives: recovery perspectives

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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If anything I’ve learned that it’s not a permanent condition, things do get better

“Psychiatry is a sham but I find myself using their language because that’s the common language. I think I’ll stop that. I think it’s the human condition. We get hungry, angry, lonely, tired, sad, scared, and overwhelmed and it colours … Continue reading

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The brain is a social organ – Dan Siegel

Dr Daniel Siegel talking about how he started out as a scientist, trained as a clinician, became a teacher – always excited to learn as much as he could about the mind. … of how as a scientist he came … 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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Hearing Voices Worker Training – Fri 31st May 2013

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Punk, Mental Health and Recovery – Craig Lewis

Punk, Mental Health and Recovery 8pm Friday 19th April, 2013 The Magpie Taproom 831 Dundas St W Toronto $3 to $5 facebook page: . Craig Lewis: Punk, Mental Health and recovery “Craig Lewis will tell you up front: He’s a … Continue reading

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I am learning how to feel alive – Agnotarte

I came out of my early childhood numb, emotionally and physically shutdown, functioning well in school and at other “stuff”,  but never with much of a sense of being alive, of wanting to be alive, of passionate connection with anybody … Continue reading

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psychiatry: in recovery ?

I was doodling the other day and came up with this list, a simple play on words. It would be difficult to tell much of the time from the way it is typically practised but the word psychiatry means healing … Continue reading

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Mental illness at work: the last taboo

Article from [UK] Daily Telegraph , stories of three women and their experiences of difference, disability and the difficulty of staying in or getting back into work. Includes the very wonderful Rachel Waddingham who joined us by Skype  in September … Continue reading

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