Derek Walcott


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Being Heard – Thu 23rd March 2017


Delighted to be invited to be a part of a special event this Thursday at The Gladstone Hotel and organised by Raconteurs in conjunction with Workman Arts.


Being Heard…

Thu 23 March  @ 7:00 pm9:30 pm
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W
Toronto, ON Canada

More info– see links below…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/394253344268973/

Website:  http://raconteurs.ca/events/heard-true-stories-mental-health/

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No particular place to go – Chuck Berry


Crusin’ and playin’ the radio
With no particular place to go

 

 

 

 

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Drop the bomb – Trouble Funk


Whoooooo-e-ee!

Say what!?

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Where’s your head at


“Where’s Your Head At”

Where’s your head at? (at? at? at?…)

Where’s your head at?
(Where your head at? Where your head at? at? at? at? at? at? at?)
Where’s your head at?
(Where your head at? Where your head at? at? at? at?)
Drop it

Okay are you ready? I’m ready! Yeaaah!!!

Where’s your head at?
(Where your head at? Where your head at? at? at? at? at? at? at?)
Where’s your head at?
(Where your head at? Where your head at? at? at? at? at? at? at?)

Don’t let the walls cave in on you
We can’t live on, live on without you
Don’t let the walls cave in on you
We can’t live on, live on without you
Don’t let the walls cave in on you
You get what you give that much is true
Don’t let the walls cave in on you
You turn the world away from you

Where’s your head at?
(Where your head at? Where your head at? at? at? at? at? at? at?)
Where’s your head at?
(Where your head at? Where your head at? at? at? at? at? at? at?)

Where’s it at? Let’s go!

Okay are you ready? I’m ready! (go go go!)

You have now found yourself trapped in the incomprehensible maze…

Where’s your head at? (Y’all know how it be)
Where’s your head at?
Where’s your head at? (You don’t make it easy on yourself)
Where’s your head at? (What you give is what you get…
Is what you get… what you get…)

At… at… at… at…

[freestyle vocals]

Where’s your head at?
(Where your head at? Where your head at? at? at? at? at? at? at?)
Where’s your head at?
(Where your head at? Okay are you ready? Where your head at? at? at? at? at? at? at?)

Don’t let the walls cave in on you
We can’t live on, live on without you
Don’t let the walls cave in on you
We can’t live on, live on without you

Watch it!!

Where’s your head at? (watch it!) Where’s your head at?
We can’t live on, live on without you
We can’t live on, live on without YOU!!!

 

Thanks to dylanwalker for adding these lyrics.
Writer(s): Simon Ratcliffe, Gary Anthony James Webb, Felix Major Buxton
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Hearing Voices at UoT – Open Minds: Wed 29th March 2017


Very pleased to be leading a workshop  at U of T’s Grad Minds organised Conference
Open Minds: Making Headway…
Wed 29th Mar, 2017


Session 1c Hearing  Voices
6.40pm to 7.40pm

Hearing Voices
Kevin Healey (RecoveryNetwork:Toronto) – An invitation to join a different conversation about diverse human experiences and struggling in the world. Hearing voices, and other experiences we call ‘psychosis,’ is remarkably common, yet taboo.

At its core, “mental illness” is human pain: disconnection and disempowerment. Speaking with languages of human experience we create new ways of sense-making, interpreting, and living.

Already, emancipatory approaches, like ‘Hearing Voices,’ are enabling people to support each other in reconnecting and finding power to lead a life worth living.

More info and Reservations at Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/open-minds-conference-2017-tickets-32546033061

 

 

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when one human being tells another what is real…


when-on-eof-us-tells-the-another-what-is-real

 

When one human being tells another what is real what they are actually doing is making a demand for obedience.
– Humberto Maturana

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When diagnosis sets us apart…


diagnosis

Such is the power of its hold over our way of understanding ourselves in recent years that if  you look up the word in a dictionary of current usage you’ll need to take a long gaze to get beyond its most common usage – diagnosis in medical terms.

Yet, until not that long ago the word was actually quite useful, in disciplines involved in recognising and solving “problems”.

If instead of limiting our understanding of current usage  we look to etymology – origins-  of the word we find that it means…

to set apart from, in order to come to know…

in more common parlance to study.

Interesting how  a word that has come to be so powerful is used to do just that – to separate and set aside a person from the rest: “the normals” – or more accurately  those who have yet to have their unique human characterstics deemed “abnormal”, deficit, disorder.

Objectifying begins when we call them names, and have them come to call themselves by that name.

At the centre of every “mental health” “issue” is a human being [usually more than one] in pain, feeling powerless and disconnected.

Yet too often what we call “treatment” serves to objectify, isolate and render those already struggling yet more disconnected and yet more powerless.

A person’s struggle always makes sense in a broad-enough context.

Choosing to embrace the diversity of human experience enables us to explore meaning in midst of difficulty, and enables us to generate a range of ways we might support a person in finding their power, reconnecting and living a life worth living.

Its time we chose to stop the silly argument that put people in double bind no-win situation forcing them to choose between what we advocate and what someone else advocates – that serves o one well.

It’s time to open our minds, and open up our thinking and our language to create spaces in which people can be human, find their power, reconnect and make their own choices.

The first revolution comes when we choose to change the way we look at things.
Join us, change yours.

 

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Hearing Voices Cafe Toronto- 2017


New dates for Toronto’s Hearing Voices Cafe

We usually meet on the first Monday of the Month
-except when we don’t.
6pm to 8pm

Coffee and All That Jazz
72, Howard Park Ave, Toronto

 

 

 

https://recoverynet.ca/hv-cafe/hearing-voices-cafe-toronto/

 

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Reclaiming our Bodies and Minds


Free your ass and your mind will follow
Free your mind and your ass will follow

Honored to be invited to present today with very good friend Jonathan Balazs at Reclaiming Bodies and Minds at Ryerson University in Toronto…

Hearing Voices – Unseen UnHeard

 

Hearing Voices: Unheard and Unseen

Time:              Saturday, March 11 from 2:00pm-3:30pm
Location:      Thomas Lounge, Student Campus Centre
Facilitators: Kevin Healey and Jonathan Balazs

Description:  Hearing voices is a remarkably common human experience yet one that has been mystified and demonized and made taboo, meaning many more struggle than need to and many are isolated meaning their already difficult experience is made more difficult.

Likewise those of us who do hear voices are stereotyped demonized and discriminated against for being too different.

In this session, there will be a showing of selected clips from the documentary They Heard Voices, a film about exploring the hearing voices movement, psychosis and the “schizophrenia” label.

The film attempts to challenge assumptions about the disorder with clarifying issues surrounding what gets called “psychosis”, the historical  significance of diagnoses.

The film will be followed by a dialogue on the hearing voices movement and also outlining key ideas and ongoing work in the community to reclaim experience, language and space, bodies and minds.

 

 

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