Every evil begins with: “I am going to help you”


Every evil begins with someone saying to another: “I am going to help you”.

Milos Foreman

Completely Cuckoo: Documentary of the making of “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

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You must stand on your own feet…

Michael Leunig…

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Shitzophrenia- If you don”t give it to me I wont need to recover from it

Had the privilege of having my voice heard at World Hearing Voices Congress in Montreal last week.

This is for all those who were there with us, and especially those who appreciated this one. And even more, it’s for for those who didn’t get to be there …

“Its spelled that way because you gotta be a bit of a shit to call someone names like that.”
– Dave Umbongo.

Schitzophrenia is a socially constructed contagion.
One that can only be contracted by spending too much time in close proximity with people called “mental health professionals” .

[and many others help captive by the master narrative / orthodoxy that if you live with and struggle with difficult experiences there is something wrong with you/ your brain/ your genes.]


If you don’t give it to me then I won’t need to “recover” from it.

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Facts continue to change their shape…

Facts are simple and facts are straight
Facts are lazy and facts are late
Facts all come with points of view
Facts don’t do what I want them to
Facts just twist the truth around
Facts are living turned inside out
Facts are getting the best of them
Facts are nothing on the face of things
Facts don’t stain the furniture
Facts go out and slam the door
Facts are written all over your face
Facts continue to change their shape

– Talking Heads

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Yvette Perrault

I was lucky to get to listen to Yvette Paerrault talk for two hours as guest speaker last week at a team retreat ….
This talk covers some similar ground so you can hear Yvette  too.

Yvette Perrault of AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program, Ontario

How do we draw on ways teams developed resiliency in AIDS crisis in ways that can be useful now in the current opiod crisis?

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/250139370″>Yvette Perreault – December 1, 2017</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user7106881″>Concordia HIV/AIDS Project</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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True Legacy

Geoge Monbiot outlines the true and most lasting legacy of the collonial project that takes its lead from Columbus and the way of thinking
that says …
“we can just do this [shit]”.

We’re still doing it.
We still think its ok to keep doing it.

So. while you’e giving thanks for what is good today
we invite you to also spend a moment also thinking on
what we need to make our choice stop.


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Completely Cuckoo – 7pm, Tue 8th Oct 2019

Love “One flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” ?
Want to see the remarkable story of how this remarkable movie was made?

Completely Cuckoo [documentary] tells that story.

A Mad For Movies
Guattari Goes to the Movies Series Screening…

Completely Cuckoo

Watch the movie [87mins] then join in with a bit of a dialogue after.

Tue 8th October
7pm to 9pm

U of T: Victoria College Building (Old Vic)
Room VC 323
73 Queen’s Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7

Accessibility: Venue is wheelchair accessible [- more info to follow here]


This event is brought to you by Community Partnership between:

  • UofT Comparatve For Literature
  • Guattari Research Group – Toronto
  • Recovery Network Toronto

ISPS-US.org [Toronto Branch]

About This Event

In partnership with Recovery Network: Toronto, ISPS-US, and the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Guattari Research Group – Toronto is screening Completely Cuckoo, the making-of documentary of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, on Tuesday, October 8th, at 7:00pm in VC 323. The GRG – T is dedicated to investigating the work of Félix Guattari and its many different applications, interpretations, and mutations in various contexts within and beyond academia.

This is our inaugural “Guattari Goes to the Movies” crossover event with “Mad for Movies”. We’ve organized this screening in solidarity with Toronto communities in hopes of cultivating an open conversation about how we see our and others’ experiences and mental wellness. For more info about our community partner, Recovery Network : Toronto, and a short review about the documentary, please click the following link: https://recoverynet.ca/2019/09/25/completely-cuckoo-7pm-tue-8th-oct-2019/.  We will have a short introduction and then a discussion after the film. All are invited and we hope to see you there!


PDF:   completely cuckoo-poster



3 November 2009 | by Ali_John_Catterall – See all my reviews

“It was hard to discern who were the actors and who were the inmates,” says Christopher Lloyd of his time spent filming 1975’s Academy award-winning One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. It’s hardly surprising. As revealed in Charles Kiselyak’s excellent and often very funny feature-length documentary, we learn that the filmmakers and 89 mental patients effectively lived and worked together as one while shooting in a real-life psychiatric hospital in Oregon.

Viewers may detect a trend here: Merry Prankster Ken Kesey’s source novel had been written on the night shift in the ward of a Californian mental institution, while the author was high on Peyote, as a diatribe against what he coined “Bull**** consciousness” – the patients’ mental state, he believed, was a natural reaction to the soul-sapping insanity of corporate America and “institutionalised evil”. As Kesey, who clearly identified with his Goliath-baiting protagonist RP McMurphy, says, “Not only was I writing about these guys with twisted consciousness – but I had joined their ranks.” Years later, following a Kirk Douglas-starring stage adaptation and numerous knock-backs from queasy Hollywood execs, director Milos Forman would apply the same Dunkirk spirit to his movie, aided no end by a remarkably progressive administrator, Dr Dean Brooks, whose residential psychiatric hospital provided a location for cast and crew, and who insists the film-making process was a useful aid to his patients’ rehabilitation.

And it’s here that the real meat – and real heroes – of Kiselyak’s film begin to emerge. If leading man Jack Nicholson (absent here) described McMurphy as “a cross between Hamlet and Jesus Christ” in his Oscar acceptance speech, the people behind the cameras, including producer Michael Douglas and screenwriter Bo Goldman, reveal themselves to be no less unusual. All of which makes for a warm, and most moving hour-and-a-half.

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ee by gum can yer belly touch yer bum

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Sock It 2 Me- Missy Elliot

Nownownow now sock it.





Sock It 2 Me

Missy Elliott, Da Brat


Do it do it do it do it do it, no!
I was lookin for affection
So I decided to go, swing that dick in my direction
I’ll be out of control
Let’s take it to perfection
Just you and me
Let’s see if you can bring the bring the bring the nasty out of me
Nownownow now sock it
Ooh ahh, sock it to me like you want to
I can take it like a pro and you’ll know
Do it long bro with a back stroke
My hormones are jumpin like a disco
I be poppin mats like some Crisco.
And all you gotta say is that Missy go
And when you say it though I want it moved slow
I’m at your house around midnight
Don’t fall asleep
It’ll just be me me me on a late night creep
I’ma show you thangs, that you can’t believe
Jump in this b-e-beat
And won’t you sock it to me?
Ooh ahh,
Source: LyricFind
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Working With Voices – Advanced, Two Day Workshop – Thu 30 April 2020

This advanced workshop follows from Workshop #1 Accepting Voices

Two full days, one month apart.

Day 1      Thu 30th   April, 2020    9:30am   to   4:30pm
Day 2       Thu 28th  May, 2020      9:30am   to   4:30pm


$350    Standard
$300    Early bird      [First five people]

The registration is for both days.

Register Online NOW

We know some folks have been waiting for this one, so we put it up front.
If you want to,…

Go straight to registration…


Otherwise, if you want more info read on.
And come back here when you’re ready, pres that Big Purple Button.

How Good Is It? 

Well, Here’s What  Other Participants Had To Say About This Workshop..

“Wow! Just Wow!”

“Super-fabulous! Indispensable! Exciting!”

“Motivating! Skill & confidence-building!”

“The space created for the workshop was “safe enough” for me to take some risks and participate in ways that I might have otherwise not, had I not felt safe and supported in my learning environment.”

“I wanted a deeper understand of the role voices can play in trauma – I AM WELL ON MY WAY.”

“I resonate with mapping. This was a wonderful visual teaching tool for me personally in terms of contextualizing the “parts”.”

“Introduction to the framework was absolutely refreshing and exciting to learn about.”

“I am so grateful for this resource as a teaching tool.”

“Incredibly informative practical experience having the opportunity to interview Dave, The DrKens, and Woolfie. Many thanks for their willingness and participation.”

“This was a very liberating key idea: taking the position of curious observer, getting to know the voices as individuals in their own right with and individual narrative, story to tell, and knowledge to impart.”

“Knowing that there is an alternative framework, than typical medical model, which empowers both individual and worker to understanding and work with voice hearing.”

“It is an empowering, hope-instilling and successful framework. It doesn’t get better than that.”

“I learned it’s not about having tools or what we do, it’s about how we listen.”

Is This Workshop For You?

Do you…?

  • Work with people who hear voices and who struggle with their experience of that?
  • Have someone in your life who lives with difficult voices and who struggles with difficult experiences like that get called “psychosis?
  • Feel confident in your belief that voices are real and in your ability to offer acceptance and hope, to [de -ab]normalize difficult experiences andperson’s ability to make sense of their own experiences?
  • Feel weary of the notion that we must fear ourselves and fear each other?
  • Feel ready to take your next steps in supporting individuals in working with their voices ?
  • Feel ready to learn more, ask yourself “what else can I do?”.
  • Want to know more about how you can be part of creating a future worth living in, to join us in enacting a world that understands?

Are you ready to take your next steps?

If so, then this workshop might help you further tilt your universe and emancipate yourself with deeper understanding.

This workshop is designed to share useful material but mostly to help you be more open, curious and willing to learn about a person’s own experience – to deepen and broaden your own ability to understand so that you can join us in enacting a world that understands voice hearing, supports the needs of individuals who hear voices and views them as full citizens.

If more of us were able to work with voices then maybe fewer of us would need a career as patients.

Who this workshop is designed for…

Essentially this workshop is designed for workers who spend regular time with individuals who hear voices and struggle with their experience, including doctors, therapists, counsellors, peer-workers community workers

– anyone working in the health system, mental health services, social services, or with “the public”.

It can also be suitable for anyone who spends time supporting someone who struggles with voices and yet does not get paid for their work – and who wants to deepen and expand their own understanding of the roles voices can play in a person’s life, ways of understanding, key information, and ways of engaging that can support a person working with their voices.

So, if in your life you encounter people who struggle with the voices they hear and feel you need to understand, and you are ready to play your role in enacting a world that understands, then you may decide this workshop is for you.

Working with voices is always a choice that can only be made by the person hearing voices.

We open ourselves to exploring our own experiences using that to connect with others, willing to share our own vulnerabilities, yet always remembering and recognizing that it is the person we support who is doing the hard work.

This workshop will enable you better to…

  • Increase and deepen your own understanding of hearing voices as a normal human experience, maybe not shared by everyone, but part of what it means to be human.
  • Share information about who hears voices helping to demystify the phenomena and start conversations about how it is part of being human.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the role voices can play in trauma/ woundedness.
  • Begin to work with approaches that can help discover how voices may be related to life struggles, offer powerful insight and clues to what a person can do to make changes.
  • Offer yourself as guide or partner for a person you support – walking alongside a person who chooses to work with the voices they hear.
  • Work with practical approaches for working with voices that can enable a person to find their power to reclaim their life and make changes in their own experience.
  • Reflect on and share your own challenges, learning, assumptions, and growth as a human being and in any of your roles.


If, after participating in Accepting Voices Workshop you have been offering yourself as a “one-person-safe-space” and you find yourself privileged by someone taking you up on your offer and asking you to walk alongside them as they do their work, then you might find yourself asking …

“ok what’s next?”

“what kind of things might we do together?”.

This workshop is about just that, offers you an introduction and enables you better to:

  • Share your unshakeable belief that voices can be understood in simple terms and in context of life- a whole life.
  • Support people who have chosen to do the sometimes difficult work of emancipating themselves, and learning to make changes in their relationship with difficult experiences that they live with.
  • Share ideas and support a person by sharing selecting and working through practical approaches that enable them to explore, name, and make sense of their uniquely personal experience, to reclaim and use their power, and to write a new story of their life.

Includes introduction to and practical hands on experience using :

  • Voice Mapping
  • Voice Profiling
  • Maastricht Interview
  • Voice Dialogue,
  • Non-Violent Communication.

Workshop design…

This is an intensive, highly practical and experiential workshop- a learning circle in which we learn with and from each other and reflect deeply on our experiuence.

We will share a number of approaches that can be used singly or in any combination but the real learning comes from how we engage together. For each of the approaches we will…

  • S hare key ideas, tools and resources;
  • Immerse ourselves in practical exercises to explore
  • The approaches and techniques
  • Engage in deep personal reflection, shared sense making and dialogue…

A Creative Approach

This is not presented as therapy or a manualized approach but the material and ideas do lend themselves to being integrated into counselling or therapy work; some are structured, some very intuitive, iterative and creative.

This work is not so much with adhering to techniques, or following steps as seeing these approaches as ways to build relationship, explore, learn together, always letting the person you support take the lead, make choices, find and use their power.

A Framework / A Map

The Map For Reclaiming Our Power introduced in Acceptingf Vocies and based on work by Dr Marius Romme, is a key tool for navigating the landscape as we walk alongside a person who choses to work with their voices

Topics Included

  • Holding Safe-enough space
  • Voices and Trauma
  • Voice Mapping
  • Voice profiling
  • Maastricht Interview
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Voice Dialogue



Kevin Healey

Has been hearing voices for over forty years and for almost ten has played a key role in establishing Hearing Voices Network in Toronto and supporting others do the same where they live in Canada.

Founder and facilitator for the Toronto Hearing Voices group, one of the longest running in N. America.

Collaborating with artist Dora Garcia founded Hearing Voices Café, Toronto – the world’s first as a regular feature in a city landscape, followed by others now in Valladolid and [coming soon], Paris and London.

Dave Umbongo

For years Dave would only say only one word, now he authors articles at http://www.recoverynet.ca and talks non stop..

Voices have stories too.

Dave doesn’t really have a bio – like other superheroes he has an “Origins Story”,
and like “THE TRUTH” some of it, at least …
“ . . . . . .IS OUT THERE.”

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