VOICES FOR CHANGE, BRISBANE
Lived Experience Speakers - Mental Health Recovery
I have a lived experience of psychosis and hallucinatory phenomena (e.g. hearing and seeing things that other people do not), and some of my experiences began when I was very young. I’m a strong believer in peer support, and through building relationships with others who have ‘been there’ I have learned over time how to live with unusual states of mind without being derailed by them.
I am interested in how people develop strategies to navigate their way through psychosis. Additionally, I believe that hallucinations are parts of the self that want to be recognised, and that people can and do find ways to engage with voices, visions and unusual presences respectfully, and without losing a connection to ‘reality’. I am completing a Sociology PhD on these issues at the University of Queensland.
I teach and speak on a regular basis, and I am comfortable presenting in a range of formats, (including as a single speaker, as a participant in a Q&A style panel, etc). Speaking is a passion for me and I have presented to diverse audiences, including to people with a lived experience, academics, students, mental health professionals, family members and carers; and sometimes all of these at once.