Voices of Experience: Narratives of Mental Health Survivors by Thurstine BassetVoices of Experience: Narratives of Mental Health Survivors by Thurstine Basset

Voices of Experience: Narratives of Mental Health Survivors

byThurstine Basset, Theo Stickley

Paperback | October 4, 2010

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Voices of Experience contains a wide range of stories written by mental health survivors. The narratives illustrate how survivors have developed self-management techniques and strategies for living which, together, offer a guide to anybody struggling with 21st century life.
  • Explores a wide variety of mental distress experiences, underpinned by many different explanations and beliefs
  • Narrative has been central to the recovery approach and this book presents stories of recovery as well as an appraisal of the concept
  • Challenges simplistic explanations of recovery and offers a critical angle to our understanding of what it means to experience mental health problems
  • Offers guidance for mental health workers and professionals within the context of current mental health policies in the UK
Thurstine Basset is a social worker who now runs his own independent training and development consultancy. His current clients include the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Education not Discrimination at Rethink. He is the Chair of the Mental Health Training Forum, Middlesex University and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Brig...
Title:Voices of Experience: Narratives of Mental Health SurvivorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 9.6 × 6.7 × 0.5 inPublished:October 4, 2010Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0470683627

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Table of Contents

About the Editors vii

Contributors viii

1. Introduction 1
Thurstine Basset and Theo Stickley

Poem: Recovery – Libby Jackson 12

2. The Antidote to Madness: Crystallising out the Real Self 13
Peter Chadwick

Poem: But What is the Cause? – Libby Jackson 20

3. Surviving the System 21
Peter Campbell

Poem: They Come and Go – Dave St. Clair 31

Poem: Fixing Dinner – Dave St. Clair 32

4. Measuring the Marigolds 33
Alison Faulkner

Poem: The Tears I Cry – Mariyam Maule 45

5. Coping Strategies and Fighting Stigma 46
Joy Pope

Poem: Day by Day – Libby Jackson 57

6. Living with the Dragon: The Long Road to Self-Management of Bipolar II 58
Peter Amsel

Poem: In Exile – Mariyam Maule 75

7. Coping Strategies 76
Ruth Dee

Poem: Puppeteer – Esta Smith 84

8. What’s it Like Having a Nervous Breakdown? Can You Recover? 85
Laura Lea

Poem: A Journey beyond Silence – Mariyam Maule 94

9. The Bridge of Sighs and the Bridge of Love: a Personal Pilgrimage 95
Peter Gilbert

Poem: Have You Ever Felt Lonely? – Dave St. Clair, 114

Poem: He Saved My Bacon – Dave St. Clair 115

10. The Holy Spirit – Healer, Advocate, Guide and Friend 116
Richard Lilly

Poem: Mist of Tears – Brice Jones 120

11. CAPITAL Writings 121
Thomas France, Timothy Bird, Richard Love, Kay Phillpot, Howard Pearce, Clare Ockwell and Jude Smith

Poem: Nicely Nicely Nought – Martin Snape 141

Poem: Feel Easy-Fit – Martin Snape 141

12. The Value of Self-Help/Peer Support 142
Caroline Bell, Sarah Collis and Joan Cook

Poem: The Clear Sky – Dave St. Clair 151

13. A Recovery Approach in Mental Health Services: Transformation, Tokenism or Tyranny? 152
Premila Trivedi

Poem: To What Could Have Been – Mariyam Maule 164

14. Stand to Reason 165
Jonathan Naess

Poem: I Am – Libby Jackson 173

15. Walking with Dinosaurs 174
John Stuart Clark

Poem: Negatives and Positives – Libby Jackson 182

16. Conclusions, Discussion and Ways Ahead 183
Thurstine Basset, Joan Cook and Theo Stickley

Poem: The Heart of Humankind – Mariyam Maule 192

Index 193

Editorial Reviews

"A most welcome emphasis on the human meaning of mental health problems and the priceless value of human support. This book reminds us of the drama of everyday life and the authors of Voices of Experience invite us to become the heroes of our own stories".
—Professor Phil Barker, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK