KEYNOTE PAPER: Reclamation And Reconciliation

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Authors: Anne Helm, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND

Year: 2004

Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 0975765302

Abstract: The author is a consumer writer and worker. This paper explores the phenomena of responding to life’s distress, in the experience of madness (or mental illness) and explores professional values and filters that are impediments to the reclamation process needed. “Reclamation” is used here as a metaphor for the process of recovery or getting on with life and claiming a life worth living. The consumer’s voice is paramount in the healing encounter. Reference will be made to Professor Phil Barker’s Tidal Model and collaborative note writing. The paper also calls for the urgent need to acknowledge our collective pasts, by way of reconciliation, and move to a more hopeful egalitarian future in mental health services.

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