Authors: Anne Helm, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: TIDAL MODEL, CONSUMER KEYNOTE, LIVED EXPERIENCE
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
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.