Authors: Paul Nestor and Sandra Miller
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, KEYNOTE, schizophrenia, lived experience, peer work, community support
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Paul Nestor and Sandra Miller have worked as Consumer Peer Workers in rehabilitation and acute inpatient settings. Both are working as educators within early psychosis projects and mental health community awareness projects. Paul works with individuals as a community support worker. Sandra has been employed as an activity supervisor in an acute inpatient unit and is the co-author of the book 'Living Well with Schizophrenia'. Both Paul and Sandra have personal experience of mental illness. Each person's story is unique and amazing. Stories must not be forgotten, they must be heard and used to develop better mental health services into the future. The journey from locked back-ward to peer worker and community educator is inspiring and must be used to drive further change.