Authors: Greg Ralls, WA
Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper demonstrates personal healing and recovery following an experience of ‘voices’ and psychosis. For the author, the voices were internal, inaudible and ‘thought-like’, and in combination with treatment related to the psychotic experience resulted in a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Antecedent factors including fatigue and psychological trauma are explored, with the onset of voices shown as being temporally related to overwhelming distress. Medical care can be troubling to the individual and difficult to reconcile. Conventional and alternative understandings are examined and ‘Five Keys to Recovery and Mental Wellbeing 'presented, with a focus on personal experience of simple-to-understand social factors such as family, lifestyle, and workforce participation. Storytelling is proposed as an effective vehicle for healing, integral to ownership of one’s experiences and essential, when supported, for the maintenance of wellbeing through self-empowerment.