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Swinburne University hosted a conference titled Hearing Voices and Hallucinations: Research, Practice and Recovery at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne on 21st October 2015.

People with lived experience of hearing voices spoke as well as researchers from Australia and other countries. The people with lived experience, Nathan Grixti, Sue Belmore and Louisa Dent Pearce, spoke eloquently of their success in living meaningful lives involving peer work and empowering others to accept their voice hearing experiences and reframe their interaction with the voices to minimize any negative impact.


David describes himself as a forgotten Australian.

“I’m someone who grew up in government care. At 15 I was shown the door with a bag of clothes, nothing else, and told ‘There’s the door now bugger off.’ I got hurt by authority figures and so I was angry, fighting with authority and lawless. I had heaps of attitude and ran amok.”

On top of being deeply wounded and angered by his time in state care, David felt he was not equipped for life on the outside. He had a succession of jobs but often clashed with employers. 

“It just goes ‘round in a circle.”

David used to dress head to toe in black – a big black leather coat, black pants, heavy black boots, black sunglasses and cap...


Can madness be healthy? 

More and more studies have thrown into question the idea that mental distress is caused by 'chemical imbalances'.  Is the 'illness' model a useful way of making sense of our more 'out there' experiences?  Or does it get in the way of finding meaning in what we go through?

Click here to read the full article via the Rethink website.

Alan Watts described himself not as a philosopher, but as a "philosophical entertainer".  

He draws on Buddhist and Hindu thinking to inspire new ways of thinking about life, happiness, madness, and the all the rest of it. And he's got a wicked sense of humour.




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