Journeys of Hope And Freedom: A lived experience perspective

A CHARM Zoom Public Meeting

Wednesday, 8th December 2021

18:30 – 20:30

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Tracey Higgins & Elisabeth Svanholmer reflect on their own journeys and how they found roads to autonomy and fulfilment

Two lived experience perspectives on the challenges of hearing voices and other extreme states.

Our speakers will reflect on their own journeys and how they found roads to autonomy and fulfilment. They will consider their experience of ‘schizophrenia’, medication, hospitalisation and the ways they found to recover their lives.

Tracey Higgins, is the author of The Girl on the Bridge: A Memoir. (2021) ‘….an exquisite, sensitive, and painful rendition of a struggle against almost impossible odds’. Her experience shows us that ‘schizophrenia’ doesn’t have to be a life sentence. While some mental health professionals called her hopeless, she went to college, worked in Government, and owned and operated a popular restaurant. “

Elisabeth Svanholmer lives with experiences of hearing voices and identifies as highly sensitive. She is on an ongoing journey to figure out how to be human in a world that seems increasingly fragmented and dehumanising. She is based in West Yorkshire, UK and is a self-taught facilitator and organiser of training, supervision and other ways of people coming together to learn and connect. She is passionate about creating space for things that may be considered uncomfortable, strange, inconvenient, confusing and distressing.
She finds inspiration and solace in nature, movement and relationships. See more about Elisabeth here

Organiser of Journeys of Hope And Freedom: A lived experience perspective
CHARM Communities for Holistic Accessible Rights based Mental Health
We are a campaign calling for changes in the way psychiatric services are provided in Greater Manchester.
We’ve teamed up with people with lived experience, trade unions, family groups and citizens
We are calling for a root and branch review and an action plan to transform mental health services in our communities.

Published by CHARM Greater Manchester

CHARM, the Community for Holistic, Accessible, Rights Based Mental Health was launched by The Organic Recovery Learning Community in September 2020.

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