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Accepting Voices Workshop hosted by Grad Minds

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Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

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This workshop offers a human way of understanding the kind of experiences that are called mystifying names like "psychosis," "schizophrenia," "bi-polarity," and others; it explores a non-diagnostic way of comprehending such experiences and to develop a deeper understanding of how we might better support those who live with these experiences and who struggle from humanity and compassion.

  • Do you work with people who hear voices or other experiences that get called names like “psychosis” and who struggle with that?

  • Do you have someone in your life who hears voices and struggles and feel limited in your ability to understand and support them?

  • Have you come to realize how the story that a person hearing voices must mean “illness” limits not only them but limits you too, and limits all of us?

  • Are you weary of the notion that we must fear ourselves and fear each other ?

  • Are you curious to learn more and are you asking “what else can I do?”

If so then this workshop might help you tilt your universe and emancipate yourself. It offers new, very simple and very human ways to understand and begin to act .

If you’re looking for a workshop on how to diagnose and categorise your friends, family and colleagues and what dehumanizing names to call yourself and them, then know that this is not it.

Our aim is that you can feel more confident in your ability to offer yourself as a one person safe space to people who live with experiences that get called names like “psychosis” and that can be difficult to live with and more difficult to talk about.

Workshop is hosted by Kevin Healey. *This registration is only for University of Toronto students* Participants will have to show a valid student ID to attend the workshop.

Healey is one of Toronto’s only post-binary, post-crazy activists. He plays an integral role in the Hearing Voices movement and community in South-Western Ontario. In the last Intervoice Congress in Paris, France, he received the first ever award for Innovation in recognition of his ground-breaking activism and workshops. He has also founded recoverynetwork: Toronto, a resource-connections website based in the city. He questions and critiques perceived stereotypes and discrimination of mental ‘illnesses’ held by people and the mental health system. This is not to say, however, that he is an anti-psychiatrist. Rather, Healey’s work focuses on dialogue between practitioners, academics, patients, consumers/survivors/ex-patients, and allies. It is the space of listening, sharing, and collaboration which Healey hopes to create and support so as to push towards more effective, inclusive, and person-first practices.

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