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Recovery stories
​Listen to some inspiring recovery stories of people living with voices and other phenomena.

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The voices in ​​​my head​​​

In this inspiring TED Talk, Eleanor Longden discusses her experiences with hearing voices and her journey from hopelessness and despair to learning to live peacefully alongside her voices.

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Pat Deegan: becoming “Doctor Deega​​​n"

Pat Deegan shares her courageous journey of breaking free from her 'schizophrenic' label, to becoming a doctor, researcher and advocate to challenge the mental health system.

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A tale of mental illness from the inside

Elyn Saks shares her experiences of being diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia, becoming institutionalised and given little hope, to becoming an accomplished professor of law and psychiatry.

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My journey from psychosis to mental health nurse of the year

Matt Ball shares his experiences of psychosis, trauma, homelessness, and prolonged hospitalisations to becoming a highly-regarded Nurse Practitioner and mental health trainer. Matt, founder of the HUMANE clinic offers holistic and trauma informed approaches towards understanding voices.

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Schizophrenics or voice hearers?

Schizophrenia can seem like a curse for many and half the difficulty lies in the stigma of hearing voices.  In his blogs, Nikhil Murthy challenges that stigma by sharing his own story and offers a new way to view this mental disorder.

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Behind the label

Rachel Waddingham shares her story of challenging the stigma associated with the label of schizophrenia. She discovers a hearing voices group which supports her to make sense of her voices and develop a sense of hope.

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Indigo Daya

Indigo Daya speaks about her voices, visions and other realities and what they mean to her.

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Living with my voices

Kevin Healey discusses how he makes sense of his voices by understanding how they can be used as a helpful tool in his life.

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Hearing voic​es: an insider's guide to auditory h​allucinations

In this TED talk, Debra Lampshire shares her experiences of living with voices and how she discovers a way to liberate herself and her voices.

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Need urgent h​elp?

Please contact your local mental health service, GP or one​ of the all-hours telephone s​upport lines listed below. If it is an emergency, please attend your local hospital or call 000​

​N​SW Mental Health Access Line 1800 011 511

Lifeline 13 11 14

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