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Understanding Your Distressing Voices & Altered Realities


Sat 28 Jul 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: SkillWise, 344 Manchester St, Christchurch

Restrictions: R16

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  • General Admission: $33.75 ($30.00 + $3.75 fees)
  • Supporter Admission: $33.75 ($30.00 + $3.75 fees)
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Debra Lampshire joins us in Christchurch hosted by Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ to share her invaluable experience as a voice hearer who has had an incredible journey from patient to academic.

Watch her share her story on Attitude - and her recent Tauranga TED talk from 2017 -

Debra is a senior tutor with the Centre for Mental Health Research and Policy Development at the University of Auckland. She is also chairperson for International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) New Zealand.

At the age of 17, Debra was committed to the former Kingseat Psychiatric Hospital in Karaka, having episodes of psychosis, including hearing voices. She was in mental health care for 30 years, 18 of those in institutional care. She then began to take charge of her own recovery and has transferred her own experience to educate others.

She has co-authored scientific papers and co-edited the book Experiencing Psychosis.

Debra will use this opportunity to share the different approaches people use to deal with distressing voices. The workshop is aimed at people who have a lived experience of hearing voices or altered realities to attend along with a supporter (this can be a friend. whanau/ colleague/ worker). Debra will share some of her strategies and tools on dealing with distressing voices so that people can feel better supported and resourced to navigate through those experiences themselves. Supporters will also then gain a better understanding of how to guide and support the person they are attending with.

We also have a separate workshop for workers who would like to attend for professional development purposes during work time and this will take place on Fri 27th July.

The ticket price is per person so both the voice hearer and the supporter will require an entry ticket. If cost is a barrier please email or call Lisa on 02108408574 to discuss options.

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