Recovery Stories

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.“I have heard voices for 40 years, and I’m still here” Nyfed Griffiths

Recovery booklet

Working towards recovery

Recovery stories: Cornish journeys of hope

Oryx Cohen’s recovery story

Hywel Davies: My Recovery Story

Will Hall’s recovery story

Voices of Hope and Recovery: Our Stories, Our Lives

Eleanor Longden: Knowing You, Knowing You

Ron Coleman: Bad Career Move

China Cup: The beginning of a recovery journey

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“I have heard voices for 40 years, and I’m still here” Nyfed Griffiths

This is the speech Nyfed Griffiths from the from the Carmarthenshire Hearing Voices Network in West Wales gave at the Young Peoples Hearing Voices Conference held on the 14th April 2015 at St. Peter’s Hall, Carmarthen, Wales. Go here


Recovery Booklet

Ten remarkable stories written by people who explain what Recovery means for them. Each story provides valuable evidence from which we can better understand the support needs of people with mental illness in their journeys through life. It is important to embrace such evidence in our learning, alongside more traditional research. Indeed, this method of collaborative learning epitomizes the very spirit of Recovery and allows people with mental illness the very best chances of living life to their full potential.

The Recovery Booklet Project was commissioned by: Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and The Centre for Mental Health Recovery at the University of Hertfordshire. Published by the University of Hertfordshire, 2007. Download pdf here
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.Working Towards Recovery

The second Recovery Booklet about people’s experiences through mental ill health and into employment, occupation or other personally meaningful activities.  Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and The Centre for Mental Health Recovery at the University of Hertfordshire. Published by the University of Hertfordshire, 2008. Download pdf here

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Recovery Stories: Cornish Journeys of Hope

In our society, most people would expect this to mean that you are able to fit back into your life exactly where you left it and go back to full time work. Within the context of mental health, although this sometimes happens, it is not always the case. Recovery is much broader; it is about being in control and able to lead your life in a way that you find comfortable so that you keep as healthy as possible. It can be very difficult and sometimes a lonely journey discovering what is right for you, but these stories are a testament to the courage and persistence of people who have found themselves on this path and reveal amazing diversity in the ways in which recovery has become a way of life for each and every one of them. Download pdf here.
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Hywel Davies: My Recovery Story

Transcript of the speech given by Hywel Davies at the “Recovery into Practice: A Whole Life – Whole Systems Approach”at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthen, Thursday 20th June 2013. You can read the full text here.


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Oryx Cohen’s Recovery Story

Oryx Cohen’s Recovery Story from the SCI Oral History project, National Empowerment Center, USA

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Will Hall’s Recovery Story

Will Hall’s Recovery Story from the SCI Oral History project, National Empowerment Center, USA

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Voices of Hope and Recovery: Our Stories, Our Lives

These stories – honest, gut-wrenching and triumphant – are told by people who, through darkness, have found wellness and healing, meaning and purpose. They teach us about finding love in a world that is often harsh and cruel. With courage and insight, they reveal how to reclaim mental health in a culture that often misunderstands the healing process. Our stories demonstrate the power of the human spirit to prevail. individuals share their informative, inspiring recovery stories on CD.  More information here

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Knowing You, Knowing You, DVD Eleanor Longden, Working To Recovery, 2011

In this moving account, Eleanor Longden tells her own story of recovery and discovery: her journey through the psychiatric system; from being told she would have more chance of recovering if she had cancer; to becoming an award winning psychologist working in mental health. In the DVD Eleanor talks candidly about her experience of abuse, self-harm and voice hearing.  This DVD is challenging, inspirational and full of hope for people who have these types of experiences, their families, friends and workers. More information here.

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Bad Career Move, DVD, Ron Coleman, Working To Recovery, 2011

Ron Coleman tells his life story from his early years to the present day. Ron takes the viewer on a journey full of highs and lows and ending with great hope for the future. This DVD is for professionals, Carers and service users as it leaves those who see it inspired and believing that recovery is not something that should happen for the lucky few but something that is there for all to grasp. A bad career move is a happy, sad, funny, poignant story that will make people laugh, cry, be angry but most importantly it will instill hope. More information here.

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China Cup: The beginning of a recovery journey

China Cup” depicts Louise’s life and the feelings of her loved ones during a difficult period with her mental health. The style of the film is raw and honest. See the video here

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