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Trust Publishes New Book

Posted on 4th February, 2013

The Trust has published a new book in collaboration with someone who has experiece of its services.  The Psychotic Voice Hearer  has been written by John Hankins and is primarily designed to give trainee psychiatrists, psychologists and other health professionals an insight into the world of someone who hears voices.  As well as detailing some of John's experiences and including some of his poetry, the book has a short chapter by Dr Charles Dixon, a Consultant Psychiatrist who has worked with John during his stays in hospital.  Charles says:  "I hope that trainee clinicians from many disciplines will find this a useful and thought-provoking book.  It gives us a very personal and honest account from the perspective of someone who has experienced delusions and hallucinations over many years.  One of the key learning points is that we look beyond labels and see people like John as a whole person, with many strengths and much to offer - and that we see their illness as merely one part of who they are."  John Hankins says: "The Psychotic Voice Hearer is my first work to be published and gives an insight from the perspective of someone who has had psychosis and includes some of my opinions on mental health and some poetry related to the subject matter, which I hope you enjoy. There will be a website up and running in the new year for mental health professionals, service users and other interested parties to order from. I am progressing well in my personal recovery and hopefully the work may inspire others on their journey. I believe the most effective path to recovery is to 'find a focus' and in writing, I have found mine."  Click here to view an electronic copy. Hard copies can be purchased from John Hankins. To get in touch with John please email dpn-tr.info@nhs.net

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