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Real life stories of recovery from psychosis

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Personal experiences of having a mental health problem have been captured and published in Powerful Minds, a booklet which shares the stories of people who have experienced psychosis.

Real-life stories of recovery from psychosis

Powerful Minds leaflet South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Personal experiences of having a mental health problem have been captured and published in Powerful Minds, a booklet which shares the stories of people who have experienced psychosis. Together with the perspectives of parents and partners, the result is a collection of honest and open accounts written with the aim of helping other people who may be going through the same thing.

The project came about as a result of a comment made by a man who used the Wakefield Insight team, which is for people who are thought to be experiencing psychosis or be at risk of this developing. He said he felt that being able to read about others’ experiences of psychosis and recovery would really have helped him.

Since the booklet came out, this has been the main theme of the feedback received – that readers have been able to identify with the people in the book and see they are not alone.

It may also help families, friends, mental health staff and carers to better understand what an individual is experiencing. Psychosis can be a frightening word: Powerful Minds aims to show that it can happen to anyone and isn’t something that needs to be feared or hidden; help is available.

Powerful Minds includes details of the Wakefield Insight team and how they can be contacted, for anyone reading who feels it may be appropriate for them.

Download Powerful Minds (6.8MB) or view an interactive version below.