The presenters will discuss the ways that people change for the better after experiencing an episode of psychosis and what may facilitate such change.
Gerald Jordan, PhD: Gerald is Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University, the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, and the Strategies for Patient-Oriented Research National Training Entity. His programme of research examines how young people transform their lives and communities following a mental health challenge, and how such transformations are shaped by citizenship-related inequities and community-based mental health services. He is currently funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategies for Patient-Oriented Research to examine how youth who experience madness, distress and extreme states define and experience citizenship.
Fiona Ng, PhD: Fiona is a mental health services researcher at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on understanding posttraumatic growth in psychosis and the development and evaluation of recovery-oriented digital interventions for people with complex mental health problems.
Robyn Thomas, MSc: Robyn is a recent graduate of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Mental Health and Society programme, where she completed her MSc research on the transformative potential of psychosis. Robyn has worked in mental health as a professional public speaker, curriculum writer, and facilitator. Her work as a filmmaker bridges compelling storytelling with mental health advocacy, and her recent award-winning film, Follow My Brain, explores a boxer’s perspective on living with psychosis and the efforts of his community to support his wellbeing. Robyn is passionate about advocating for a consensual, human rights approach to mental health care that upholds service users’ agency and insight.