Tuesday 23 July 2019 7:30 - 8:30 PM
For several decades Debra listened to multiple voices all declaring themselves experts. They spoke to her of how she should live her life, what she should do, and how she should do it and what was wrong with her. They passed judgments on her appearance, her activities, her relationships. They degraded her successes and emphasised her failures. They ridiculed and patronised her, loved and hated her. No area of her life was immune from their commentary and criticism. Finally Debra asserted herself and began to reclaim her authentic self. Today she speaks of the accumulated wisdom she extracted from dialogues held with those who insisted they knew best.
Debra Lampshire has converted her 30 years lived experience of mental distress into teaching, research, and writing. An acclaimed speaker, she has been a keynote speaker at numerous international conferences. Debra facilitates Hearing Voices Groups and provides training nationally and internationally. Debra is a Professional Teaching Fellow at The University of Auckland and a Project Manager for Auckland District Health Board. Debra was the recipient of the Supreme award at the 2017 ACC attitude awards for her work in Mental Health.
Debra is a prominent figure within the service-user movement in New Zealand and internationally. She is a well know trainer, educator and advocate within Mental Health Services.
Please register for this talk so we can plan seating for the expected numbers. A $5 donation on arrival at the door is appreciated but not compulsory.