The Recovery Position
Peter Bullimore has a story which might both send a chill down your spine and inspire you.
In 1991 he was a family man and successful businessman handling turnovers of £1m. By 1992 he was an overweight, self-confessed down-and-out psychiatric patient. For the next eight years he became a revolving door patient. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, he said he was once threatened with life in a secure unit.
But Bullimore found a path to recovery. It was not via a new wave neuroleptic, but a basic – albeit painful – re-appraisal of his life initiated by contact with those he met through the Hearing Voices Network, perhaps the most influential self-help organisation for people diagnosed with psychosis.
Bullimore’s no longer a schizophrenic. He’s a voice-hearer, dedicating his time working for three organisations. He is chair of Sheffield’s Hearing Voices Network, business manager for Asylum, a magazine for democratic psychiatry, and co-founder of the Sheffield-based Paranoia Network, a self-help organisation for people experiencing extreme paranoia, aka delusions.