Work & School Stories
Working adults and graduate/professional students with current or past experiences of 'psychosis' are more or less invisible in American society (and internationally).
Instead, the message that most of the public hears--and that those with lived experience and their family members all too often also come to believe--is that 'psychosis' and success are incompatible. An initial diagnosis is all too often seen as the end, rather than a twist in the path. We want to change this.
We are currently collecting narratives from adults with personal experience of psychosis (past or current) who work or study in an array of different fields, areas and professions. Specifically, we're looking for participants who--on their own terms--consider themselves to be "successful." This is not because we have any pre-determined understanding of success in mind, but because the goal of the project is to inspire young people (and others who might browse the collection). Once we have a 'critical mass' of profiles, we'll post them publicly in a searchable database and disseminate as widely as possible. Profiles will include concrete information about individual's use of accommodations (if any), experiences of disclosure and other ways in which their experiences and/or treatment have influenced and affected their career paths.
Our survey can be filled out anonymously or not: if you're willing to participate, please click here to link to the survey (all optional and open-ended questions intended to structure each profile). The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. For the project flyer, click here.
For more information, contact Nev Jones: jones.genevra[at]gmail.com