What I do
The description of Peter on the National Paranoia website details parts of his current work which provides an insight into his life today. The text reads: "Peter is a voice hearer who spent ten years as a psychiatric patient enduring many bouts of severe paranoia. Through learning holistic approaches and with support from the Hearing Voices Network he was able to reclaim his life from the system. He facilitates a hearing voices and paranoia support group in Sheffield. He also runs his own training and consultancy agency, Asylum Associates, and is the founder member of the Paranoia Network. He delivers teaching on hearing voices and paranoia internationally. He also teaches on the COPE initiative at Manchester University and currently undertakes a research post at the university looking at collaborative working between voluntary sector organisations and the university, he is also undertaking research into what recovery means from a service user's perspective. He co-authored the workbook Asking the Questions with Paul Hammersley and John Read, a guidebook around childhood trauma"....
I work in a clinical way with people that have mental health difficulties and I also do a lot of training with mental health professionals, carers and support workers. I do a lot of travelling up and down the country. I also travel abroad a fair amount and I do a lot of work in Australia.
One of my main passions however, is running the Hearing Voices Group on a Monday morning in Sheffield. Unfortunately I am not there as often now as I am always busy on the teaching side.
I tend to work seven days a week. If I stop I go flat. I need to keep my mind active. I need to keep it buzzing and on the ball. If I stop the voices get intrusive. The work ethic is about wanting to achieve change and there are personal benefits too. Its about keeping myself on an even level with the voices.