Extinguishing the voices: living with the ghost of the disenfranchised

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Abstract

As a user of the mental health service, Rob has first-hand experience of the marginalization that accompanies a mental health label. In seeking to validate his experience, centre and assimilate the shadow within, he has participated in teaching students within mental health programmes. Tessa in her role as an academic has sought to validate her experience of teenage pregnancy in a world that denied her experience. The chance meeting of these two people on their respective journeys highlights the voices that have not been heard and the ghosts that link them. Journeys that seek to reconcile memory and truth and entwine numinance within the narrative of mental health.

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