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Hearing Voices Cymru
Phone: +44 **** ******  HQ Phone
Hearing Voices Network Cymru
Quay Street
Haverfordwest , Pembrokeshire SA61 1BG
United Kingdom

Company Description: We offer information, support and understanding to people who hear voices, see visions, have other extraordinary experiences and those who support them. See our...   more

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Rufus May
Marcello Macario (left) with Rufus May
Rufus May
Rufus May is from England. He is a psychologist and is known for his positive therapeutic approach to psychosis and voice-hearing. He uses his own experiences of being a psychiatric patient to promote alternative recovery approaches for those experiencing psychotic symptoms.
He works as a clinical psychologist in the NHS in Bradford , England. He also does some independent training and consultancy.
His interest in recovery from psychosis and other difficulties is rooted in his own experiences of psychosis when he was 18 and his subsequent recovery journey. He is committed to helping to create alternative understandings to medical labelling and the heavy handed use of psychiatric drugs, which is the dominant approach today. Rufus says his work is part of a wider emancipatory movement in mental health that includes the hearing voices movement, community development approaches and other self help and holistic health movements.
After formally qualifying as a clinical psychologist, he then disclosed that he had been previously detained in hosptial with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
Rufus uses techniques developed in conjunction with other members of the hearing voices network which include talking to people's voices.
Sandi has received training from Ron Coleman, Rufus May, Dirk Corstens, Jacqui Dillon, Peter Bullimore and John Watkins.
Rufus May - New paper I have written on unusual beliefs, 30 June 2008 [cached]
May, R. (2004). Making Sense of Psychotic Experience and Working Towards Recovery.
May, R. (2007) Reclaiming Mad Experience: Establishing Unusual Beliefs Groups and Evolving Minds Public Meetings. In P. Lehmann (Ed) Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry.
Schizophrenia psychologist launches coming off psychiatric drugs website [cached]
May was given the schizophrenia diagnosis when, aged 18, he lived in a "day-dream fantasy world" and thought he was a spy. Rufus May said his psychiatrist told him he would have to take neuroleptic medication for the rest of his life.
But May - against medical advice - later successfully withdrew from all his medication. He went on to qualify as a clinical psychologist and, aged 38, has since become a key voice promoting a non-medical recovery approach to mental health.
May, who refutes the validity of the schizophrenia diagnosis, fears psychiatry often confuses the withdrawal effects of medication with symptoms of an underlying mental illness.
He has now helped set up, a website providing information on different psychiatric medications, including neuroleptics, antidepressants, Lithium and benzodiazepines.
Speaking to, May said: "The website is about trying to give people safe and succinct advice.
May, who experienced compulsory treatment when in a London psychiatric hospital, came off his antipsychotics without professional help and managed to see through the surges of mania and restlessness which accompanied his withdrawal.
He used his friends, and those he met at community centres and churches, to rediscover his social skills and confidence.
After a number of casual jobs, May embarked on a psychology degree and went on to train as a clinical psychologist at the University of East London. He now works with Bradford District Care Trust's assertive outreach team,
June 6, 2005: Our acute problem - To alleviate the culture of violence on inpatient psychiatric wards exposed by a Healthcare Commission audit, psychologists should have more of a role in care, argues Rufus May. There should also be more service user "consultants" helping manage wards and training of staff. But above all, says May, we need more non-medical residential alternatives to hospital care. Mental health comment Feb 7, 2005: Compassion not compulsion - psychiatric treatment by force amounts to state-sponsored violence, says Rufus May. Sept 23, 2000: Going undercover - When Rufus May was a teenager he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and told he would have to take medication for the rest of his life.
The same as Rufus May, I was told that I would be on medication for the rest of my life.
I believe Dr May is an inspiration.
Mental Health Council of Tasmania - About Us | Official Website | | |, 15 July 2012 [cached]
Rufus May - Clinical Psychologist, Bradford District Care Trust's assertive outreach team and Honorary Research Fellow University of Bradford.
Rufus May on Rethinking ..., 1 May 2007 [cached]
Rufus May on Rethinking 'sanity' outside the diagnostic frame
Rufus May works as a clinical psychologist in adult mental health for Bradford District Care Trust.He is an honorary research fellow at The Centre for Citizenship and Community Mental Health, Bradford University.
May, R., Hartley, J. & Knight, T. (2003).Making the personal political.The Psychologist, 16, 182,183. Repper, J. & Perkins, R. (2003).Social inclusion and recovery: A model for mental health practice.London: Bailliere Tindall. Romme, M. & Escher, S. (1993).Accepting voices.London: Mind. Rose, D. (2001).Users' voices: The perspectives of mental health service users on community and hospital care.London: Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. Scileppi, J., Teed, E.L. & Torres, R.D. (2000).Community psychology: A common sense approach to mental health.Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Wallcraft, J., Read, J. & Sweeney, A. (2003).On our own terms: Users and survivors of mental health services working together for support and change.London: Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.
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