14.2 C
Byron Shire
May 14, 2021

Sharing voices and the lived experience of schizophrenia

Latest News

A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...

Other News

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As...

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news late this afternoon (April 20) that a 370kg tuna ...

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

The impact of schizophrenia on both the person with the illness and their family is explored through the personal experiences of Meg Heggen in her latest book Sharing Voices. Meg’s 43 year old son has been ‘burdened by schizophrenia/schizo-affective disorder and major depression’, she says.

As a self-publising local author Ms Heggen has written numerous books including Geoffrey Hannah: Never a less Likely Bloke, a memoir of the master cratftsman responsible for the exquisite Hannah Cabinet now on display in the Lismore Art Gallery.

‘My latest book Sharing Voices: The Lived Experience of Schizophrenia however, is my most personal, and considerably precious, literary work; following, as it does, the life of my elder son and how his illness -– schizophrenia – impacts greatly on his life and the lives of family members,’ she said.

‘As the title may suggest his words feature throughout the book as we share the telling of the experience of such an extraordinary illness on our day-to-day lives.’

Sharing Voices is being launched in Lismore on Thursday 21 March (6pm) at the Lismore Library Meeting Room (ground floor) where you will also have the opportunity to engage with author Meg Heggen.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

MAYDAY – MAYDAY – One hundred years ago today

One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

Development of the Belongil Spit

Jo Faith, Newtown I was gobsmacked when I read that the ‘Greens’ mayor’s parting gift was to aid privatisation of land at the Belongil Spit. Indeed, it...

Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential