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Lecture Theatre 2.57, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

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A spiritual journey in the darkness: enlightenment of lived experiences in mental illness

a public lecture by Rick Rossiter

It can take just one moment, one experience or even one person to change a person’s turbulent journey of having a mental health disorder. Too often we look for answers and solutions dealing with our lives through external sources, too often when dealing with mental health that “Magic Pill” or “Miracle Therapy” has our lives on hold waiting for answers to come. Too often we bypass what is internal, the greatest asset that can be explored, changed, enhanced or even restored… our human spirit.
The word Spirituality brings with it a multitude of meanings, understandings and assumptions or even misconceptions and ridicule when referring it to one’s self and/or beliefs. From Religious to mysticism, enlightenment and spiritualty can only be measured and defined by your own thoughts, experiences and actions or inactions.
My journey explores how the human spirit is at times fragile beyond belief, even breakable in the worst of times. I will also explore the resilience and strength that spirituality can bring about and of the tread of life that ties us, the people throughout our lives and our environment together in our spiritual journey.

Rick Rossiter
Rick is a mental health services user. Through his lived experience of mental health difficulties, Rick is now an advocate for mental health, a Consultant on e-health Ireland, a Spokesperson for See Change, Refocus, AWARE, and the Mental Health Reform. Rick is an Ambassador for the organisation Aware and moderates online content for Aware. He is an Ambassador for See Change advocating for education to end mental health stigma, resources and funding in mental health through various media platforms. Rick has contributed to First Fortnight (Centre for Creative therapies which provides an art psychotherapy service to adults with experiences of homelessness or at risk of homelessness) in writing reviews on shows and taking part on discussion panels on mental health issues in addition to volunteering. He is a Committee Member for the Refocus Group aligned to the College of Psychiatrists Ireland which is a recovery experience forum of carers, service users and psychiatrists to develop new approaches in Psychiatric Training for Doctors. He is an avid writer and Blogger.

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