Coffee & Psychosis

My newest Internet discovery is a podcast from the UK called Coffee & Psychosis. The podcast was created by a young man with his own lived experience of psychosis and is described on the website as: “a collection of human stories around the subject of madness. What society neatly calls ‘mental health’. Should you lend your feet, the path is lit with curiosity for what lies behind the doors labelled: Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety – and so forth. This is an attempt to unearth a deeper humanity behind the sometimes saccharine view of ‘unwell-being’. The story behind the script. The death of metaphor. This has nothing to do with coffee.” Currently there are three episodes of the podcast and it seems like it will have weekly installments (at least I hope so!) The first two episodes follow the journey of Luke Sandifer, a college student who began to hear the voice of God after a time of intense stress. Sandifer and host look at his experience in a way that is at once humorous, informative and completely genuine. The third podcast explores one women’s journey through an intensive supernatural or mystical experience. All three podcasts explore the topic of psychosis in rich and dynamic ways, bringing into the conversation opinions about how treatment can be improved, the meaning behind “symptoms” and tips for recovery. The host does an excellent job in allowing his guests to speak from their own perspectives while simultaneously drawing from his own experience. All together the podcast is not unlike a really great episode of The Mighty Boosh, (…well, if The Mighty Boosh developed a penchant for talking about mental health in really amazing and unique ways…) I highly recommended Coffee & Psychosis for anyone who has recently experienced first episode psychosis as well as clinicians working with young people. Funny, cool and insightful Coffee & Psychosis is a new and refreshing voice in youth mental health.

 

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About Marie C. Hansen

Marie C. Hansen, MA is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University Brooklyn. She is a co-founder of Hearing Voices Network New York City and chair of the ISPS-US Student and Early Career Committee. Her scholarly and research interests include integrative (CBT/psychodynamic) approaches to psychosis, peer support and postpartum psychosis.
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