This week I talk to my friend Allen Higginbottom, lived experience of paranoid schizophrenia, about psychiatric and sociological interpretations of mysticism and spirituality. Together we begin a preliminary exploration into the vast unmapped world of unshared experience. I talk to Allen about staying grounded and using music to manage mental health. We also cover some of his top tips for managing mental illness and any advice he would give to younger people who might be struggling with schizophrenia.
Allen is currently working as a disability/mental health support worker. He has a Certificate 4 in Community Service, a Certificate 4 in Bowen Therapy and a Diploma of Mental Health. Allen is a talented singer songwriter and enjoys writing and recording original material. Allen was recently featured in our documentary about creativity and mental illness (link below.)
Check out our "Exploring creativity and schizophrenia mini-documentary" here.