Remarkable lives: Peter Bullimore in conversation with Jerome Carson

Peter Bullimore (Trainer at Hearing Voices Network, Sheffield, UK)
Jerome Carson (Clinical psychologist in independent practice, London, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Publication date: 17 August 2012



This paper seeks to offer a profile of Peter Bullimore, one of the most dynamic lived experience speakers and trainers in the mental health world.


A profile of Peter is built up through an in‐depth interview by psychologist Jerome Carson. Areas covered include: his experience of hearing voices; his work in Australia and New Zealand; stigma; recovery; inspiring individuals in mental health; his personal illness and medication; the media; and changes and challenges.


Peter tells us that hearing voices are signs of a problem not an illness, and are often linked to trauma. He feels British work on recovery is in advance of that in Australia and New Zealand. He sees a day when it will no longer be necessary to use the term schizophrenia. Instead of recovery people should be thinking of discovery.


For too long the only voices that have been heard in the mental health field have been the professional voices. Peter's is one of many new inspirational voices to have emerged from the developing service user movement.



Bullimore, P. and Carson, J. (2012), "Remarkable lives: Peter Bullimore in conversation with Jerome Carson", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 121-126.

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