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I never wanted to just sit around smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee

Andrew Voyce (Creative Bexhill CIC, Bexhill, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 28 June 2022

Issue publication date: 26 September 2022




Essay asks questions about people with schizophrenia and recovery.


The essay is written in an autoethnographic style.


The purpose of this paper is to portray the actual outcome for a person with schizophrenia, in the context of recovery and the achievement of independence.

Research limitations/implications

Statistics are from review of various sources and are compared with autoethnographic data. The implications are to confirm social exclusion for the cohort of people with schizophrenia.

Practical implications

Practical implications include the recognition of the unusual destinations for those with schizophrenia.

Social implications

Independence is a desirable and much espoused social outcome and yet so few people with schizophrenia are empowered in this way, meaning that they fail to share a social dialogue with many of their fellow citizens.


This essay details a struggle to live up to social norms which are hindered because of a life with schizophrenia.



Voyce, A. (2022), "I never wanted to just sit around smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 26 No. 4, pp. 401-405.



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