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Remarkable lives – Ella Vadasz in conversation with Robert Hurst

Ella Vadasz (School of Psychology, at the University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)
Robert Hurst (Associate Lecturer in Psychology, at the University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 16 December 2022

Issue publication date: 11 January 2023




The purpose of this paper is to share Ella Vadasz’s story.


Ella wrote a biography of her experiences, including two poems. Robert then asked a series of questions from the perspective of a mental health academic.


Ella shared stories from her life and how her experiences have shaped her. She talked about the emotional impact of a custody battle.

Research limitations/implications

Recovery narratives such as this give us an overview of only a single person’s experiences. However, they allow the person with lived experiences to explore their story in depth.

Practical implications

What Ella has written is very emotional. Her story will give readers an insight into her life and experiences.

Social implications

There is so much to learn from stories such as Ella’s, in particular from her critique of social services in Scotland and England.


To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first time that Ella has chosen to share her unique story. This paper features two poems written by her – a first for Remarkable Lives. The value of Ella sharing her story is apparent upon reading it.



The authors would like to say a special thank you to Prof Jerome Carson, who has been a highly influential lecturer for me at university. I always come away from his lectures with an open mind. He gets me thinking about things that I have not thought of before in such depth. Jerome says things that I can relate to, therefore his words stick with me. What a pleasure it is to be one of his students.


Vadasz, E. and Hurst, R. (2023), "Remarkable lives – Ella Vadasz in conversation with Robert Hurst", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 93-99.



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