"Recovery from mental health difficulties are a reality for the many and not for the few..." ~ Dr. Ahmed Hankir
Read that quote again from Dr. Ahmed Hankir. What two words stand out? Recovery and reality. When people think of overcoming mental health difficulties, too few believe that recovery is possible. In truth, recovery is a reality.
This week's PTSD and Beyond Podcast guest is Dr. Ahmed Hankir, award-winning psychiatrist from London, UK; also known as The Wounded Healer. Dr. Hankir is a front-line psychiatrist for the National Health Service (NHS) and has lectured to over 75,000 people in 19 countries on five continents. A published author and research fellow, Dr. Hankir's recognition for his services to public engagement and education includes awards such as the 2013 Royal College of Psychiatrists Foundation Doctor of the Year and the 2018 Royal College of Psychiatrists Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year; which marks the highest level of achievement in psychiatry in the UK.
Dr. Hankir takes us on a journey as he shares his passion and his story of recovery from a debilitating episode of psychological distress from trauma and torture while in medical school. He considers himself an expert by lived experience first and psychiatrist second.
"The evidence is clear; people with lived/living experience have the power to reduce mental health related stigma and must operate at the vanguard of anti-stigma campaigns," states Dr. Hankir. People with lived/living experience of mental health conditions can recover and make meaningful and important contributions to our world.
We are all wounded healers. People need not suffer in silence and seeking help is a sign of strength! "If I can recover, you can recover," exclaims Dr. Hankir! PTSD and Beyond Podcast listeners will feel inspired, empowered, and compelled to join in Dr. Hankir's cultural revolution to erase mental health related sigma while realizing that recovery is a reality for the many and not for the few.
To learn more about Dr. Ahmed Hankir, connect with him at:
Subscribe to Dr. Hankir's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4wC-2VXii8XEx-O1hqxN5A
Other resources referenced in this PTSD and Beyond Podcast with Dr. Ahmed Hankir include:
Dr. Adam Hill
Dr. Patrick Corrigan
Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft
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