Jessica Pons

Jessica began working with people diagnosed with ‘psychosis’ in 2006 and is now Hearing Voices project manager at Mind in Camden, developing peer support groups in forensic services, immigration removal centres, young people’s mental health services and the community for people who hear voices, have other sensory experiences or alternative realities. These take a radical yet simple view that people are the expert of their own experience, accepting many different explanations for altered states e.g. trauma, telepathy, biomedical, drug use, systemic etc. Jess is also a qualified integrative psychotherapist practicing within a critical mental health feminist/sociopolitical framework. Jess has family members diagnosed with psychosis, plus is reflective of her own experiences in the liminal spaces of psychosis. She has personal and political interest in institutional racism within psychology/psychiatry, and is a producer for ISPS UK film ‘Dismantling the Master’s House’.