“When we talk about hope and mental health, what that kind of means is that you’re OK with your past, you’re satisfied with what you’re doing right now day to day, and you’re optimistic about the future.” — Tim Connors
OC87 Recovery Diaries and Philadelphia public television station WHYY teamed up with groups from four area mental health providers to create original short films that detail journeys of recovery and transformation.
We are thrilled to present the first of the four projects, Hearing Voices, directed and edited by Tim Connors, Berta Britz, and Robert D. Martin.
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Next up is the OC87 Recovery Diaries behind the scenes interview with Tim Connors, one of the creators of the above video.
Berta Britz and Robert D. Martin work for Creating Increased Connections, an organization that is staffed primarily by people with the lived experience of mental health and co-occurring challenges. Creating Increased Connections uses the lived experience to enhance the delivery of recovery oriented and trauma informed mental health services.
“It is my personal story, but it is in no way a one of a kind or unique. A lot of people have gone through this.” — Tim Connors
Creating Increased Connections invited Tim Connors from the Montgomery County Hearing Voices peer support groups to share his experience with hearing voices. In his film, Tim shares his recovery and he and his friends talk about how they have learned to create a healthy relationship with these voices. Through the support of family and groups Tim leads a happier and healthier life.
“People can hear voices and recovery isn’t making the voices go away permanently. It’s really learning to live and change that relationship with the voices into something that’s a lot more positive and less intrusive in terms of interruptions to life.” — Tim Connors
Hearing Voices Credits
Berta Britz Organizer and coordination
Tim Connors Overall editing of video
Rob Martin Filming, and Finding Images
Berta Britz Montgomery County Hearing Voices Coordinator, RHD / Creating Increased Connections
Tim Connors Certified Peer Specialist, Magellan of PA
Mara Fala Certified Peer Specialist, Penn Foundation
Jim Klausen Certified Peer Specialist, Mental Health Assoc. of Southeastern PA
Joe Rhodes Certified Peer Specialist, RHD/Creating Increased Connections
Mark Stephenson Manager of Construction, HUB Design Build
Eric Ayres Certified Peer Specialist, Eagleville
Lynne Stephenson President, HUB Design Build
“Voices,” by Mary Maddock
Academic Mall State University of NY, Stony Brook Campus
Conference Room Montgomery County Human Services Center
Meeting Room RHD/Creating Increased Connections
Office Lobby Magellan of PA, Montgomery County Office
Personal Residences Tim Connors, Mark & Lynne Stephenson
Intervoice, International Community for Hearing Voices Website
Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network, Montgomery County Pennsylvania Website
Living With Voices, Prof Marius Romme, Sandra Escher, et al.
Working with Voices II, Ron Coleman, workbook
From Victim to Victor
Special Thanks to
Resources for Human Development, Creating Increased Connections
Magellan of PA
Montgomery County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
OC87 Recovery Diaries
SUNY Stony Brook Disabled Student Services
WHYY – Community Media Resource Center