Survivors of psychosis


ISPS and its membership officially welcomed the involvement of survivors with the election of the first service user / survivor onto the Executive Committee (EC) in 2012. Two of the eight members of the current EC are survivors and ISPS is continually working towards expanding the participation of survivors in the work of the society. The International Conference of ISPS in New York in 2015 included presentations and workshops led by survivors and a very popular survivor/nurse joint presentation from colleagues in Norway. The 20th International Conference of the ISPS aims to expand the involvement of service users, survivors and nurses in the ISPS further information

Further information for survivors and about recovery from psychosis can be found on our Learning Tools pages.

Suggested reading from the members of the ISPS survivors e-mail group
Psychosis as a Personal Crisis by Marius Romme and Sandra Escher
The Seduction of Madness by Edward Podvoll
Rethinking Madness by Paris Williams
Anatomy of an Academic by Robert Whitaker
Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry by Peter Stastny and Peter Lehmann

Useful links

European Network Users survivors Psychiatry

World Network Users Survivors Psychiatry 


Hearing Voices Network UK

Mad in America

Hope for recovery article

Information about CBT for psychosis

Schizophrenia Commission Report (UK)

The Icarus Project

What is Intentional Peer Support (IPS)

What Recovery Means to Us


Service users / survivors group

Are you a survivor of psychosis? ISPS International maintains an e-mail discussion group for ISPS members who are service users / survivors of psychosis. The members of the group support each other, discuss and debate issues relevant to their experiences, and liaise with the ISPS Executive Committee. If you are interested in joining this group please e-mail for further information.

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ISPS Journal


The ISPS Journal Psychosis accepts personal and institutional subscriptions. All Individual Members of ISPS and members of regional ISPS groups receive quarterly issues of the journal as a membership benefit.

The ISPS Journal has recently been accepted by Web of Science