A highlight of the conference for me was being among others who are interested in compassionate approaches.

Lyn: A highlight of the conference for me was being among others who are interested in compassionate approaches. I am all too often reminded of the lack of compassion I often felt when using services and how wonderful it is to know that people like Paul Gilbert, Charlie and so many other clinicians and peers are deeply interested in compassionate approaches. The conference theme struck me on a personal level too, and I was reminded of the fact that learning to allow compassion in was lifesaving for me; historically, I have been my own worst enemy with my inner critic being amplified via a voice I called ‘the annihilator’, which says it all I guess. When I finally invented my ‘compassionate interpreter’, it has changed my life and kick-started my recovery, and so listening to all the different presentations at the conference did my heart good for sure. This is the message I would love to see get out there as I strongly believe more as self-compassion is key.

The other part of the conference which was great was the in-between session chats I had with people I know, those I am getting to know, some folk I had heard of or seen in emails, as well as new people too. Another layer which was very special for me was getting to spend time with my colleagues on the board. We meet and do the work or managing ISPS via Skype and email over the years and so getting together in person not only deepened our connection, the flow on effect of it is good for ISPS Australia too. I have nothing but appreciation to our fellow ISPS Au Board Directors for their contribution to us making this fabulous conference come to fruition and also the stewardship of our chair Dr Melissa Connell who led this process.

Lyn Mahboub
Lived Experience Board Member Perspective

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