The story is about four blokes attending a therapy group headed by a doctor with the intention of helping them towards a normal and fulfilled life. In the group the men discuss their problems using the language of poetry while the doctor speaks in proverbs and clichés.
There is a similar scenario in the film One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest, but I personally have never attended such a group. My inspiration came from an assertiveness course I attended after recovering from a relapse while my confidence was low. The class consisted of six or seven others in similar situations and together we played out scenarios to help with dealing with aggression.
I learnt from the course there's no such thing as being under or over assertive, your either assertive or your not.
About the Author
Rickie was born in Aldershot in 1978, the son of a Grenadier Guard, he then lived in various places before putting down roots in Nottingham in 1991. He was admitted to hospital in the summer of 1999 whilst in the throws of his first psychotic episode. He spent a week in hospital following a year as a recluse on his parents sofa. Thanks to a change in medication and good friends and family Rickie managed to obtain a job as a pot washer, this brought routine and stability. Unfortunately after 6 months he experienced a relapse bringing 10 weeks off work sick and a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
He then stayed well for over 4 years whilst working various jobs and spending some spare-time working voluntarily for the NHS on the mental health befriending scheme.
In 2005 Rickie had another relapse resulting with a few weeks in hospital but was back at work within 6 weeks due to finances, but mentally was still trying to recover from the episode in 1999. Rickie uses poetry to express problems he feels he needs to articulate but it's his wife and son that keep him taking his pills and enjoying life.