Mental Health - a personal story of breakdown and recovery

Mental Health

Steve Walter, Business Disability Forum Ambassador, will be speaking at the University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica on Wednesday 16th January 2019. 

Steve will be sharing his personal story of breakdown and recovery at the University for Peace in Central America, to the ‘Brown Bag’ luncheon club. As the University is also home to the Earth Charter, he will be introducing his latest pamphlet - Gaia2020 - a long poem about the life of planet Earth.  

This long poem is both elegy and tribute, honouring the poet's parents and the earth they cared for, and invoking many voices from science, art and popular culture.

Steve has written poetry from an early age, inspired by his late father (Ted), who was once known as The Policeman Poet (featured on TV News-Nationwide). His mother, Hazel, was an accomplished water colour artist. And for the record: Steve first qualified with a degree in biochemistry and chemistry, worked as a Principal Environmental Health Officer, completed his MBA, then moved into commerce and industry, in health, safety and environmental management. Not exactly poetic tho!?

He has performed shows at the Brighton and Edinburgh Festival Fringes, with spoken word, music and song, since 2008, based on his first book: Fast Train Approaching a powerful, yet good humoured, account of life during and after breakdown and recovery, and later, drawing on other people’s stories in Voices: mental health survivors, carers, therapist, family and friends (both published by Chipmunkapublishing). His second pamphlet of poetry, When the Change Came,was published by Indigo Dreams in 2016, and his long poem, Gaia 2020, was published by Making Connections Matter in 2018. 

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12pm - 1pm


University for Peace
San Jose, Costa Rica

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