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December 22nd 2015:How Tammy and Sherri Create Hope for People Living with Schizophrenia

Tammy Lambert is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and is coping with delusional symptoms and mood instability. Sherri Matsumoto, who now lives with schizophrenia, was first diagnosed with mental illness as a teenager, but her first diagnosis was not schizophrenia. They highlight their own experiences of living with schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia. They talk about their work creating hope for people living with schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia. They discuss the challenges faced by people and their families living with schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia, and th

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Tammy Lambert

Tammy Lambert has completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology at the University of Manitoba. She is working as a Mental Health Proctor for Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She co-facilitates two groups at Manitoba Schizophrenia Society: H.O.P.E.S. group for young people experiencing psychosis and “Focusing on You” to help provide people with healthy living skills and positive self-image. She is 33 years old, presently diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, and coping with delusional symptoms and mood instability. She was first diagnosed with a mental illness at the age of 15. Despite her difficulties, she feels that she is on the road to recovery. She is turning her
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Sherri Matsumoto

Sherri Matsumoto lives with Schizophrenia. Diagnosed with mental illness as a teenager, her first diagnosis was not schizophrenia. Her last hospitalization was about five years ago. In 1994, she participated in a program for paraprofessional mental health workers. The program’s participants all lived with diagnosed mental illness. Her jobsite for the training was the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society. After graduation she became the Winnipeg Outreach Worker for the Society. She now helps the Society with facilitating and sharing her story in voice hearers’ workshops. She helps facilitate a peer support group that runs weekly at the Society. She helps co-facilitate ‘Name that Feeling’, a program
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