Equinox Nine Lives, John’s story:
“I was born in Nigeria, approximately 1956. My Mum died when I was very young. My father was in Great Britain during the Biafran War. So I was left in a village with only my granddad, who did not speak a word of English and didn’t know much about education. I had to learn how to cook, get the firewood, bring the water from the well. Yeah, I grew up very quickly.
“It all began approximately 1972. I divided. I became aware of mental health approximately 1978 when I got to know that there is something called schizophrenia. Although schizophrenia is not my enemy. I was about 16 to 18 years old when I began. Although I did not panic when I divided.
“If I can visualise tomorrow, which I am trying to do, if I put my life on a scale, tomorrow is better than yesterday.
“I’ve just learned how to laugh not long ago. I used to be so handsome, I looked miserable. But I’m able to smile and laugh now. I laugh because my mind is a lot better than what it used to be.”
- Read the full story about the Equinox Nine Lives campaign in 2014
More stories from Equinox Lewisham in 2014:
- Henry’s video about his life experiences and achievements, including mental ill health and recovery.
- Jamie’s catering job through the Equinox Lewisham permitted earnings scheme
- David’s experience with the Equinox Lewisham Independent Living Scheme
- John’s work with the Lewisham Council tender evaluation panel
- Black History Month celebrations at Equinox Lewisham
- Goldsmiths & Liverpool University research with reading groups at Equinox Lewisham