Here I Am – the sequel to May-May Meijer's book Inner Voices – is a compelling account of her episodes of depression following her first compulsory hospital admission. The diagnosis of schizophrenia, her divorce, and the little time she is able to spend with her young son combine to inflict deep wounds. Her struggle with medication results in her once again refusing to take it – to the despair of her family. The Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service make a re-appearance in her life and a second compulsory admission follows.
In Here I Am, May-May gives a fascinating and frank insight into the world of an individual in psychological crisis. She also focuses attention on the spiritual side of psychoses, her encounter with God, and His love for everything that lives. Her deepest hope is that Here I Am can make a contribution towards world peace: a world in which all children can play.]
May-May Meijer (1972) gained her PhD in Communication Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. She is the founder of the peace organisation Peace SOS. Peace SOS facilitates the use of so-called 'soft powers' in countries whose existence is threatened by armed conflicts. Additionally, May-May has published academic texts about her psychological vulnerability in Schizophrenia Bulletin of Oxford University Press and on PsychoseNet.
'People have the intuition to consult sources located outside accessible conscious experience. Not everyone can intuit in this fashion, but it is evidently part of the human repertoire.'
Jim van Os
Professor of Psychiatry and chairman of the Division of Neuroscience,
University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht)
'May-May has the courage to show her vulnerability by telling us about her psychiatric process and her encounter with Christ. There are very few people who dare to do this, she is a kind of apostle.'
Father of the Roman Catholic Parish of St. Vitus and St. Willibrord in Hilversum
'You are a candle and light for the world' Shams Alkhateeb, mother of Noor and Alaa, talking to May-May during the bombardments of Eastern Ghouta in Syria.
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About the Author
May-May Meijer (1972) studied communication science at the University of Amsterdam, completing a Ph.D. dissertation in communication science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. During her doctoral research she was chair of the national Ph.D. council. After her graduation May-May worked as assistant professor for the working group on Philanthropy at the Vrije Universiteit. She has been an advisor of an endowment of micro-credits for more than ten years.
May-May founded the peace organization Peace SOS in 2016. As chair of Peace SOS, May-May publishes articles promoting peace through peaceful solutions in well-known Dutch national newspapers. She has also published several articles in the academic journal Schizophrenia Bulletin of Oxford University Press about her experiences with psychosis and depression. She also published blogs together with professor Jim van Os about her meeting and contact with God for the Dutch website PsychoseNet. May-May is mother of an fourteen-year-old son.