A Richmond Wellbeing program that is part of the global Hearing Voices Movement. HVNWA is a resource for people living in Western Australia who hear voices and experience other unusual perceptions, offering a place for the voice-hearing community to access relevant information, training, and hearing voices support groups.
A website devoted to linking voice hearers across Australia and tracking the progress of the Australian Hearing Voices Establishment Project (AVHEP), an initiative investigating the possibility of establishing a national Hearing Voices Organization in Australia.
A specialist psychological treatment and research clinic in Melbourne for people who hear voices or have similar experiences
A charity in the UK that supports the International Hearing Voices Movement by connecting people, sharing ideas, distributing information, highlighting innovative initiatives, encouraging high quality respectful research and promoting its values across the world.
A national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness. Type “voices” into the search bar to access a number of self-help resources, information and personal stories.
An organization run by people who have recovered from major mental illness. Their mission is to change the mental health system so that it truly supports recovery. Their website provides lots of FREE info! You can also order stuff from their online store, including the useful booklet Coping with Voices: Self help strategies for people who hear voices that are distressing, by Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D., illustrated By Carolyn Affa
A website to support and promote compassionate approaches to voices and other experiences.
Is a translational research institute that aims to reduce the incidence of mental illness and the stigma around it, to actively reduce suicide rates and empower everyone to live the most mentally healthy lives possible
An informative animation about hearing voices.
An amazing TED Talk by Eleanor Longden about the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health. She says that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.
A useful demonstration of what it might be like to experience auditory hallucinations.
Once a patient himself, psychologist Rufus May tells about his work using Mindfulness, a Buddhist meditation practice, to help his clients accept and transform the ‘voices’ they hear.
A documentary about the global Hearing Voices Movement, filmed at the 2012 World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff, Wales.
An up close and personal documentary about how some people cope with hearing voices.
A really cool video about the main character of the video game Hellblade who hears voices. The creators actually talked to experts about what hearing voices is like!
An entertaining video of common faux pas that people make when talking to voice hearers.
A sweet little animation created by young people to bust the stigma of voice hearing.
The voices people with schizophrenia hear can be disturbing, whether they are in their head or from the world around them. So, when a Times Square billboard was donated to Hearing Voices of Support a flash mob made sure positive voices drew attention to it.
Excerpts from a hearing voices workshop by Ron Coleman on recovery.
A film about the compassionate approach to relating with voices, with potential for use as a therapeutic, educational, and de-stigmatising tool. This project is a Cultural Institute at King’s project led by Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland, Department of Psychology at King’s, in collaboration with Kate Anderson, independent animation director. It is part of the Cultural Institute at King’s Collaborative Innovation Scheme for Early Career Researchers.
This film won the Cultural Institute Prize
A short video about Mind in Camden’s Hearing Voices Groups in Prisons project. Facilitators and staff share their experiences and explain how the groups help people in London’s prisons. Features artwork and quotes from people in prison, themselves.
A little infographic on voice-hearing, with possible evolutionary, cultural and spiritual explanations.
Like Minds Ep.10 from BBC Stories. A heart warming interview that follows a young woman with paranoid schizophrenia and her brother, who cares for her.
Eleanor Longden gave an inspiring TED talk in 2013 about her journey of hearing voices. In this article she answers common questions about voice hearing with her signature honesty and humour.
A helpful leaflet for parents and carers to help you to develop a new and more empowering way of thinking about your child’s experiences, and to help you in finding ways to assist your child in their emotional development and recovery from hearing overwhelming voices.
An interesting article on children who hear voices – helping to move away from stigma and fear and towards hope and understanding.
An insightful article about the uniqueness of different children’s experiences of hearing voices.
Lynne Malcolm interviews child psychologist, Dr Seetha Subbiah, about her book Did You Hear That? This can be listened to via downloading the audio beneath the title or clicking on the link to read the transcript. A colourful and engaging children’s book that, written by a psychologist who believes that once children understand the reason for these voices they can manage them and live happier lives.
A thought-provoking article challenging the stigma of “madness” around hearing voices, offering the insight of someone who’s perspective shifted from ‘people who hear voices are psychologically very unwell’ to ‘this is an experience many healthy people have, and is not always absolute and distressing’.
A motivational blog by Julie Bell, challenging the idea that schizophrenia is a life sentence.
An interesting article about the growing movement of voice hearers that argue that hearing voices shouldn’t necessarily be treated with medication.
Interesting research showing how powerful the interpretation of voices can be!
A thought-provoking article that shows how our culture shapes whether we see hallucinations as good or bad.
An artist with schizophrenia captures what it is like to experience hallucinations in her art.
Feel like checking out a movie about hearing voices or seeing visions? Have a scroll through this extensive list of movies for inspiration.
Check out these facts to brush up on what you know about voice hearing.
Did you know that many famous people hear voices too?
An interesting read which challenges the first-line assumption that many people have- ‘hearing voices = schizophrenia’. The article discusses the results of an open-ended online questionnaire about auditory hallucinations, including the findings which challenged the researchers’ own assumptions!
An article which discusses how to go about speaking with someone who is experiencing hearing voices. A clinical psychologist and a woman who regularly experiences voice hearing were consulted for their opinions and perspectives.
An interesting article on mid-life psychosis and voice hearing in women- emphasising the significant impact hormones can have on our mental health.
An interesting blog from American academic Elyn Saks talking about her experiences surviving and thriving with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia. From diagnosis, to friends, to her love life!
A notable study which revealed that psychologically healthy individuals can experience induced hallucinations too.
What’s it like to live with a destructive voice inside your head? Triple J Hack’s Tom Tiley speaks to some girls dealing with exactly that every day. Languge warning!
Dr Rufus May is a clinical psychologist who suffers from schizophrenia. Here he speaks to Triple J Hack’s Tom Tiley about changing approaches to treating people who hear voices inside their heads.
What can advances in neuroscience and psychology reveal about the age-old phenomenon of hearing voices? And how might digital avatars help patients answer back?
An interview with Charles Fernyhough about the connection between thought, inner speech, and the voice in our heads.
Exploring the power of cultivating compassion in those who hear voices, and in their therapists.
Charles Fernyhough explores what he has learned in over a decade of study on auditory hallucinations.
A useful book for both clients and clinicians on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for voices. Also available as an EBook
This practical guide outlines the latest advances in understanding and treating psychotic symptoms and disorders, articulating step-by-step the clinical skills and knowledge required to effectively treat this patient population.
Royal Society Prize shortlisted psychologist Charles Fernyhough draws on extensive original research and a wealth of cultural touch points to reveal the workings of our inner voices, and how those voices link to creativity and development. Picked as a top neuroscience book of 2016 by Forbes and a science book of the year by the Observer and ABC. Also available as an EBook.
This book is a groundbreaking development in modern mental health because it recognises the importance of the first hand experience and argues that hearing voices is not a sign of madness but a reaction to serious problems in life.
Also available as an EBook
The experience of ‘hearing voices’ was once associated with prophetic communications. Today, the experience is typically portrayed as an unambiguous harbinger of madness caused by a broken brain, an unbalanced mind, biology gone wild. An alternative idea, forged mainly by people who hear voices themselves, argues that hearing voices is an understandable response to traumatic life-events. Simon McCarthy Jones addresses the urgent need to overcome the tensions between these two ways of understanding ‘voice hearing’.
Also available as an EBook
This book contains a wealth of information of great practical value to people who hear voices as well as to those who wish to broaden their understanding of this fascinating phenomenon.
This book travels from voice-hearing in the ancient world through to contemporary experience, examining how power, politics, gender, medicine and religion have shaped the meaning of hearing voices.
Also available as an EBook
This book offers a step by step guide to self-improvement of paranoia, based on methods of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. A great book for both clients and for clinicians. Also available as an EBook
Richard Bentall, a research psychologist pulls together a great deal of evidence to shatter the medical model myths about madness and to demonstrate that the so-called mysterious, symptoms of the mentally ill are actually extensions of what many of us experience every day. Also available as an EBook
Metro: 1300 555 788 Peel: 1800 676 822
For anyone involved in a mental health emergency in the community, from Two Rocks in the North to Peel and Waroona in the South. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
13 11 14
A national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
1300 659 467
Provides free phone and video counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone affected by suicide
1800 522 002
A specialist after hours’ mental health telephone service for people in rural communities of Western Australia.
1300 224 636
Provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
13 52 47
24/7 crisis support line for adults, youth, and non-English speaking callers and callers with hearing or speech impairments
1300 789 978
Support for Australian men, anywhere, anytime
1800 022 222
General health information and advice
1800 650 890
Provides early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing
1800 551 800 (5 to 25 year olds) or 1800 654 432 (parents)
Provide help for young Australian’s to express themselves, build confidence and live safely. Kids can chat with our qualified counsellors FREE 24/7.
1300 224 636
beyondblue’s dedicated site for youth (12-25 years old). Information, resources and support for young people dealing with depression and/or anxiety
Metro: 08 9442 5000 Country: 1800 198 024
A confidential, non-judgmental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use.
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