Australia is now home to some of the best organized hearing voices network groups and collectives in the world. Prahran Mission's Voices Vic is one such group. Be sure and check out some of their exciting projects including:
Reblogged from: Hearing the Voice (Durham University, UK)
‘Inner Voices’: Hearing the Voice in the Guardian
Hearing the Voice is delighted to draw our readers’ attention to ‘Inner Voices’ – a series of blog posts and short articles on voice-hearing and related issues published online by the Guardian.
Written by Hearing the Voice researchers, the articles in the series explore the scientific, philosophical and literary aspects of hearing voices. Topics covered include the latest research into voice-hearing in people who do not have a psychiatric diagnosis, the neural mechanisms underlying ordinary inner speech and experiences of hearing voices, as well as the representation of voices and inner speech in literary works such as Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, Hilary Mantell’s Beyond Black and Samuel Beckett’s Ohio Impromptu, among other issues.
The series also contains the interim findings of the “Writers’ Inner Voices” project – a qualitative study of literary creativity, designed to explore the complex ways in which writers experience the voices, presence and agency of the characters and people they bring to life.
The ‘Inner Voices’ series is available in full here.
In order of publication, the Hearing the Voice posts are:
A new qualitative study on participants' experiences of hearing voices network groups was recently published in the journal Psychosis. We excerpt from the study's discussion here:
Participants were given the opportunity to highlight aspects of the group structure that they found particularly helpful or unhelpful. In contrast to the traditionally hierarchical nature of professional support, the HVN adopts a philosophy of “expert by experience”. The fact that groups were facilitated by voice-hearers was seen as particularly helpful in encouraging participants to be open about their experiences. Voice-hearer facilitators also gave participants a sense of hope for their own futures as they could see clear “living examples” of what could be achieved whilst still experiencing voices.
The full citation for the paper is: Oakland, L., & Berry, K. (2014). “Lifting the veil”: A qualitative analysis of experiences in Hearing Voices Network groups. Psychosis, (ahead-of-print), 1-11.