Have you ever had the experience of feeling like you are in the presence of somebody, even when no-one was there? Or had the feeling that someone was close by, who you couldn’t see, hear or touch?read more
Earlier in the year we put out a call for participants to help us with a new study on listening to unusual sounds. For the study we have been touring the country to talk with voice-hearers who do not have a psychiatric diagnosis or haven’t ever needed to access psychiatric care …read more
An exhibition on voice-hearing is going to take place at the Palace Green Library, Durham University, UK from 5 November 2016 – 26 February 2017. The exhibition is being produced by Hearing the Voice in collaboration with the Library services, and overseen by a steering group that includes representatives from Hearing Voices Networks.
I have been commissioned to co-curate the part of the exhibition entitled ‘Communities and Collectives – the story of people’s movement’.
Hearing the voice is currently producing a major exhibition on voice-hearing – Hearing Voices: Suffering, inspiration and the everyday – that will be installed in the Palace Green Library in Durham from November 2016 to February 2017. We are now delighted to invite young people who hear voices or see visions from Newcastle, Durham, Leeds, Bradford and surrounding areas to work with our creative facilitator, Mary Robson, and Rachel Waddingham (Behind the Label) to produce an artwork that challenges the stigma associated with voice-hearing and that will be on show in the exhibition space.read more
Inspired by the young people who took part in the Wellcome Collection Youth Programme in connection with This is a Voice, Voice Collective is launching a new monthly ‘anti-stigma’ action group called ‘Break The Silence’ on Saturday 11 June from 1.00 – 3.00pm.read more
In June we will be finishing our study of voice-hearing in people without need for care (sometimes known as non-clinical voice-hearers). The study involves listening to different kinds of sounds while lying in the scanner, and sessions are taking place at the Birkbeck-UCL Centre for Neuroimaging (BUCNI) at 26 Bedford Way, London (WC1H 0AP). For the study we are still on the lookout for ‘control’ participants to match to our voice hearers.read more
Hosted by the French Hearing Voices Network, the 8th World Hearing Voices Congress will take place on 20-21 October 2016 at Maison des associations de solidaritè, 10-18 rue des Terres au Curè, 75013 Paris. The organisers are currently seeking highly interactive workshops for inclusion in the congress conceived by or with voice-hearers.read more
One thing that has become clear in our work at Hearing the Voice is that there is large variability in how people experience voices. One important aspect that voices differ on is the extent to which they cause distress to the person hearing them; while some people report pleasant, benevolent, or neutral voices, others have abusive and upsetting voices. Options for support and treatment for those with distressing voices range from psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or voice dialoguing, to approaches based in biology such as anti-psychotic medication or neurostimulation. There are varying levels of evidence for each of these therapeutic approaches, and it is likely that different individuals will find different approaches helpful to them. There has been some controversy recently, however, around the evidence of how one of these techniques, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), affects the brain – or, to be more precise, whether it even affects the brain at all.read more
A core group of North East mad study forum members have been working on a Mad Studies community course which we will deliver July-August this year at Waddington Street in Durham City Centre. We have 10 places on our course, beginning weekly on Monday 4th July to Monday 8th August (inclusive).read more
Reviewer needed: ‘The Voices Within: The History and Science of How we Talk to Ourselves’ by Charles Fernyhough
Fresh off the press is The Voices Within: The History and Science of how we Talk to Ourselves by Charles Fernyhough (Profile Books, 2016). We have two review copies available for contrasting perspectives, specifically for a voice hearer and either an academic researcher or mental health professional. If you would like to review The Voices Within (no more than 1,000 words in length), then please consult our reviewer’s guidelines and email our reviews editor with a short explanation of why you are well placed to review the book.read more