Listening to Voices

The next meeting of the Joint Special Interest Group in Psychosis (JSIGP), featuring a presentation by Dr Debbie Maxwell (University of York) and Elaine Weir (Time and Space, Glasgow) on ‘Listen (if you dare): Voice-Hearing and Subversive Disruption’ will be held on Wednesday 25th May 2016 from 5.30 – 7PM in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University (30 on this map).

Abstract: Listening to Voices: Creative Disruptions with the Hearing Voices Network brought together voice-hearing networks, independent artists and academics to collaborate, co-design and co-produce a companion booklet Listen (If You Dare): An Unlikely Companion to Voice-Hearing, a sound artwork and interactive website that documents voice-hearing experiences. These works, original, radical and disrupted in their form, are challenging – intended to raise awareness, empathy and understanding about the nature of voice-hearing experiences among support providers, families, friends and the wider public. They create space not only for voice-hearers, but for the voices they hear to be made visible and audible. In so doing, these works seek to subvert and disrupt traditional ways of thinking about voice-hearing experiences and the silencing strategies that stop us from listening.

Listening to Voices challenges existing practices in artistic approaches to mental health and wellbeing by showing that the value of art-making and creative practice can be disruptive as well as therapeutic; that the arts can challenge and provoke, as well as document and soothe. It sought to break down traditional boundaries between practice-led or practice-based research and other forms of investigation.

In this talk, Debbie and Elaine will present the companion and elaborate on the process of collaborative engagement – of what happens when academics, voice-hearers and designers come together to speak about their experience and listen to others.

All welcome. If you would like to attend this event, please register using our online form.

About the Joint Special Interest Group in Psychosis

The Durham University and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis (JSIGP) was set up in 2011 with the aim of fostering dialogue between mental health professionals, service users, academic researchers and students. It is open to anyone, but meetings will be of particular interest to those staff working in ‘psychosis services’ or who are involved in research within the field. A warm welcome is also extended to any service users who would like to attend. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of topics and speakers.

Service users and their families and friends who attend meetings of the Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis can receive an honorarium of £20 plus travelling expenses. For more information and to obtain the relevant claim forms, please contact Mark.

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