‘Their voices made them do it? Media stereotypes, violence and voice-hearing,’ Palace Green Library Café, 14 December 2016, from 5 – 7pm.


‘Their voices made them do it? Media stereotypes, violence and voice-hearing’
Palace Green Library Café
14 December 2016, 5 – 7pm

When someone who hears voices commits a violent crime, it is often reported in the media as if the fact they heard voices is sufficient explanation. Is this true, or is there much more to the story?

In this event, we will explore the way in which responsibility, safety and control is understood and experienced when someone hears voices urging them to harm themselves or others. We are joined by:

By examining the role of the media in reporting on mental health and violent crime, we will unpick media stereotypes and question the link between violent voices and violent acts.

There will be plenty of space for discussion and interaction as we explore this issue in a safe and respectful environment. All are welcome to attend this free event, but places are limited and can be reserved through Eventbrite.

This event will be preceded by a free guided tour of the exhibition from 3:30 – 4:30pm, led by members of the Hearing the Voice research team and students at the ARCH Recovery College in Durham. It will be followed by the UK premiere of Jonathan Balazs’s documentary They Heard Voices at Durham’s Empty Shop from 8pm.

  1. Hi, unfortunately I missed the meeting today 14th December, as I was unaware it was on. I did attend the previous meeting and assumed I was on a mailing list and would have received an email and not sure if I did receive an email or not? I don’t suppose this could be looked into and have myself put on the mailing list, if there is one?

    My email is: sirluke@hotmail.com

    I did manage to attend the UK Premiere of Jonathan Balazs’ documentary film ‘They Heard Voices, at the Empty Shop Durham, at 8pm tonight. I was invited by a friend who had also attended the last meeting though they were also unaware of todays meeting and had found out about the film showing by searching on the Hearing The Voice website. The film was really good and would like to purchase a copy if at all possible?

    Thanks for your help.
    Regards, Stephen.