Introducing the Work of the Hearing Voices Network



This collection includes six articles about the work of the Hearing Voices Network:

[learn_more caption=”Introducing the Work of the Hearing Voices Network— David Denborough”] An introduction by David Denborough[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=” The Use of Humour and Other Coping Strategies— Jon Williams”] Everyone’s experience of hearing voices is different. In this paper Jon Williams describes the ways in which he has come to live with the voices he hears and how humour plays a vital part. This paper also describes a number of creative coping strategies as well as discussing the influential work of the Hearing Voices Network. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Glimpses of Peace— Sharon De Valda”] Trauma can be the main trigger or cause of voice-hearing in many people. In this paper, Sharon de Valda evocatively conveys how racism and sexism shape her experience of hearing voices and how she has in turn used her own experiences to assist other voice-hearers. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”From Paranoid Schizophrenia to Hearing Voices – and Other Class Distinctions— Mickey De Valda”] While not commonly discussed, class relations have a significant influence in relation to people’s experiences of mental health and hearing voices in particular. In this paper, Mickey de Valda describes how experiences of class shape his experience and how this has influenced his work with the Hearing Voices Network. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Partnership— Julie Downs”] In this paper, Julie Downs (Co-ordinator of the National Office of the Hearing Voices Network) discusses the importance of thoughtful partnerships between those who hear voices and those who do not. Both the hazards and possibilities of these partnerships are considered, particularly in relation to matters of power, politics and control. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Altering the Balance of Power: Working with Voices— Peter Bullimore”] Through sharing stories of therapeutic work, this paper describes how issues of abuse and power are vital considerations when working with voice-hearers. Not only is voice-hearing often the result of abuse, but voice-hearing itself can be an experience of abuse. Peter Bullimore describes how he is interested in ensuring that abusive voices are challenged and their influence reduced, and how positive voices can be acknowledged and cherished. The paper also tells stories of a recently established group for people experiencing ‘paranoia’ that is having surprising success, and identifies significant factors that influence the process of recovery. The author also shares some of his own experiences of psychosis and how these influence his work in this area. [/learn_more]