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Help us write a booklet about antipsychotic medication!

Making decisions about medication such as antipsychotics can feel confusing at times, that’s why at Voice Collective we want to write a booklet to support young people to make the decisions that are right for them.

We’re looking for young people who have experience of taking, or thinking about taking, antipsychotic medication to help us – because to create a booklet that’s useful, it’s important to hear from people who’ve been there!

If you’d like to talk to us anonymously about your experiences, or find out more, download this Call Out Flyer: Booklet on Antipsychotics – Call Out for Contributors

Or get in touch with Lucy at info@voicecollective.co.uk

Peer Support Space for Parents & Carers LAUNCHED at Voice Collective

Voice Collective has launched a Peer Support Space for Parents & Carers of Children and Young People who hear voices, see visions or have other ‘unusual’ experiences.

It’s a monthly space at Mind in Camden, London for parents and carers to talk together in a supportive environment about how it’s been supporting a child or young person who hears voices. To find out more or to register, visit our Eventbrite page.

 

New videos for parents, carers, teachers & healthcare practitioners

Voice Collective has been working in partnership with the Young Voices Study and Science Animated to produce three videos aimed at adults who are supporting a child or young person who hears voices.

The Young Voices Study is a research project at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester. The study has found that the way adults respond when a child or young person first talks about their experiences of hearing voices can have a big impact, and can make a big difference to how the child or young person feels about their voices, visions or other experiences.

Here are three videos which aim to support adults to respond in a helpful way when a child or young person tells them they’re hearing voices:

Check out the Understanding Voices website for this new video made by a young voice hearer!

The video was made by Nikki, a young person we know. It shows how it’s been for her to hear voices, some of the reactions she’s had from other people, and what her life is like now.

In the video, she tells us what it was like talking to Voice Collective, too.

The video can be found at ‘Understanding Voices‘, a new website that will make it easier for people to find information about different approaches to voice-hearing and ways of supporting those who are struggling with the voices they hear.

Click here to visit the Understanding Voices website page, and watch the video…

Fill Our Our SURVEY about Fun Activities You’d Like to Try!

Are you a young person who sees, hears or senses things around you that others don’t, or believes things others might find unusual? Are you under-19 and live in the UK?

If the answer’s yes, Voice Collective would like to hear from you!

Every year, we arrange some fun, creative activities and workshops for young people to meet each other and chat about their experiences in fresh new ways.

What we’d like to know is… what kinds of activities are you interested in trying out? To let us know, you can fill out this 5 minute survey – or fill it out with the help of a parent, carer or supportive adult if that feels easier.

The link to the Survey is here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/V6NKJWW

We’re looking forward to hearing your ideas!

‘Interesting Minds’ group in Greenwich is relaunching!

We’re delighted to announce that the “Interesting Minds” peer-support group in Greenwich is relaunching! The group is for 12-18 year olds who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual sensory experiences. The group was set up in partnership between Voice Collective and Greenwich CAMHS, but you don’t need to be using CAMHS services to join the group. To join or find out more, contact Colin, Hannah or Matt at Greenwich CAMHS on 0203 260 5211.

The group will be held every Thursday from 5 – 6.15pm at Memorial Hospital, Shooters Hill, SE18.

Download the flyer here: Interesting Minds Group Poster

Voice Collective Training Dates 2019

We’ve booked a host of new London dates for Voice Collective trainings, including our regular ‘Level 1, 2 and 3’ trainings, our 3-day Group Facilitation training, and special trainings in areas such as supporting Young Offenders, supporting young people who hear voices and Use Drugs or Alcohol, Self Harm, or experience Paranoia or Unusual Beliefs.

For more info on our training dates see the ‘Event Calendar‘ section of our website, or visit Voice Collective’s Eventbrite page for more information about course content and to register your place on our trainings.

Voice Collective’s Songwriting Workshop

Voice Collective is teaming up with Raw Sounds to offer you this two-hour songwriting workshop for under-19s, to give you the opportunity and the support to write your own song. The workshop is for young people (under-19) who hear voices, see visions, have other sensory experiences, or experience multiplicity or unusual beliefs.

Your song could express your feelings, experiences, what it’s like to be you, or anything else you want to write a song about. It is up to you what you do with your song, too – it could be a song to combat stigma and get your voice heard, a song to share with friends or family, or it could be a song that remains personal to you.

An experienced songwriter from Raw Sounds will be there to share her knowledge of songwriting and to support you to create your very own song, and the Voice Collective team will be there at all times to chat about anything that comes up in the session.
The workshop is a great opportunity to meet other young people who hear voices or have other sensory experiences, too!

The workshop will be held on Monday 18th February 2019, at Voice Collective’s base at Mind in Camden, Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Road, London NW1 9LQ. If you have any questions about the workshop, email us at info@voicecollective.co.uk

Download the Flyer for the Songwriting Workshop hereVoice Collective Songwriting Workshop Flyer

To register your place on this workshop, visit Voice Collective’s Eventbrite page for this event.

New Leaflet on ‘Taboo Voices & Visions’

We’ve written a new leaflet called ‘Taboo Voices, Visions & Other Sensations’ based on the experiences of young people we’ve talked to.

The leaflet is aimed at young people and gives an understanding of taboo voices & visions, why they happen, what they’re like to live with and some ideas of how to cope if you’re having experiences like these.

You can download the leaflet here: Taboo Voices & Visions Leaflet

The leaflet is part-funded by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Young Voices Study, BBC Children in Need and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation