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Voice Collective travels to Boston for the 9th World Hearing Voices Congress

Latest News from our manager Eve…

It’s been an exciting and inspiring couple of weeks here at Voice Collective. HVN USA, the USA’s national hearing voices network, invited me to deliver two workshops at the 9th World Hearing Voices Congress, which they hosted in Boston, MA, across the 16th – 18th August.

The theme for this year’s Congress was A Revolution of Unseen Voices, creating a platform for the voices, stories and communities that have seldom been heard within traditional psychiatry and psychology. Keynote speakers included Sangoma Traditional Healer Gogo Ekhaya Esima, who spoke passionately about trauma and spiritual growth, ‘Liberation Psychologist’ David Walker, who charted the history of the oppression of the Yakama Nation in Washington, and Mind in Camden’s Akiko Hart, who spoke of our work together supporting voice hearers in prisons, forensic secure units and Immigration Removal Centres.

We were delighted to win an Innovation award from Intervoice, the International Hearing Voices Network, for our work supporting people in detention (including young offenders), and one of the young people who we’ve worked closely with over the years at Voice Collective, the brilliant Nikki Mattocks, received a Special Mention in the Inspiring Person category. An enormous well done to Nikki for all her stellar campaigning and peer support work!

More than 70 people attended the two Voice Collective workshops – “Somewhere Where I Can Be Me”: Creating & sustaining safe spaces for children & young people who hear distressing voices, and Death By A Thousand Cuts? Rethinking self-harming by children & young people who hear voices. There was some fantastic discussion about the need for peer support initiatives in other parts of the world, and what these might look like, as well as ways of reframing and responding differently to children and young people who hear voices and self-harm.

Over the next few months I’ll be following up with colleagues and friends across the States, Canada and Denmark, supporting them to develop their services for children and young people, within community and in-patient settings. We’ll also be using our learning from the Congress to develop extra resources for the website, so watch this space!

 

 

 

New research opportunity with Voice Collective, Manchester Metropolitan University & University of Manchester

The Voice Collective team are working with two researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester to find out more about the experiences of young people hearing voices.

Earlier in the year we worked together to develop an online study exploring young people’s experiences of hearing voices – what the voices are like and how they affect young people. The study is now live, and it can be filled in by any young person under 18 no matter where they live.

The aim of the study is to learn more about what it’s like for young people to hear voices, what’s important to them and what helps. We’re aiming for the study to be used to help to improve the services that are offered to young people hearing voices, some of whom might be in distress.

If you’re under 18 and would like to take part, you can visit: www.mmu.ac.uk/hearing-voices-children.

We’re also really interested to hear from parents and carers about their experiences. To fill in the parents and carers survey, you can visit: www.mmu.ac.uk/hearing-voices-parents.

If you’re interested to find out more about the project, take a look @youngvoicestudy.

You can also find the researchers, Dr Sarah Parry and Dr Filippo Varese, here: @drSarahParry @FilippoVarese

Brookside Adolescent Unit launches its first group!

We’re super excited to announce the launch of a new peer support group – at Brookside Adolescent Unit in Ilford, London. The group’s members have named it the Brookside Voice Collective, or BVC for short.

It’s the first group for young people who hear voices that Brookside have ever run, and it’s our second group in an Adolescent Unit.

The group is open to any young people on the unit who hear voices, see visions or have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs, and it runs every Wednesday from 4.00 – 5.00pm in the group room.

The group is facilitated by unit staff, who we trained up last year, as well as members of the Voice Collective team. A huge congratulations to Danielle, Nick, Ben and Juanita for launching the group!

If you’re interested to learn more about setting up and facilitating Voice Collective groups, or if you’d like to attend one of our free training events, please speak with Eve or Shanika on info@voicecollective.co.uk.