News

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.