Voice Collective offers online support, as well as peer support groups and face to face meetings. This is part of our service that we’ll be developing over the next year, but at the moment we can offer:
If you are a young person (under 19) who has personal experience of voices, visions or other similar sensory experiences – you’re welcome to email us for some support. We’re a small team, so we can’t offer crisis support, but what we do offer is the chance for you to share your experiences with someone who will listen and try to understand. Many of our team have personal experience of voices and visions, which make us a little different from many other support services.
Different people use our support in different ways. Some people use it to share their experiences so that they can find ways of dealing with them, others want to talk to someone to help them make some sense of what’s happening. Some people just want to speak to someone who will listen and believe them, without judging. That is the core of what we try to do.
Many of the young people who use our service aren’t linked in with other forms of support. If you’re in the London area, we’ll be able to tell you about other parts of our service you can try. We can also find out what support services are available near you (this can include CAMHS and voluntary sector options).
Sometimes people e-mail us for information, rather than support. They want some ideas for strategies, services, resources or books that they might read. We’re happy to share the knowledge we’ve built up through talking with 100s of young people who hear voices over the last 9 years.
Support for parents, friends and other supporters
If you’re supporting a young person who hears voices or has similar experiences, you’re welcome to email us too.
Online Peer Support Forum
We have set up a new online peer support forum that you can find at http://forum.voicecollective.co.uk.
This is a space for young people who hear voices, see visions or have other similar experiences to connect with each other – with the support facilitators. It gives you the chance to share a bit about your experiences, how they affect you and what is going on in your life at the moment (the good and the not-so-good). The forum is a space you can think about ways of dealing with things you find difficult, as well as checking in and sharing some of the things that are going well.
Parents, carers and other supporters are welcome too (and have their own space).
To help keep it safe, the forum is a private space that only approved members can read. So, if you want to join just head over to the forum and click ‘create an account’. Choose a pen name/alias and let us know why you want to join the forum (so we know you’re a real person) and one of our facilitators will approve your membership. As soon as you’ve been accepted into the group, you will be able to see what others have written (and post your own ideas and thoughts).
The forum offers separate spaces for young people and their parents/carers/supporters. As the forum is open to young people up to the age of 25, we have set up a young adult space that enables older younger people to share experiences that may not be so suitable for our younger members.
The forum is checked daily by members of our team, some of whom have their own experience of hearing voices.
If you want to find out more, check out our Community Guidelines here: http://forum.voicecollective.co.uk/page/community-guidelines.
Here’s a flyer we made to spread the word about our forum: Online Forum Poster (Please feel free to download it, print it or email it & share it with young people, families or colleagues who might be interested in the forum.)