As well as the peer support groups and one-to-one support we offer, we have a lot of helpful resources:
Download our booklets for anyone supporting children and young people:
NEW OCTOBER 2021: Student Resources:
‘Ways into Poetry’ Creative Writing
We recently had a workshop with Bryony Littlefair in March 2022 where some young people produced some amazing pieces of poetry, see below:
Voice Collective and Winston’s Wish
We have two new information resource about hearing voices, grief and bereavement – one for young people and the other for parents, carers, professionals and supporters – take a look below:
In September 2021, a group of young people who hear voices (aged 16–25) joined artist Liv Wynter and Hearing the Voice, for a series of online workshops where they made zines exploring how hearing voices intersects with other aspects of their identity.
Click through the interactive bookshelf below to explore the results. We recommend viewing in full screen mode for the best experience.
The work was supported by a prize awarded to Hearing the Voice by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to explore diverse forms of story-telling.
Voice Collective Memes!
In November 2021 Voice Collective collaborated with Rachel Rowan Olive on a meme making workshop. Young People shared their favourite memes and we even created a few of our own. Rachel designed this amazing piece to summarise some of the key ideas.
Here is the padlet where we put together all our memes. Please feel free to add any of your own! Please read the guidelines at the top of the page in terms of what is acceptable to share.
Voice Collective Webinars and Talks
Young Voices Study Science Animated
Voice Collective worked 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 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.
Home | Understanding Voices a place where you can find information about different approaches to voice-hearing and ways of supporting those who are struggling with the voices that they hear. They have some information translated into a variety of different languages here: Translations | Understanding Voices
Get Connected offer webchat between 7pm and 10pm every night. They also offer an email service (although it can take up to 24 hours to get a reply). Email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Site runs a busy online discussion board that has a sections devoted to health and wellbeing
Youth 2 Youth run an online chatroom for young people (aged 11-19), supported by young people. The chatroom is open during their helpline hours (6.30 – 9.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays).
Charities and voluntary sector counselling & advice services – There are lots of youth services across the country who offer free counselling, support and advice to young people in distress. To find a service in your area, check out Youth Access’s directory www.youthaccess.org.uk/directory/
http://www.winstonswish.org if you are a young person who has experienced a bereavement of a parent or significant adult and maybe your voices or visions are related to this in some way then you can reach out to this charity for support.
Hearing Voices and stigma
Stigma surrounding voice-hearing can be massive. These postcards are aimed at all young people, whether or not they hear voices. We hope that they’ll help challenge some of the assumptions people make about young people who hear voices:
Download & Share: VC Card – Stigma
Download & Share: VC Card – Inspire
Download & Share: VC Card – Famous People
Books and Videos
Young People Hearing Voices: What you need to know and what you can do
Dr Sandra Escher and Prof. Marius Romme
ISBN 978 1 906254 57 5
“Children Hearing Voices is a unique, innovative book providing support and practical solutions for the experience of hearing voices. It is in two parts, one part for voice-hearing children, the other part for parents and adult carers. Sandra Escher and Marius Romme have over twenty-five years experience of working with voice-hearers, pioneering the theory and practice of accepting and working with the meaning in voices”.
This book features two chapters written by Rachel Waddingham from Voice Collective.
Living with Voices: 50 Stories of Recovery
Prof Marius Romme, Dr Sandra Escher, Jacqui Dillon, Dr Dirk Corstens & Mervyn Morris
ISBN 978 1 906254 22 3
“This book demonstrates that it is entirely possible to overcome problems with hearing voices and to take back control of one’s life. It shows a path to recovery by addressing the main problems voice hearers describe – the threats, the feelings of powerlessness, the anxiety of being mad – and helps them to find their way back to their emotions and spirituality and to realising their dreams. This book also holds true for those who have been given a diagnosis of schizophrenia”.
Eleanor Longden struggled with voices when she was 17. After years of being in hospital, she found a way of dealing with her experiences. In this video she speaks at ‘TED’ about her journey to recovery. Her talk was so popular she got a standing ovation from the audience (which included Bill Gates, Ben Affleck and Cameron Diaz!).
Hearing Voices Network Western Australia – You Hear, We Listen
This is a short advert from HVN WA that is intended to reach out to others who hear voices. How amazing would it be if we created one of these for young people who hear voices? What would you want it to say?
Compassion for Voices: a tale of courage and hope
This animation shares the experiences of a young man who hears voices and introduces an approach where he is supported to be gentle and compassionate with himself and his voices. It features a voice-over from Eleanor Longden and Rufus May (psychologists who have their own experience of voices or unusual experiences)
Voices Matter – World Hearing Voices Congress
This is a documentary made at the 2012 World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff. It includes Rachel – our previous project manager – as well as Marius Romme, Sandra Escher and a whole host of people from around the world.
Rai Waddingham – Getting to know your voices
This video, created by Rai Waddingham – our previous project manager – shares some of the creative ways she has found to make sense of her voice-hearing experiences. She talks about how she used to find it very difficult to think about, or be curious about, her experiences and how she began to find ways of expressing and communicating them.
Rufus May: Do-In Massage
Rufus – a UK psychologist with lived experience of mental distress and being diagnosed with ‘schizophrenia’ in his teens – shares a simple strategy to help ground yourself.