Knowledge is power and, whilst reading or watching information about voice-hearing doesn’t always help straight away, it can give you the tools and knowledge you need to find a way through.
On this page we have collected a few of the articles, videos and books that are available on voices and visions (and related issues). These are resources that we are often asked for when young people or parents email us.
Everyone is unique, so it’s OK if one or more of these resources don’t apply to you. If you think we’re missing something, do get in touch so we can add to the list. Just email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!).
A Little Insight – An animation from the young people of Voice Collective
This short animation was created by 5 young people who have used Voice Collective during a series of workshops, with the help of Chocolate Films. We asked them to create an animation that we could use to raise awareness in schools – sharing what it was like to hear voices and what they want other young people to know.
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.
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”.