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280 million people hear voices that others don’t. Every one of them has a story. This is Rachel’s:


"Hearing voices is not a sign of illness - it’s a sign of our ability to survive"

Rachel was diagnosed with schizophrenia back in 1998, overwhelmed with voices and distressing beliefs. Peer support helped her make sense of her experiences and recognise that they were reactions to the trauma and difficulties she had experienced in her life. Once she found ways of dealing with these voices she no longer viewed them as symptoms. Just like her self harm scars, she viewed them as symbols of her survival.

She says:

"I had so many horrible feelings and memories locked up inside me, but on the surface I looked OK. I felt like I was wearing a mask, or that I was a monster in a girl suit. The voices and self harm expressed all of those feelings that I had hidden away so deeply I barely remembered where I’d put them. It was scary, but they waved a giant flag and forced me to look at how I was feeling and - importantly - why. Without these voices and visions I may never have gotten the chance to heal from my past traumas and reclaim my life from those that hurt me".

For more info on voices and visions, see:

www.voicecollective.co.uk - Voice Collective

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There can be so much pressure to be ‘perfect’ or ‘the best’ at what we do. How about just being who we are, using what we have and enjoying the song (even the notes which others think are off key). Perfection can be dull … it’s our differences that make life interesting.

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It takes time to find a way of living with, and recovering from, distressing experiences - but each step we take is amazing.

It takes time to find a way of living with, and recovering from, distressing experiences - but each step we take is amazing.

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Today, September 14th, is World Hearing Voices Day - a day where we try to raise awareness of the experience of voice-hearing. These quotes were contributed by people with personal experience of hearing voices and finding a way of dealing with them.

Please share these quotes with friends, family and across the internet. Check out www.intervoiceonline.org.uk and sign up to the ‘One of a Million’ campaign. Over 280 million people in the world hear voices. Each one has a story. Lets start listening to them.

Thanks :)

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If over 280 million people hear voices, why don’t we talk about it more. Help us raise awareness about voice-hearing on World Hearing Voices Day.
What can you do? Have a conversation with someone about voice-hearing, check out the Intervoice website (www.intervoiceonline.org), share WHVD logos through social media or check out one of our events.See http://bit.ly/1e5OkVY for more info.

If over 280 million people hear voices, why don’t we talk about it more. Help us raise awareness about voice-hearing on World Hearing Voices Day.

What can you do? Have a conversation with someone about voice-hearing, check out the Intervoice website (www.intervoiceonline.org), share WHVD logos through social media or check out one of our events.

See http://bit.ly/1e5OkVY for more info.

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I also met an amazing psychiatrist, who absolutely didn’t subscribe to the idea of me as ‘schizophrenic’ – or any other label for that matter. “Don’t tell me what other people have told you about yourself,” he would say, “Tell me about you.” Along with his nursing colleagues, he was incredibly proactive, pragmatic, creative, and empathic. Their approach was all about active coping rather than passive adjustment. Crucially, they also helped me get in touch with the UK Hearing Voices Network, which was an absolute revelation.

For the first time, I had an opportunity to try and see my voices as meaningful – messages and metaphors about emotional problems in my life – and in turn begin to relate to them more peacefully and productively. I began to understand the voices (as well as my other experiences, like self-injury, anxiety, and paranoid beliefs) in a more compassionate way. Not as symptoms, rather as adaptations and survival strategies: sane reactions to insane circumstances. The voices took the place of overwhelming pain and gave words to it – memories of sexual trauma and abuse, rage, shame, loss, guilt and low self-worth. Probably the most important insight was when I realised that the most menacing, aggressive voices actually represented the parts of me that had been hurt the most – and as such, it was these voices that needed to be shown the greatest compassion and care. Which of course ultimately represented learning to show compassion, love, and acceptance towards myself.

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- Eleanor Longden, speaking to Jon Ronson in the Guardian.
Source: theguardian.com
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Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or questioning your gender or sexuality? Do you hear voices or see or experience things others don’t? If so you’re not alone!

This leaflet has been put together in partnership with a young person with experiences like yours.

For more info, see: www.voicecollective.co.uk or email info@voicecollective.co.uk

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3spaceblackfriars:

For the last few weeks, our Blackfriars Hub has hosted Mind in Camden’s Voice Collective project, a series of creative workshops young people and their parents/carers can access support and information. 

"Around 8% of children and young people hear voices or see things that other people don’t. It’s much more common than many people think. Voice Collective is a Mind in Camden project that works in partnership with youth services across Greater London to help ensure that these children, young people and families get the best support possible."

You can find out more about this project on the Mind in Camden website or the dedicated Voice Collective site. We’re looking forward to hosting the group again in the future!

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"Voices Matter" - this video captures experiences from the 2012 World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff. Hear from people who have found ways of dealing with their voices :)

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This is so true. There are so many critical voices in the world (inside and out) that it’s important to be our own friend first.

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