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February 2017 edition of the Hearing Voices Network Cymru Newsletter

See the February 2017 edition of the Hearing Voices Network Cymru Newsletter  here.

2017 is the 30th anniversary of the hearing voices movement. The movement has achieved much in its 30 year history and thanks to the hearing voices approach, hundreds possibly thousands of people tormented by voices in Wales and the world are recovering in a positive and emancipatory manner. Read more about our work in our newsletter. You can sign up for your copy on the home page.

Researcher Acknowledges His Mistakes in Understanding Schizophrenia

In a new article, published in Schizophrenia Bulletin, psychiatrist Sir Robin Murray reflects on the history of ‘schizophrenia’ research and mistakes made. Murray, a professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience in London, states that he ignored social factors that contribute to ‘schizophrenia’ for too long. He also reports that he neglected the negative effects antipsychotic medication has on the brain. Murray states:

“Amazingly, such is the power of the Kraepelinian model that some psychiatrists still refuse to accept the evidence, and cling to the nihilistic view that there exists an intrinsically progressive schizophrenic process, a view greatly to the detriment of their patients.”

Read the full article at Mad in America here

Milford Haven Meeting

 

Hywel Davies and John Stacey, IMHCN members support a group for people who hear voices in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales. In this article they describe how the group operates, the successful outscomes and the implications for mental health services.

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Milford Haven Group viewing the film “Healing Voices”

As a group of friends we set up a hearing voices group initially facilitated by John Stacey “IMHCN” and Hywel Davies “Hearing Voices Cymru”.

What started off as a group of voice hearers getting together rapidly evolved into a group of people that hear voices, have visions or have other experiences that others may find difficult to accept or understand. As one of the group stated recently “Its not like any other group we are just individuals that meet to give support and encouragement to one another”.

The meetings have no formal structure and are founded on acceptance, learning, recovery and discovery. The emphasis of the group is not to challenge or change individuals beliefs or understanding of their experiences. Though these may change over time. The main focus is to assist one another to create a different relationship and response to our experiences. Enabling us to be comfortable with whom we are and take back control of our lives.

Having unrestricted access to John allowing members to contact him if they have feelings of concern is recognised as a reassuring asset to the members. This support has reduced the need for some of the group from contacting emergency services. Over the past two years this has not been abused and as one person stated “its reassuring just know I have somebody who understands to call”.

In this social and trusting environment people state that they are not inhibited in their disclosures to one another. During our conversations individuals feel able to explore the appropriateness of their diagnosis also the effectiveness and dose of their medication. We feel it is important to discuss how to involve their mental health workers and psychiatrists in these conversations.

The group is now exploring how it can develop, provide and extend what we are doing to enable more opportunities, encompassing their whole lives.

The success of the group raises questions about how mental health services are often failing to provide time and space for people and to develop reciprocal trusting relationships and support.

John Stacey and Hywel Davies

Near Death Experiences

Go here to view to two newly added video presentations by Becki Hawkins and Laurin Bellg about near death experiences.

New Poetry

Hywel Davies has added two new poems to our Poetry Page. See the new poems here.

Hearing Voices Exhibition Durham, 5th November 2016

Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration, and the everyday
5 November 2016 – 26 February 2017 , 10:00 to 17:00

DENNYSON STODDART AND DURHAM UNIVERSITY GALLERIES

Hearing a voice in the absence of any speaker is one of the most unusual, complex, and mysterious aspects of human experience. Typically treated, and popularly regarded, as a symptom of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, voice-hearing is increasingly recognized as an important part of many people’s lives and experience, as well as a phenomenon that has had profound significance, not only for individuals, but across societies, cultures, and history.

From the revelatory and inspirational voices of medieval mystics to those of imaginary friends in childhood, and from the inner voices of writers as they craft their stories to those we hear as we read them, the exhibition will explore the complexity and diversity of the experience and interpretation of voice-hearing.

The exhibition will explore voice-hearing from personal, scientific, historical, literary and theological perspectives, and investigate different facets of the experience of hearing voices through original artworks, artefacts and narratives from the medieval to modern periods. It will also be accompanied by a linked programme of public events that will include creative workshops, public lectures, panel discussions and events for young people.

More information here

8th World Hearing Voices Congress

The 8th World Hearing Voices Congress

The 8th World Hearing Voices Congress is hosted by REV France, the French Hearing Voices Network

Making History, Owning Our Stories

19 – 22nd October 2016, Paris, France

Programme

Wednesday 19 October – Intervoice Day & Evening Public Event (plenary conference)
Thursday 20 & Friday 21 October – The World Hearing Voices Congress, made exclusively of workshops
Saturday 22nd October – Public Forum
A detailed programme will be available at the end of June.

See: www.paris2016.revfrance.org for up to date information, or e-mail paris2016@revfrance.org

World Hearing Voices Day

World Hearing Voices Day: 14th September

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Message From INTERVOICE

2016 has been a difficult year so far, with many violent actions fuelled by intolerance, hatred and fear. We stand alongside those who have been victimised, hurt, abused, neglected or left feeling like they don’t belong in our society. Without minimising the impact of such events and actions, we have also seen many examples of sharing, connection, hope and courage. We have heard about new groups, new networks and people who are doing their best to create a world where people who hear voices (or have any other form of difference) are accepted and valued for who they are.

Paper LightbulbsWorld Hearing Voices Day celebrates hearing voices as part of the diversity of human experience, increasing awareness of the fact that you can hear voices and be healthy. It challenges the negative attitudes towards people who hear voices and the incorrect assumption that hearing voices, in itself, is a sign of illness.

Inspired by Louise Pembroke, a voice hearer and psychiatric survivor from England, we have celebrated World Hearing Voices Day since 2006. Without core funding, World Hearing Voices Day relies on the creativity, energy and passion of our members. Thankfully, our membership is overflowing with ideas and we have witnessed an impressive array of events and activities across the world. These events have included celebrations, social media campaigns, poetry/music events, conferences, marches, stalls and gatherings.

How are you celebrating World Hearing Voices Day?

For our 2016 World Hearing Voices Day, we want to hear about what you are doing in your part of the world to celebrate the diversity of human experience, to encourage people to talk about voices and visions, and to challenged prejudice and discrimination.

Celebrate with us by:

  • Hosting, or going to, an event (tell us what you’re planning and we’ll promote it)
  • Using the day to talk about ‘hearing voices’. Share some of Intervoice’s essential facts and promote some discussion with friends, colleagues and relatives.
  • Using social media to raise awareness (for example, by tweeting about voices and visions with the hashtag #WorldHearingVoicesDay)
  • Download, and use, our World Hearing Voices Day logos on your website or social media (http://bit.ly/YIcG2o)
  • Take part in Psycope’s one minute silence as a mark of respect to those for whom silence can be hard to find (12pm)
  • Everything you do to help us raise awareness of hearing voices is appreciated – if we all do one small thing we can collectively make a big difference!

Each year, we list all of the events on this website. If you’re planning an event, or want to tell us about something you’ve done to celebrate World Hearing Voices Day, contact us at info@intervoiceonline.org, or join our World Hearing Voices Day Facebook Group.

Lorna Byrne: The Lady Who Sees Angels

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Lorna Byrne is an Irish author and peace ambassador. She is best known for her bestselling memoir, Angels in My Hair: A Message of Hope from the Angels and Love from Heaven

Lorna has been seeing Angels since she was a child, but she only started telling the world about the Angels since 2008.

See the videos about her life and work entitled The Lady Who Sees Angels and Angels in America in our Spirituality Section here.

Gandhi – the hearing of the Voice

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Mahatma Gandhi on hearing the Voice, preceded by great struggle within him, then it came to offer him clear direction of “right path”. His commitment to non-violence enabled him to show the way a huge nation walk to emancipation and independence .

See Recovery Network Toronto where this image originated from.