The Voices In Our Heads: Why do people talk to themselves, and when does it become a problem?

Review in The New Yorker of “The Voices Within”  written by Charles Fernyhough, a British professor of psychology at Durham University, England.

Read the full article here.

The day Prince Harry showed the world how to talk about our problems

When Bryony Gordon invited the prince to speak about mental health, she was expecting pre-checked PR speak. What she got was pure honesty.

See article in the Daily Telegraph here

Shame and hearing voices: What happens when a richer, more nuanced understanding of specific emotions is brought to bear on the analysis of distressing voices?

Hearing voices in the absence of another speaker—what psychiatry terms an auditory verbal hallucination—is often associated with a wide range of negative emotions. Mainstream clinical research addressing the emotional dimensions of voice-hearing has tended to treat these as self-evident, undifferentiated and so effectively interchangeable. But what happens when a richer, more nuanced understanding of specific emotions is brought to bear on the analysis of distressing voices?

See article here.

Call for Proposals! 9th World Hearing Voices Congress – A Revolution of Unseen Voices

Dedicated to the voices that we cannot see, to those who’ve not yet had space to be heard or discovered, and to gathering our collective strength to push back against those forces that have historically drowned us out.

Hearing Voices USA is proud to present the 9th World Hearing Voices Congress: A Revolution of Unseen Voices. The Congress will be held August 16 to August 18, 2017 at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

The Voices Congress is a time for us to come together from across the world—those who hear voices, see visions, and experience other unusual phenomenon, as well as those who wish to learn from us and those with whom we choose to ally. It is a space to connect, to gain strength, to share knowledge, and to push and stretch the boundaries of our understanding. Together, we are not alone.

As we seek to create this space—both restorative and empowering– we reach out to you to help us make it real. We are currently seeking proposals (20, 60, or 90 minutes in length) from individuals across the world. A variety of perspectives and topics are welcome, but proposals that include interactive components and/or focus directly on the experiences of voice hearing, visions, unique beliefs, and negotiating alternate realities (including how this movement might intersect with other liberation movements) will be prioritized.

We also welcome proposals for creating offerings like music. This form can be used for those, as well.

To fill out the Call for Proposals on-line, click HERE.

For a printable version of the Call for Proposals, click HERE.

Proposals are due by 5pm/17:00 Eastern Daylight Savings Time (GMT-4) on April 3, 2017

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: How the group operates, the successful outscomes and the implications for mental health services.


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.


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

Poems by Hywel Davies

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

What does the Hearing Voices Movement mean to you?

At the World Hearing Voices Congress held in Paris, France in October 2016 participants were asked to respond to the question “What does the Hearing Voices Movement mean to you” on a postcard. Some of the messages and images are included in this video slide presentation.

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


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: for up to date information, or e-mail

World Hearing Voices Day

World Hearing Voices Day: 14th September


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 (
  • 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, or join our World Hearing Voices Day Facebook Group.

Near Death Experiences

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

Lorna Byrne: The Lady Who Sees Angels


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



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.



Bob Marley – The Voice Inside

There’s a voice inside everyone – Bob Marley

“This is to the people that have a voice inside of them that talk to them, you know, that is the voice that people must listen to, because in everything you gonna do there is a wrong way and a right way, and if you listen good you will know the right way, because there is a voice inside talking to everyone, seen?”

Robert Nesta Marley











These images and text came from Recovery Network Toronto.

‘At least he doesn’t have to hear those wretched voices in his head again’: Alastair Campbell

At least he doesn’t have to hear those wretched voices in his head again’: Alastair Campbell’s pain as his schizophrenia-suffering older brother dies from respiratory collapse aged 62

Read more here

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