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“What we are trying to do is to create a new reality in which voices and visions are commonplace.” Hywel Davies

Hearing Voices Network Cymru offers support and understanding to people who hear voices, see visions, have other extraordinary experiences and those who care for and support them

Mae Rhwydwaith Clywed Lleisiau Cymru yn cynnig cefnogaeth a dealltwriaeth i unigolion sy’n clywed lleisiau ac i’r rhai sydd yn eu cefnogi


Os ydych chi’n clywed lleisiau, gallwn ni helpu

Bydd llawer o bobl yn dechrau clywed lleisiau o ganlyniad i straen aruthrol neu ysgytiad. Rydym yn cynnig hysbysrwydd, cefnogaeth a dealltwriaeth i’r rhai sy’n clywed lleisiau ac i’r rhai sydd yn eu cefnogi. Gweler ein hamcanion yma.

Mae Rhwydwaith Clywed Lleisiau Cymru yn aelod o INTERVOICE (rhagor o wybodaeth am INTERVOICE yma) y mudiad rhyngwladol sy’n cynrychioli rhwydweithiau clywed lleisiau mewn 35 o wledydd ledled y byd.


If you hear voices, see visions and have other extraordinary experiences, we can help

We offer information, support and understanding to people who hear voices, see visions, have other extraordinary experiences and those who support them. See our aims here


Click here for more details of how to submit a proposal.

Mental Health Awareness and the Farming Community

Hearing Voices Cymru in association with Farmer’s Friend, the West Wales Weekly Farmers Journal has published a special 16 page Mental Health Awareness issue.

The mental health awareness issue covers dealing with stress, suicide, mental health stigma, mindfulness and  mental wellbeing. It also provides information about local helplines and services.

HVN Cymru is based in Pembrokeshire, a predominantly rural area and we are very aware of the challenges facing the farming community.  We wanted to lend our support in highlighting their needs and concerns.

Further articles on the subject also sponsored by HVN Cymru can be found below.

Mental illness in the global farming industry More than one farmer a week in the UK dies by suicide, but this is part of a wider, worrying trend. Farmers across the world take their lives at such alarming rates.
How to spot and treat mental illness 20% of farmers will suffer from depression, long working hours are often spent alone, with entire days spent without human contact. Social isolation allows depression and negative thoughts to fester.
Mental illness in British farming According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), more than one agricultural worker a week in the UK dies by suicide.


Interview with Marius Romme and Sandra Escher

Interview Marius Romme & Sandra Escher (English & Dutch Subtitles). This is the most recent interview with the two pioneers of the Hearing Voices Movement, it took place shortly before the 10th World Hearing Voices Congress. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of the hearing voices approach.

Mind Pembrokeshire Appeal

As someone who has been helped by Mind Pembrokeshire and who has helped Mind Pembrokeshire since 1987, I respectfully ask you to consider donating what you can afford to help Mind Pembrokeshire.

Mind Pembrokeshire is an excellent charity that has saved a considerable number of lives in the past thirty one years.  This pioneering charity has helped more than 6000 people in 2017. Its headquarters are open 365 days a year.

The charity is hoping to raise funds to purchase a new headquarters in Haverfordwest in South West Wales. They need to raise £200,000. Please donate what you can enable the charity to find a permanent home.

Pembrokeshire is one of the most beautiful parts the world, both externally and internally. Let’s help Mind Pembrokeshire keep it that way.

Hywel Davies, Chairman, Hearing Voices Network Cymru and founder member of Mind Pembrokeshire 

More information about the appeal here

Resilience

There are or times or situations in our lives that are more difficult than others. The capacity to stay mentally well during those times is what we call ‘resilience’. Resilience is not simply a person’s ability to ‘bounce back’, but our capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing. In this NEW section we have included articles that can be found on this website about ways we can build and maintain our resilience in our everyday lives. To read the articles in this section go here.

Visions, Voices, Mystics and Muses: Parts One, Two, Three, Four and Five

Visions, Voices, Mystics and Muses: Parts One, Two, Three, Four and FiveIvan Barry

Part One

In Part One Ivan talks about the life and contribution to humanity of voice hearers Socrates, Alexander The Great, Moses and Hildegard von Bingen


Part Two

In Part Two Ivan talks about the life and contribution to humanity of voice hearers Joan of Arc, William Blake and the pianist and distinguished composer Robert Schumann.


Part Three

In Part Three Ivan talks about the life and contribution to humanity of voice hearers Carl Gustav Jung, Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney and Sir Anthony Hopkins.


Part Four

In Part Four, entitled “Flames, Flashes and Voices in the Sky” Ivan considers the experience of voice hearing in the Old and New Testaments. Characters in this talk include Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jesus, Saul and Ananias.


Part Five

In Part Five, Ivan considers the importance of revelations, prophecy and hearing the voice of God in the Bible. It includes references to Jacob, Ezekiel, Zachariah and John of Pathmos.


Visions, Voices, Mystics and Muses is a series of talks by Ivan Barry which aims to raise awareness and reduce stigma relating to the experience of hearing voices and seeing visions.

For many people, having unusual experiences like this seems to indicate pathology and illness rather than creativity and possibility. Yet many aspects of our current world realities are underpinned and contributed to by individuals who have reported remarkable experiences and have obtained connection and access to higher knowledge and learning. Gifts that they have gone on to share with us.

Ivan Barry worked for over twenty years in hospital and community settings in the UK, first as a nurse in Coventry, England, then becoming a patient advocate he helped to set up and run support groups for those hearing critical and challenging voices in Coventry, England, Madison, Wisconsin, USA and Edinburgh, Scotland. These groups helped to create safe spaces for individuals to share and discuss their experiences as well as looking at ways to try and cope better and share these helpful and empowering ideas.

Ivan began to research historical examples of voices and visions and quickly realised that our very world today was to some extent formed and contributed to by remarkable people who have had these unusual experiences. His talk on “Vision, Voices, Mystics and Muses” is a light-hearted look at this and we will see how Art, Sciences, Music, Medicine, Religion, Politics and Literature have evolved in part through the insights and experiences that these individuals have undergone.

This is a talk Ivan often gives to voice hearers and it has often helped to raise their self-esteem enormously. The purpose of these talks is to raise awareness of the commonality of voice hearing in the general population, to reduce stigma and misunderstanding and to share ideas on coping with difficult experiences.

In this talk, he explores some of the unusual experiences of historical figures that have created the world we have inherited and live in today. From religion, art and the sciences to music, philosophy and literature, voice hearers and visionaries have played a prominent role in our collective human journey! You can visit Ivan’s website here.

Hearing Voices, Demonic and Divine: Scientific and Theological Perspectives

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This new publication by Christopher Cook considers biblical, historical, and scientific accounts of spiritual and mystical experiences of voice hearing in the Christian tradition in order to explore how some voices may be understood theologically as revelatory. It is proposed that in the incarnation, Christian faith finds both an understanding of what it is to be fully human (a theological anthropology), and God’s perfect self-disclosure (revelation). Within such an understanding, revelatory voices represent a key point of interpersonal encounter between human beings and God.

Psychosis and Spirituality : Consolidating The New Paradigm

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Madness, Mystery and the Survival of God

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Please click on the links above for more information about these important books by Isobel Clarke.

Her work spans two areas: psychosis and spirituality, and clinical psychology. Both seek to bring spirituality into centre stage, founding it in cognitive and other research and theory, and regarding it as a central part of what it means to be human.

For more information about hearing voices, mental health and spirituality please go here.


 

 

 

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