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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.

 

Compassionate Mental Health

 

Finding Space and Sanctuary is the fifth Compassionate Mental Health gathering, and the first to be held outside of Wales. As with  previous events, they are bringing together a wide cross section of people with a shared interest to bring about transformation in the way we live and work with mental health crises and distress.

Once again they’ve gathering influential speakers who are passionate about changing the script around mental health, challenging stigma and raising expectations.

At this three day three want to challenge the myth of mental illness as a disease for life, and call for a more compassionate, trauma informed approach to mental distress. Ultimately they hope to work with others to inspire a new more wholesome psychiatry, with safe, healing mental health services that people want to use when they are in crisis.

Hearing Voices Cymru is a sponsor for this event.

For more information and booking details go here

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

Congress Report

2018 World Hearing Voices Congress, The Hague, Netherlands: Living with Voices: A Human Right!

The congress took place over four days and combined personal testimonies, presentations, workshops, dialogues, symposiums and a social event to celebrate World Hearing Voices Day. The final day that was mainly in Dutch, translated into English, aimed at raising awareness around hearing voices and human rights for a general audience.

The whole experience was an opportunity to learn with and from each other about hearing voices, recovery, emancipation and human rights. 
The audience were treated to many thought-provoking keynotes, including those from Caroline Mazel-Carlton, Indigo Daya and Danius Puras, the UN special rapporteur on the right to health.  
Workshops and symposia also explored issues such as race and mental health; voices, visions and borderline personality disorder; and how the Hearing Voices Network can be made more accessible for people with disabilities. 
The meeting also adopted a Manifesto entitled The Human Rights of Voice Hearers Manifesto 2018 with the goal of raising attention and recognition for the human rights violations that voice hearers have endured: To make clear what the rights of voice hearers are and to formulate concrete goals to realize a worldwide respect for the human rights of voice hearers and to prevent injustice. 
Next years World Congress will be held in Toronto, Canada.

Health and Care awards: Support Staff of the year sponsored by Hearing Voices Cymru

HOPE, healing, resilience and community – these are the focus of Hearing Voices Cymru. As an organisation we support people who hear voices in Wales and we are now sponsoring the Western Telegraph’s Health and Care awards.

We are sponsoring the Support Staff of the Year award at the Western Telegraph’s Health and Care awards this year.

This is an area close to the heart of those working for Hearing Voice Cymru, who work with people who hear voices, offering them support through the distressing and overwhelming experiences this can sometimes present.

See the full article published in the Western Telegraph (13/08/2018)  here

Psychosis and Spirituality : Consolidating The New Paradigm

Madness, Mystery and the Survival of God

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.

 

Winston Churchill was ‘probably’ sexually abused as a schoolboy, a novelist claims

Source: The Daily Mail (full article) 2nd July 2018

Winston Churchill

The future prime minister was subjected to ‘appalling treatment’ at school, House of Cards author Lord Dobbs said. The peer, who has also written four novels about Churchill, said: ‘He didn’t have a difficult childhood – he had an impossible childhood. He was neglected, he was abused physically, emotionally and probably sexually too.’

During World War II, Winston Churchill heard voices, Churchill’s “voices” would tell him to “sit here” or “sit there?” (Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia, 1990, “Hallucination”)

Read more about Winston Churchill here.

 

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