In April 20015 Paul Baker spent two weeks in Brazil introducing the hearing voices approach to people who hear voices, family members and mental health workers. Three two day workshops were held in Marilia, Campinas (both in the state of Sao Paulo) and Rio de Janiero. Paul helps support the Hearing Voices Network Cymru and works closely with Hywel Davies, the chairman of the network. Hearing Voices Network Cymru provided sponsorship for the visit to Brazil.
The response was enthusiastic and in each of the cities new hearing voices groups are to be set up. Paul was accompanied by Marius Romme, the founder of the Hearing Voices Movement and co-facilitated the meeting in Campinas.
A one day conference was also held in Belem, Para in the Amazonian part of Brazil attended by over 300 service users, family members and mental health workers.
The training events were organised by IMHCN members Pablo Valente and Rosanna de Sade from the Trieste Institute.