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New Cardiff Hearing Voices Self-Help Group 

The Cardiff Hearing Voices Self-Help Group  now meets at Ty Canna, 40 Market Road, Canton,Cardiff. The group meets weekly on Mondays from  5pm to 7pm. Tea and coffee available – 50p. For further information or before attending, leave a message on 07521694234.

This is a self-help group (not a therapy group) for those who hear or have heard voices and who wish to support each other. The group arranges social activities such as bowling, restaurants, trips to the cinema.

The group also aims to reduce stigma and labels surrounding this controversial issue.

For more information about Hearing Voices Groups meeting in Wales go here.

Hearing Voices with Dr. Joachim Schnackenberg

An interview with Dr. Joachim Schnackenberg about his work with people who hear voices. Dr. Schnackenberg is a consultant for hearing voices and recovery in Germany and a researcher, supervisor and trainer in Experience Focussed Counselling with Voice Hearers (also known as Making Sense of Voices or Working with Voices) primarily provided in the German and English language. We discuss the approach of ‘listening to the voice’ discerning its message and seeing it as ultimately either benevolent in nature, or at least with the potential to use the experience towards a positive end if the experience remains considered negative despite an attempt to work constructively with it, no matter how malevolent it may appear.

 

Dementia With Lewy Bodies – Experiencing Extra Voices

 

 

 

We have published a new article about hearing voices as a consequence of dementia with lewy bodies.

Dementia with Lewy Bodies (LBD) is a form of dementia which has symptoms that are similar to Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. It affects 10-15% of people living with dementia. In the early stages, and as the disease progresses, hearing voices is common. This can be disorienting and confusing, both for the person living with dementia, and for their friends, families and carers. It is very important how you react and deal with these voices.

Read the full article here

Jane Fisher, has written this article especially for our website.

Mind Pembrokeshire Needs Your Help!

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 its headquarters in Haverfordwest in South West Wales.

They need to raise £200,000 by October 2018.

Please donate what you can o enable the charity to stay in its existing 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:

“Mind Pembrokeshire is a local resource centre which has been providing mental, emotional and physical support from The Old Wool Market on Quay Street Haverfordwest for the past 18 years.

The support is for anyone who pops in to see us, no referral needed, no wait time anyone can come in in crisis and get help. We are open 365 days of the year as well, offering therapy for a wide range of mental health issues as well as social and creative activities!

A big part of why we’ve been so successful is our location – we’re just minutes walk from the town centre, yet we still enjoy calming riverside views!

Now we have never reached out for donations, in fact we rarely find the time as on average we have 6000 contacts use the centre in 2017 alone, but unfortunately we find ourselves in a position where we must reach out to the community.

Why we need your help

We have until October 2018 to raise the money to buy our building, to maintain stability for those already a part of Mind Pembrokeshire and to make finding support for those in need that little bit easier.

Help us make Quay Street our forever home.”

Mind Pembrokeshire


 

 

 

From Hearing to Healing: Getting Your Life on Track

Jane Fisher, has written this article especially for our website. Jane considers how to get your life on track if your voices are troubling you. You can read the article here.

“Rest”: New Poem by Hywel Davies

Rest

I offer my life

To God and The King.

Jesus is The Light

Of All, Ev’rything.

Hywel Davies

 

You can read more poetry by Hywel here

Hearing Voices: Embracing the Gift

We have published a NEW article on hearing voices and psychic abilities. The article  was commissioned by HVN Cymru. It provides an explanatory framework for the experience of hearing voices as a psychic gift/ability or the potential for such. Our thanks to the author, Jane Fisher

You can read it here.

Psychic Abilities?

 

Are you psychic? Could you develop clairvoyant skills or become a medium? There are some schools of thought which hold that we are all psychic to a greater or lesser extent, while others believe that only some people are born with natural psychic skills, or may develop them later in life.

Find out more here.

Hearing Voices Through The Ages

Hearing Voices Through The Ages is a talk given by Hywel Davies at a hotel in Aberystwyth on October 1998 at the launch of the Aberystwyth Hearing Voices Group.

How To Start A Hearing Voices Group

“How to Start A Hearing Voices Group – A Possibility” is a talk given at a seminar in Aberystwyth, held in 1998.

 

 

If Poets Are Dreamers by Hywel Davies

“If Poets Are Dreamers” is a song based on a poem written by Hywel Davies in about 1999. The tune is from the Catholic hymn “Colours of Day”.

The song is unaccompanied.

The poem was first published in 2008.

The poem is inspired by the thought that childhood survivors of trauma and/or neglect have a Christian spiritual significance or the potential for such.

The Collection: Poetry by Hywel Davies

Over 50 more poems by Hywel Davies from The Collection (2014) . Go here to read the poems.

The Collection is Mr Davies’s third collection of poetry, following Syllables for Change (2008) and Appearance and Reality (2009).

Some of the poems in The Collection have been published previously.

 

 

Reconstructing Beneficence: Mental Health And Progress (1989 – 2008)

 

‘Reconstructing Beneficence: Mental Health And Progress’ (1989 – 2008) is a selection of speeches, letters and articles presented and written by Hywel Davies between 1989 and 2008.

Click on the link to view or download here:

Reconstructing Beneficence 2008

Butterfly: new poem for 2018

BUTTERFLY

 

Too beautiful to live

And too precious to die,

He is learning to walk

By then learning to fly.

 

Hywel Davies

 

For more poetry by Hywel go here

Half of adults regularly take prescription drugs including antidepressants

A nation of pill poppers: HALF of all adults in England are on prescription drugs for depression and heart disease, damning report reveals

Half of adults regularly take prescription drugs including antidepressants, statins, and high blood pressure pills, a major report has found.

A record 1.1 million prescriptions were handed out last year, a rise of almost 50 per cent in the last decade.

One in seven adults are on statins, a tenth are taking antidepressants and one in seven are on pills to control their blood pressure.

The NHS‘s Health Survey for England also uncovered alarming rates of inactivity, heavy drinking, dieting and poor mental health.

The survey involved 8,011 adults and is carried out every year to represent a snapshot of the population’s health and wellbeing.

Source: Daily Mail, 14th December 2017

Read more here

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