Hearing Voices Network NSW

For people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual perceptions

Author: adam dickes

Can’t You Hear Them? New Book On Voice Hearing

The experience of ‘hearing voices’, once associated with lofty prophetic communications, has fallen low. Today, the experience is typically portrayed as an unambiguous harbinger of madness caused by a broken brain, an unbalanced mind, biology gone wild. Yet an alternative account, forged predominantly by people who hear voices themselves, argues that hearing voices is an understandable response to traumatic life-events. There is an urgent need to overcome the tensions between these two ways of understanding ‘voice hearing’.

Simon McCarthy-Jones considers neuroscience, genetics, religion, history, politics and not least the experiences of many voice hearers themselves. This enables him to challenge established and seemingly contradictory understandings and to create a joined-up explanation of voice hearing that is based on evidence rather than ideology.


Voices Workshop at Port Macquarie in April

Recovering our lives, Responding to Voices.

A workshop with Amanda Wagnell and Sandy Hart

Tuesday 12 April and Wednesday 13 April




Documentary Makers seeking People With Lived Experience


We are looking for people who would be interested in appearing in an educational documentary about psychosis. The aim of the film is to reduce stigma, and increase understanding of psychosis and how to manage it. The film is being made by Monkey See Productions (http://www.monkeysee.com.au/) for Menal Health First Aid (https://mhfa.com.au/cms/home) to use in their training programs for the public.

We are looking for people with lived experience of psychosis to go in the film. We’re looking for people who have insight into their illness and understand how to manage it, and are able to talk in an easy to understand way. People will be paid for their time.

Christine Mason, the film’s producer, made a series of 6 mental health films on depression, panic attacks, social phobia, Schizophrenia, Bipolar and gambling 15 years ago. Mental Health First Aid have been using these films in their training programs and would like them updated. The films have also been used internationally by psychologists, hospitals, universities, doctors, libraries, support groups, and the public. Christine is a registered psychologist with 30 years’ experience working in mental health.

When making her previous six mental health films, Christine found that people who participated in the film found the experience empowering.  It provided an opportunity for people to teach what they have learnt, to be respected for their knowledge, and to use what they have learnt from their suffering to help others.  We believe this film will be very useful in reducing stigma and educating the public.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in participating in this worthwhile project, please contact Christine Mason on 0419498789 or by email monkeysee@monkeysee.com.au.

Listening to Voice Hearers

Asylum Associates and Bobbywood have produced a new free video about the personal experience of three people who hear voices – Bob, Kate and Shaun.

Queensland Hearing Voices Workshop in September

The Queensland Hearing Voices Community is pleased to announce the second of three workshops funded by the QLD Mental Health Commission (QMHC) Community Awareness Initiative and supported by Aftercare.

The second workshop ‘Understanding & Working With People Who Hear Voices’  is a 3 day workshop that will be held on Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th and Wed 30th of September 2015, at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church at New Farm.

The training will be facilitated by Amanda Waegeli  and Ros Thomas.  Amanda is a Peer Specialist and Independent Mental HealthRecovery Consultant who has gained mastery over her experience of voice hearing through Hearing Voices Groups and the Hearing Voices Approach. Ros is a mental health worker, who has worked for the last 20 years in non-clinical service provision. Both facilitators are highly regarded and well respected within the Hearing Voices Movement and will bring a wealth of knowledge to our workshop.

This innovative 3 day workshop looks both at the theory and practice of working with and talking to voices.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the 3 days all participants will have:

  • An understanding of hearing voices
  • Been introduced to developing Coping Strategies
  • Been introduced to the Maastricht Interview
  • The confidence to use the Victim to Victor Workbook
  • Been introduced to Voice Profiling
  • Been introduced to Voice Dialoguing
  • Developed confidence and awareness in working with voices
  • Developed a Toolkit for working with clients’ voices

Places are limited and participants are expected to attend all 3 days. Please see the attached flyer and registration form for further details.

It would be appreciated if you would circulate the details throughout your networks.

Please see below for more information and registration form.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards

Sam Jemison