Hearing Voices Network NSW

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

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Documentary Makers seeking People With Lived Experience

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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.

OCTOBER 2015: Hearing Voices Therapy Group starting in the CBD

Final Group for the year!

The Australian College of Applied Psychology is offering a low-cost ($40) 7 week Therapy group for people who hear distressing voices.

The group was designed by a voice-hearer with many years’ experience working in mental health settings and it draws on the Hearing Voices Approach of exploring voice experiences, changing the relationship with negative voices, and developing personalised coping strategies to manage distressing voices and the stresses that trigger them.

The group is supervised by our very own Vanessa Beavan, an active HVNNSW committee member and clinical psychologist.

For more information and to register click here

Hearing voices: Auditory hallucinations vary across cultures

Tanya Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, poses for a portrait in her office at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  She acquired the artwork about 10 years ago. On the left is a painting called "Stigma," about the stigma of mental illness, and on the right the painting is called "Laws of Nature," about hearing voices.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Tanya Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, poses for a portrait in her office at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She acquired the artwork about 10 years ago. On the left is a painting called “Stigma,” about the stigma of mental illness, and on the right the painting is called “Laws of Nature,” about hearing voices. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

STANFORD — Voices heard by some schizophrenics are strange, angry and threatening. But others hear voices that are familiar, helpful and comforting.

Varying across cultures, these voices tell us something: What we believe shapes what we hear — and how we feel, according to Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann, whose first-ever cultural comparison found that Bay Area patients experienced more negative voices than patients in India and Ghana.

Here’s a great collection of ideas on how to run a Hearing Voices group

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Great collection of ideas on how to run a hearing voices group

 

 

New Chairperson elected to board

Douglas Holmes became the new chairperson in November 2014. For more information about Douglas, and his vision for HVN NSW, please see  About Us>Committee

Newtown Voices running again from Tuesday October 13th, 1-3

After a break in October, hearing voices Newtown is now up and running again with two new facilitators.

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