Yes it is painful, however there are Voice Hearers and their supporters across Australia that have been actively working on developing a formal network in Australia. Some are in this email conversation that Lyn sent out.
Since 2013 I have been using a WordPress blog to engage interested people about forming a national; network across Australia.
It is with regret that I am writing to advise that the Hearing Voices Network Australia (HVNA) website is no longer live. Some weeks ago Richmond Wellbeing made a decision to take the site down due to little traffic reported and also due to a decision to no longer participate in the national scene here in Australia. Richmond currently remains funded by the Western Australian Mental Health Commission to run the HVN Western Australia (HVNWA) which operates as a program of Richmond Wellbeing (in a similar way that Voices Vic operates within Prahran Mission in Victoria). HVNWA’s website has also been taken down as HVNWA has been integrated into the Richmond Wellbeing site.
As many of you will know Richmond Wellbeing has a new CEO as of 12 months now and so new strategic priorities have been set.
Our thanks and gratitude remain strong and deep to our former CEO Joe Calleja who championed the HV work in Australia since 2005 till his semi-retirement in 2016. My role has been scaled back to focus more within the Western Australian scene, however, I am personally supportive of the Australian grass roots steering group which is working toward developing a national entity.
We invite you, as you find the time, to take down any links you have to HVNA.
Please share this information with relevant people who I may have missed or may not have their email addresses.
Please note I work Tuesday – Friday across all our services.
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.
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.
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.