Newsletter Spring 2013
Greetings from the Chair
Welcome to the latest Intervoice newsletter - here are some great stories and some very positive news from around the world. I hope, like me, you feel inspired by all that our colleagues and friends are doing. We want to hear your news, so please keep in touch..
with best wishes,
Chair of Intervoice
Eleanor Longden at TED
Intervoice Board member Eleanor Longden received a standing ovation at the 2013 TED conference when she delivered a presentation about her own experiences of hearing voices - and the ground-breaking work of > Intervoice - to an audience of 1700 that included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Ben Affleck, Bono, Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz and Goldie Hawn. Held yearly in California, TED is a prestigious event dedicated to promoting "ideas worth spreading" that reaches millions of international viewers via its online talks. Past TED presenters include Stephen Hawking, Bill Clinton, Richard Dawkins and Bill Gates, and Eleanor was one of 30 individuals invited as a result of TED's Global Talent Search that auditioned 300 hopefuls across14 countries in 2012. Eleanor sees this as an indication of how attitudes to mental health are starting to shift, and credits the support,energy, and inspiration of the Intervoice community for motivating her throughout the process. "The work of the Hearing Voices Movement shows that empathy, justice and respect are more than words: they are convictions and beliefs", she says "and that beliefs can change the world". Eleanor's talk will be available to view online at www.TED.com
in early May.
An alternative Finnish approach to healing psychosis
Here is a trailer for a documentary film about the Western Lapland Open Dialogue Project. The program presently is getting the best results for first-break psychosis - with approximately 85% recovery.
".. the world has a chance to break out of the mind system it had, the world psychiatric system and do something better- the opportunity to tell the story that could literally alter millions of lives if societies would change and learn from the Western Lapland success."
First Hospital Hearing Voices Groups in Denmark
For the first time in history Hearing Voices groups have been started in a Hospital for Forensic Psychiatry.It started on 15th February 2012 in Risskov, Århus, Denmark. In August 2012 another Hearing Voices group was started at the same Hospital. The two groups were founded by two staff members from the Hospital and two former voice hearers, who currently are in charge of the groups. The first group has now been meeting for more than a year now and both groups are going strong.
In 2004 an initiative for people who hear voices began in the Municipality of Aarhus in Denmark. This inspiring documentary shows the new group forming and reflecting on their experience. In Danish with English subtitles. http://tiny.cc/Aarhus-Project
A wonderful interview with Olga Runciman, Chair of the Hearing Voices Danish Network (in English): http://tiny.cc/Olga-Runciman
New Hearing Voices Group in Ireland
In November 2012, Jacqui Dillon led a three day Hearing Voices Group Facilitators course in Dublin, Cork and Galway, organised by the Irish Institure of Mental Health Nursing and funded by the HSE. Since the training, a number of meetings have taken place to set up Hearing Voices group in Dublin. The first began in February 2013.
A story of an Italian history of resistance
Elisabetta Angelillo's video documentary "Written by voice" is a history of resistance to processes of medicalisation of mental illness. Hearing voices is still considered as a psychiatric illness: Gruppo Voci tries to overcome through dialogue and listening, trying to give the experience of hearing voices a meaning. Their stories have become a book. more info: scrittoavoce.blogspot.it
Preliminary findings from the independent Inquiry into the ‘Schizophrenia’ Label (ISL)
Preliminary findings show that over 80% of those who gave evidence believe the diagnosis is damaging and dangerous. See:http://tiny.cc/Schizophrenia-enquiry
ICRA & the Hywel Davies Foundation: Scholarships for online training
Thanks to the Hywel Davies Foundation, the International Centre for Recovery Action (ICRA) can offer scholarships to people from developing countries and Eastern Europe for introductory online training. Topics include: the hearing voices approach, male survivors of sexual abuse, understanding recovery etc. They are designed for anyone working in mental health, people who have had psychotic experiences and their family members. New courses are being added and web seminars and podcasts are also planned. http://www.icra-wholelife.org/education/course-guide
If you would like to apply for a scholarship write to: email@example.com explaining a llittle about yourself, where you live and how you would use the courses.
Hearing Voices Resource Pack Fund 2013
If you would like a free hearing voices resource pack you can find details here:http://tiny.cc/resourcepack_fund
From Hampshire, England: Volunteer Group Facilitator and Treasurer/Fundraiser needed
A group facilitator is needed to help to run Hearing Voices peer support groups with young people (12-17 years) and young adults (18-25 years) in Hampshire, England. Help is also needed with fundraising applications. Contact Zanell at: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Austria: a speaker needed for World Hearing Voices Day
We, Intervoice Oberösterreich – Netzwerk Stimmenhören, the Austrian Hearing Voices Network, have begun planning our annual World Hearing Voices Day 2013 conference for Saturday September 14, 2013. Since the World Hearing Voices Day’s conception we have held a yearly conference for voice hearers, their relatives and carers in LinzAustria. During the last years we have focused on different aspects of hearing voices covering such themes as religion, parapsychology, trauma, and recovery. The topic for 2013 will be intercultural aspects of hearing voices. We are currently looking for a speaker who could hold a talk on hearing voices in non-western and/or pre-industrial cultures. We would like the voice hearing community to make suggestions. Preferably the talk should be given in German – we would help with a translation but would also make for provisions for simultaneous translation if necessary. We have limited resources but we are really good hosts.
We always provide a talk/event for the general public on the evening before the World Hearing Voices Day. This year will be no exception. We have invited Carolyn von Taysen to present the film on the Normal Difference Mental Health Project in the slum of Kariobangi, Nairobi.
Contact by: email: email@example.com
or Stimmen, Exit-sozial, Wildbergstr. 10a,4030 Linz,Austria
From Durham University, England: submissions invited for Voicewalks
In conjunction with Hearing the Voice, Stepaway Magazine is publishing a special issue dedicated to the creative exploration of inner speech and voice hearing experiences within the context of walking in the city. The issue will present a collection of walking narratives by both voice hearers and writers who creatively imagine hearing voices. If you are interested in making a submission go to http://tiny.cc/Voicewalks
for more information.
From the Hearing Voices Network USA
Any training you think we should know about? We'd like to start sharing more information about Hearing Voices-related presentations and training that are available around the country, and are exploring different ways to do that, but first and foremost, we need to know about them, so please be sure to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know when you're aware of something coming up!
From Chicago (USA) Hearing Voices
Based on preliminary contacts with US hearing voices movement groups, facilitators and organizers from around the US, there seems to be significant interest in a national (US) listserv, as well as future national and regional meetings (possibly in conjunction with the ISPS-US annual conference and/or Alternatives). If interested in networking and discussion with these goals in mind, please email Nev Jones, director of Chicago Hearing Voices, at email@example.com
From Pennsylvania, USA
Berta Britz reports: in Montgomery County PA, we have four hearing voices groups and one group for future facilitators. One of these is for young people. Berta has also been filmed for two short Newsmakers appearances for TV.
There will be a panel of HVNG facilitators at ISPS-US Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey consisting of Berta Britz, Oryx Cohen, Nev Jones (see item above), Lisa Forestell and Melissa McLean.