The World Hearing Voices Congress will be coming to the United States next year. Be sure to mark your calendars now!
August 16-18, 2017
Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
Please download and distribute the flyer to spread the news! If you haven't yet, sign up to receive our email newsletter for all the details to come.
HVN USA is happy to announce a new phone-in mutual support group for people who are currently facilitating HVN groups and for those interested in starting new Hearing Voices groups. This group is happening once-a-month via toll free conference call. Like other Hearing Voices groups, it's a place to share our stories, challenges and victories, to gain new perspectives and connect with others who may have similar experiences.
First Friday of each Month
3pm-4pm Eastern Time
HVN USA Facilitator Trainers Lisa Forestell and Marty Hadge recently presented a webinar for Hearing Voices Network of Lower Hudson Valley, New York. This webinar is now available for replay online for free. It is about one hour in length. Among other things, it covers the history, values and ethics of the HVN approach. Lisa and Marty also share personal stories regarding their own experiences with voice hearing, how it affected their interactions with others inside and outside the traditional mental health system, and experiences participating in and facilitating HVN USA groups. There is also a great Q&A session at the end.
Click here to check it out!
Note: It will ask for a name and email address to register for playback.
We are pleased to announce that our most recent open call for new Board Members has resulted in eight new people joining our group!
▪ Andrea Easton - Massachusetts
▪ Berta Britz - Pennsylvania
▪ Jeannie Bass - Massachusetts
▪ Lisa Planting - California
▪ Noel Hunter - New York
▪ Susan Grubb - New York
▪ Teressa Ford - Georgia
▪ Tim Ness - Colorado
They join the following existing members:
▪ Brenda Hammond - Idaho
▪ Francisco Gonzalez - Rhode Island
▪ Lisa Forestell - Massachusetts
▪ Oryx Cohen - Massachusetts
▪ Patrick Hayes - Illinois
▪ Sera Davidow - Massachusetts
Along with our international representatives:
▪ Peter Bullimore - United Kingdom
▪ Rachel Waddingham - United Kingdom
Want to learn more about the Board members? Read their bios here!
Initially, we had really hoped to further diversify our geographical representation. However, applications continued to lean heavily toward the Northeast and so the Board collectively decided to prioritize active energy to participate above geography for this round. Although geographic representation is critical, right now we're at a stage where building energy and momentum is the most essential next step and we hope that geographic diversity will follow.
That said, a couple of spots remain open, and the Board has determined that it will only accept applicants from outside of the Northeast for the foreseeable future.
'Experiences of hearing voices: analysis of a novel phenomenological survey', The Lancet Psychiatry, March 2015
The results from a new research study about the experiences of hearing voices have been published. This study was a collaboration between Hearing the Voice and the Lived Experience Research Network.
"Completed by 153 people (including 26 who have no history of mental illness), our open-ended online questionnaire aimed to strip away assumptions about what we think voice-hearers are experiencing, and instead ask people to describe what it is like to hear voices in their own words."
Click here to check it out!
On October 10th, 2014 Oryx Cohen (National Empowerment Center and HVN USA Board Member) and Marty Hadge (Western Mass Recovery Learning Community and HVN USA Trainer) presented a Hearing Voices Webinar entitled:
The 2 hour webinar was recorded (audio, slides and chats) and is available for replay by clicking on the title above or the link below!
Thanks to the presenters, hosts and other sponsors for supporting this and offering the recording free of charge: