Dear Friends,

The Hearing Voices Network-USA Board is embarking on an exciting project to gather creative works that will broaden understanding of the voice-hearing experience and celebrate our community’s rich lived experience in all of its beauty, terror, and everything in between. We will publish these works in books and online.

We are requesting personal narratives and creative submissions of prose, poetry, art, and music (guidelines available in a PDF document and at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), from all frameworks and cultural backgrounds, that represent our individual and collective experiences of voices, visions, and other unusual phenomena. Submissions may be published with your real name, anonymously, or under a pseudonym. We are available to help with development and editing of longer narratives, including interviewing you, if that’s how you’d prefer to share your experience.

Please share your story and experiences with us through the medium of your choice. Our goal is to allow people to see, hear, and feel the different ways in which our community understands and relates to their experiences and the world. A few guiding questions to help your process are available through the attached PDF document or by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for submitting a story or essay is a two-part process, first submitting a 300-350-word summary by October 25, 2020. If accepted, the full, completed submission will be due on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

For all other formats (art, music, etc.), we also ask that you send us a brief proposal describing what you plan to submit by October 25, 2020. The deadline for the actual submission is also Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Warmest regards,

The Hearing Voices Network USA Board of Directors

Jeannie Bass, Massachusetts
Claire Bien, Connecticut
Remy Blasko, Oregon
Sera Davidow, Massachusetts
Dmitriy Gutkovich, New York
Brenda Hammond, Idaho
Ed Herzog, California
Caroline Mazel-Carlton, Massachusetts





This page will allow you to pay for your registration for the 'Support & Strategies for the Family Members of Voice-Hearers' webinar on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Each registration is $20.00, and each person must be registered separately. Once payment is successfuly made, you will be returned to the registration form to enter your name and e-mail.



All proceeds will go toward the support of Hearing Voices USA   


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Our own Hearing Voices USA board member, Jeannie Bass, recently was interviewed by NBC.  Jeannie had this to say about the experience, 

Having the opportunity to be part of a documentary piece with a mainstream network like NBC on the worldwide hearing voices movement was extremely exciting but also challenging. I wasn’t prepared for how difficult sharing my innermost experiences would be on both me and the voices I hear that others don’t. At several points throughout the 2 day interview it felt like I might not be able to keep going (including when I began hearing the filmmaker Marshall’s voice from inside and at times outside my head as well as at the end when I was stung by a family of wasps on the beach while talking on camera) but in the end it was totally worth it. I am appreciative that the film makers took the time to step into my world and try to understand what life for a voice hearer can be like. It isn’t all good or bad for many of us but rather some combination varying day to day. NBC was respectful from start to finish and I feel truly showed a balanced view of the hearing voices movement through my own experience as a voice hearer. This sentiment was echoed by many others in the movement who viewed the piece.

Thank you Jeannie!

View the complete segment here


Minigrant flyer updateMini-grants of $500 are now available for groups interested in organizing public events that share the power and diversity of the Hearing Voices movement in the USA.

Grant applications will be accepted from groups or individuals with an idea for a project or event that will help raise awareness about the experience of hearing voices (seeing visions, etc.) and to raise awareness about the Hearing Voices Movement.

Some ideas to get you thinking:
* Art installations
* Panel discussions
* Speaker events (in person or via Skype!)
* Story-sharing
* Events focused on the voice-hearing experiences of particular groups (Veterans, First Nations, young people, etc)

Feel free to be creative!

Funds can be used as a primary budget or combined with other money for larger events. Successful applicants will also receive support (brainstorming outreach ideas, paying bills related to the grant, considering next steps after the event has taken place, etc.) through the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community in implementing their idea.

All applications are due by March 30, 2018. If funds remain, additional proposals may be considered on a rolling basis after this date.

Click here for more details and an application.

Hearing Voices group facilitator trainings are intended for people who hear voices, see visions, and/or have other unusual experiences, as well as providers, allies, friends, family and others who are interested in starting or suppoting Hearing Voices groups. They include opportunities to learn about the history of the Hearing Voices movement, to expand understanding of the hearing voices experience, and to build understanding about and skills related to facilitation of Hearing Voices groups. Please see information below about a couple of the next Hearing Voices trainings coming up soon!

Holyoke, Massachusetts, Spring 2018: Four-day Hearing Voices Group Facilitation training.  Tuesday, May 29 to Friday, June 1st at Holyoke Community College. Facilitated by Caroline Carlton and Marty Hadge. This is intended for individuals who are interested in starting new Hearing Voices groups or supporting existing ones in their area.  Please see the attached application for additional details regarding location, and time:  CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION