Founded in 2010, the Hearing Voices Network USA represents a partnership between individuals who hear voices or have other extreme or unusual experiences, professionals and allies in the community, all of whom are working together to change the assumptions made about these phenomenon and create supports, learning and healing opportunities for people across the country.


Many voices can be unthreatening and even positive. It's wrong to turn this into a shameful problem that people either feel they have to deny or to take medication to suppress.

~ Professor Marius Romme

The Hearing Voices approach was originated through the work of Marius Romme and a woman to whom he was providing treatment, Patsy Hage.  Not only did Patsy directly challenge Marius to expand his thinking and accept her experiences as real, but he also witnessed the power of peer support first hand when he observed her and others receiving treatment at a local hospital impacting one another simply by taking the space to talk frankly and non-judgmentally with one another about hearing voices.  Since that time, Marius and his wife and colleague Sandra Escher, have written several books and made many appearances to talk about what has grown out of that initial learning, ultimately forming the foundation of this International movement.

Hearing Voices Networks have now been established in over 20 countries with Hearing Voices groups spreading even more rapidly. Intervoice (The International Network for Training, Education and Research into Hearing Voices) also developed in the 1990's and has since thrived in its efforts to help tie together and support the International Hearing Voices community.

In the United States, Hearing Voices groups have existed in small numbers for well over five years, with some of the earliest known groups forming in Wisconsin, California and Massachusetts.  However, there has been no real way to link them together, spread knowledge about the Hearing Voices approach, provide consistent guidelines on what qualifies as a 'Hearing Voices' group and support the development of new groups.  These are the primary purposes of the Hearing Voices Network USA.  Join us as we move forward and become one of the newest members of the International network!




Hearing Voices Networks & Group Sites:

USA Regional Sites:


International Sites:

Hearing Voices Network - Aotearoa (New Zealand): The Hearing Voices Network based in New Zealand -  www.hearingvoices.org.nz

Hearing Voices Network - Australia: The Hearing Voices Network based in Australia -  www.hvna.net.au

Hearing Voices Network - Cymru (Wales): The Hearing Voices Network based in Wales - www.hearingvoicescymru.org

Hearing Voices Network - Dundee (Scotland): The Hearing Voices Network based in Scotland -  www.hearingvoicesnetwork.com

Hearing Voices Network - England: The Hearing Voices Network in England - www.hearing-voices.org

Hearing Voices Network -  Ireland: The Hearing Voices Network based in Ireland - www.voicesireland.com

Hearing Voices Network - Netherlands: The Hearing Voices Network based in the Netherlands -  www.stichtingweerklank.nl

Intervoice: The website representing the International Hearing Voices movement -  www.intervoiceonline.org

Voice Hearer groups in Québec, Canadawww.revquebecois.org and www.robsm.org/Voix


For Young People:

Voices Collective: A UK-based website for young people who hear, see and sense things others don't. - www.voicescollective.co.uk

We Hear W.A.: A Western Australia-based online peer-support and information space for young voice hearers - www.wehearwa.com.au


Other Related Sites:

Alaska Mental Health Consumers Website: "The Consumer Web provides peer support, resource development and consumer directed programs that help people improve their lives." - www.akmhcweb.org

Antipsychiatry Coalition: A non-profit group of volunteers who feel they have been harmed by the psychiatric system - www.antipsychiatry.org

Asylum: The Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry - www.asylumonline.net (subscriptions available from www.pccs-books.co.uk).

Behind the Label:  The primary website for Rachel Waddingham including articles, resources and training opportunities - www.behindthelabel.co.uk

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Based at Boston University, this center is dedicated to research, training and service for individuals with psychiatric diagnoses - cpr.bu.edu

Chipmunka Publishing: A publishing company dedicated to giving voice to individuals who have received psychiatric labels -  www.chipmunkapublishing.com

Coming Off Psychiatric Medication: A website dedicated to giving you information about medication, how it works and what its like to come off of it - www.comingoff.com

Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry: An organization in the UK, the CEP exists "to reduce psychiatric harm by communicating the latest evidence to policymakers and practitioners, by sharing the testimony of those who have been harmed, and by supporting research into areas where evidence is lacking" - cepuk.org

Critical Psychiatry Network: A website primarily for psychiatrists and medical students with an interest in psychiatry who are interested in taking a critical look at psychiatry, including related human rights and political issues and challenging mainstream assumptions - www.critpsynet.freeuk.com

Deptford Hearing Voices:An information source on hearing voices and related experiences for the South London area of England -  www.dhvs.freeuk.com

Freedom Center: A Massachusetts-based volunteer organization run by and for individuals who have received psychiatric labels focusing on advocacy and support -  www.freedom-center.org

Gail Hornstein: The primary website for information about Gail Hornstein - a Psychology Professor at Mount Holyoke College, an author and a leader in bringing the Hearing Voices movement to the US -  www.gailhornstein.com

Icarus Project: A national community of individuals who have received psychiatric labels and want to share their art, experiences, support and advocacy - www.theicarusproject.net

International Guide to the World of Alternative Mental Health: An on-line guide to non-drug based recovery approaches - www.alternativementalhealth.com

Jacqui Dillon: The primary website for Jacqui Dillon, an internationally recognized trainer, author and leader in the English and International HVN movement -  www.jacquidillon.org

Law Project for Psychiatric Rights: A public interest law firm providing information, advocacy and organization of campaigns against forced drugging and other related topics - www.psychrights.org

M-Power: A Massachusetts-based advocacy organization run by and for individuals with psychiatric diagnoses - www.m-power.org

Mad In America: A resource and a community for those interested in rethinking psychiatric care in the United States and abroad, including: news, personal stories, access to source documents, and the informed writings of bloggers that will further this enterprise. - www.madinamerica.com

       - Here's a group of articles/blogs regarding Hearing Voices on Mad In America: https://www.madinamerica.com/?s=hearing+voices&submit=Search

Mad Pride: Information, resources, stories and events related to Mad Pride -  madpride.org.uk/index.php

Madness Radio: Offering "voices and visions from outside of mental health," including archived interviews with a number of nationally and internationally recognized individuals speaking on a variety of topics related to mental health recovery - www.madnessradio.net

Mental Health Client Action Network of Santa Cruz County: A California-based network of individuals with psychiatric diagnoses offering resources, advocacy and support to one another - www.mhcan.org

Mental Health in the UK: Offering resources and information with a particular focus on creativity by and for individuals with psychiatric diagnoses - www.mentalhealthintheuk.co.uk/features.html

Mental Health Testimony Project: First-hand accounts from individuals who have received psychiatric labels - www.insidestories.org

MIND (UK), including MIND Publications: A website offering information, books and support for individuals working on recovery - www.mind.org.uk

Mind Freedom International: An international community of individuals who have received psychiatric labels focused on support and advocacy - www.mindfreedom.org

National Empowerment Center: Provides information, advocacy and resources related to mental health recovery - www.power2u.org

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy: Provides rights information, advocacy, training, information and an annual conference - www.narpa.org

National Perceptions Forum (formerly the National Voices Forum): A forum providing an opportunity for individuals with a variety of unusual experiences, diagnoses, etc. to have a voice (includes art, stories, information, etc.) -  www.voicesforum.org.uk

Online Voices Groups

     -An on-line (Yahoo) group for individuals who hear or have heard voices - www.groups.yahoo.com/group/voice-hearers 

     -An on-line (Yahoo) group for people who hear voices, and those who support them either as carers, friends, family members or professionals - groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/voicesupporters

PCCS Books: A great resources for a number of mental health-related books including some of the core HVN texts - www.pccs-books.co.uk

People Who: Information, advocacy and support for individuals who have lived experience with a variety of mental health-related issues -  www.peoplewho.org

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association: Pennsylvania's statewide network for information, advoacy, referrals and support offered by and for individuals receiving pscyhiatric services - www.pmhca.org

Psychiatric Survivor Archives: Toronto-based organization dedicated to preserving the history and stories of individuals who have received psychiatric labels - www.psychiatricsurvivorarchives.com

The Psychiatry Mafia: A collection of links and testimony against psychiatry, includes many resources in French and several other languages in addition to English - http://settheory.net/psychiatry

Psychminded: A site for all who work in psychiatry, psychology and mental health and who are interested learning, sharing and exploring alternative perspectives - www.psychminded.co.uk

Rethink (National Schizophrenia Fellowship, UK):  Offering information about psychiatric diagnoses and mental health - www.rethink.org

Rufus May: The primary site for Rufus May, who works as a clinical psychologist in England. His interest in recovery from psychosis and other difficulties is rooted in his own experiences of psychosis and subsequent recovery journey - rufusmay.com

Successful Schizophrenia: Offering information and advocacy toward a new and broadened perspective on psychiatric diagnoses - www.successfulschizophrenia.org

Will Hall:  The primary site for Will Hall, author of Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs and Withdrawal (available for download at his website), trainer and co-founder of the Freedom Center -  www.willhall.net

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community: A Western Massachusetts-based community for individuals who have lived experience with psychiatric diagnoses, trauma and/or extreme states providing support, advocacy, training and more - www.westernmassrlc.org

Working to Recovery: Ron Coleman's site offering information, resources, publications and training on hearing voices and related topics - www.workingtorecovery.co.uk


Videos, Radio Broadcasts, Etc. 

Jeannie Bass interview with NBC: 

Eleanor Longden's TED Talk: "The Voices in My Head" - www.ted.com/talks/eleanor_longden_the_voices_in_my_head

Sounds Mad: Jacqui Dillon on Irish Public Radio, including an interesting segment where actors record versions of Jacqui's voices - www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/radio-documentary-sounds-mad-hearing-voices-psychology.html

TV Commercials and News Stories from Australia: The Hearing Voices Network in Western Australia produced a couple of TV commercials about hearing voices - www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWmlwPKk5Fc and www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEtJyWkHWRM 

     -The Australian Hearing Voices Network is also featured in this news story: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQpjY6dakic 

Madness Radio: Here's a number of radio broadcasts related to voice hearing - www.madnessradio.net/show-topics/hearing-voices





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Icarus Project. (2004). Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness: A Reader and Roadmap of Bipolar Worlds (available from www.theicarusproject.net).

James, Adam. (2001). Raising our Voices: An Account of the Hearing Voices Movement. Gloucester, UK: Handsell Publications (available from www.workingtorecovery.co.uk).

Jaynes, Julian. (1976). The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Jenner, F.A., A.C.D. Monteiro, J.A. Zagalo-Cardoso, and J.A. Cunha-Oliveira. (1993). Schizophrenia: A Disease or Some Ways of Being Human? Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic Press.

Lehmann, Peter (ed.). (2002). Coming off Psychiatric Drugs (available from www.peter-lehmann-publishing.com).

Leudar, I. and P. Thomas. (2000). Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity – Studies of Verbal Hallucinations. London: Routledge.

Longden, E. (2013). Learning from the voices in my head. New York: TED Books.

McCarthy-Jones, S. (2012). Hearing voices: The histories, causes and meanings of auditory verbal hallucinations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Parker, J., E. Georgaca, D. Harper, T. McLaughlin, and M. Stowell-Smith (1995). Deconstructing Psychopathology. London: Sage.

Read, Jim. (2009). Psychiatric Drugs: Key Issues and Service User Perspectives. London: Palgrave Macmillan/MIND.

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Romme, Marius, Sandra Escher, Jacqui Dillon, Dirk Corstens, and Mervyn Morris (eds.). (2009). Living with Voices: 50 Stories of Recovery (available from www.pccs-books.co.uk).

Rothschild, B. (2000). The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment. London: Norton.

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Smith, Daniel. (2007). Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Rethinking the History, Science, and Meaning of Auditory Hallucination. New York: Penguin Press.

Stastny, Peter and Peter Lehmann (eds.). (2007). Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry (available from www.peter-lehmann-publishing.com).

Steele, Ken and Claire Berman. (2001). The Day the Voices Stopped: A Schizophrenic's Journey From Madness to Hope. New York: Basic Books.

Stephens, Lynn and George Graham. (2000). When Self-Consciousness Breaks: Alien Voices and Inserted Thoughts. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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Thomas, Philip. (1997). The Dialectics of Schizophrenia. London: Free Association Books.

Watkins, John. (1998). Hearing Voices: A Common Human Experience. Melbourne, Australia: Hill of Content (available from www.workingtorecovery.co.uk).

Watkins, J. (2008). Hearing voices: A common human experience. Michelle Anderson Publishing.

Watkins, John. Healing Schizophrenia: Using Medication Wisely (available from www.workingtorecovery.co.uk).

Watters, Ethan. (2010). Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche. New York: Free Press.

Weinstein, Jenny (ed.). Mental Health, Service User Involvement, and Recovery. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Whitaker, Robert. (2010). Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. New York: Crown Books.

Working to Recovery. How to Start and Run a Hearing Voices Group (available from www.workingtorecovery.co.uk).

Working to Recovery. Working with Voices: Victim to Victor Workbook. (available from www.workingtorecovery.co.uk).




2009 and 2010 World Hearing Voices Conference DVD (2011) Available at www.intervoiceonline.org

A Brilliant Madness (2002). Available from www.pbs.org.

Beyond the Medical Model (2013). Available at: www.westernmassrlc.org/rlc-film-productions

Louise Pembroke, Dedication to the Seven: Hearing Voices in Dance and Catatonia (2007). Available from www.mind.org.uk.

Dialogues with Madwomen (1993). Dir. Allie Light. Available from Women Make Movies (www.wmm.com).

Hearing Voices: Approaches to Managing Psychosis (1995). BBC Worldwide. Available from Films for the Humanities & Sciences (www.ffh.com).

Mars Project (2008). Available at: www.madinamerica.com/product/mars-project-2008

People Say I'm Crazy (2004). Dir. John Cadigan and Katie Cadigan. Palo Alto Pictures. Available from www.peoplesayimcrazy.org.

Someone Beside You (2006). Dir. Edgar Hagen. Available from www.maximage.ch.

Take These Broken Wings (2008). Available at: wildtruth.net/dvd/brokenwings
There is a Fault in Reality (2010) Available at: www.madinamerica.com/product/fault-reality-2010


*  Many resources taken from the 2011 and 2015 resource lists developed by Gail Hornstein and Jacqui Dillon.  Access a printable copy of this full list from www.gailhornstein.com by clicking this link: Resources on Hearing Voices and Related Topics


On-line Videos

Eleanor Longden's TED Talk:

"The Voices in My Head"


Mental Health Matters:

"Hearing Voices"


Open Paradigm:

"Healing Voices"


Olga Runciman:

"Hearing Voices Network Denmark"


Rufus May:

"Living Mindfully with Voices"


Marty Hadge:

Keynote at Alternatives 2013

"Hearing Voices Beyond the Labels"


Daniel Mackler:

"Schizophrenia Recovery Without Medication"


Daniel Mackler:

"Schizophrenia - Critque of Medication & Big Pharma"


Daniel Mackler:

"Schizophrenia - Therapy Promoting Full Recovery"


Hearing Voices Network Western Australia:

"You Hear We Listen"


Hearing Voices Network Western Australia:

"Richmond Fellowship"


Hearing Voices Network Victoria:

"News Story About..."