It has been busy in the world of Voice Hearing in SA!
Firstly – we have a new Postcard to advertise our services! You can request some to hand out – they cost me around $25 – $30 for a pack of 100, so if you can contribute anything towards the printing costs that’s really appreciated – but if you can’t ask for some anyway and I’ll post them to you. You can also share a pdf image of them via email – that’s available here.
The latest potential board meeting to incorporate concluded with some of those involved preferring not to be part of a board but to offer other support. At this stage the HVNSA will continue as a community network personally supported by Sarah and my facepainting business – all contributions, financial and your time and expertise, very appreciated! If you wish to send money for HVNSA resources please clearly indicate that is what it is for, payment details are here. Conversations about setting up a board for this and my other networks are ongoing.
Our New Resources
We have a new Facebook Discussion Group of our own! Hearing Voices Network SA Join in to share information or get involved in our projects.
You may not be aware we now also have linked in with a Hearing Voices Group that is running in Murray Bridge. Michael Spurrier is one of the facilitators, he has shared some of his personal experience of psychosis, as a short extract from his book here. His book, The Lived Experience of Schizoaffective Disorder can be found here.
Phil Benjamin from ISPS was kind enough to compile an online conversation about how to facilitate a hearing voices group into this document to share.
My (Sarah’s) free talk Psychosis without Destruction was extremely well received! I am currently booked to deliver it to staff at the Northern Mental Health Team and conversations with other organisations are ongoing. If you would like to have this talk delivered for your organisation, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org my fee is negotiable and can be waived entirely in some circumstances.
The ISPS conference in Melbourne was amazing, a fantastic resource for research and approaches to psychosis. I have been invited to be a consultant to the board in some capacity and look forward to a fruitful relationship!
Local HVN advocate Matt Ball will be travelling to Scotland to deliver a keynote at a Working to Recovery camp, about how the lived experience has informed his role as a practitioner. He’ll also be running workshops on the use of the Maastricht interview in clinical practice with people who hear voices.
A local nurse and psychiatric registrar are working towards submitting a research proposal looking at the value of facilitating the Maastricht interview in community mental health teams. They are hoping to begin the research project before the end of 2015 and will keep us posted.
The 3rd Sustainable Mental Health – Sustainable Communities Conference is now open for registrations. 25-26th of June, in Port Lincoln. I will be there as will many other fantastic people. There is currently a two-for-one offer at $75 per head! For more information see this flyer or contact email@example.com
There are also still a couple of places available for the Hearing Voices Workshops with Arana Pearson, preferably for people with a lived experience of hearing distressing voices – these are FREE places. For more information, please contact Lee.Martinez@unisa.edu.au
Douglas Holmes and Arana Pearson have a project and they’d love to hear from people with a lived experience. They are aiming to compose a book of 50 anthologies of people who hear voices or did hear voices and have benefited from the ‘accepting voices’ approach. For more information, please see their survey and information pages here. If you would like to be involved but need support to get your story online to send to them – contact your local hearing voices group for assistance.
Voices have been in the media a lot lately! This is largely due to some research you can read about:
ABC report on the research:
Radio National – a great interview to listen to, with Lyn Mahboub from the Hearing Voices Network in Perth, and ISPS
SANE have also done some great work promoting stories of lived experience and schizophrenia:
A New ‘Soteria House’ – an inpatient care program supporting people in crisis with a focus on relationships rather than medication, has open in Vermont. Learn more about it and the history of Soteria Houses here:
- Psychosis Links website: Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis – highly trauma informed course – currently free and recommended by a friend
“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”
― George Carlin
Take care, get involved, and say hello!