Intervoice: The International Hearing Voices Movement

INTERVOICE - The international community for hearing voices.

1. About the Facebook Group

This is a FaceBook group, rather than a page.

That means it is a collection of people who are interested in, or belong to, INTERVOICE (The international Network for Training, Education and Research into Hearing Voices) and the International Hearing Voices Movement.

Please note that anyone on Facebook can see and join the group (although we moderate all requests to join).

Only members can post.

Open groups such as this one appear in search results and all content that members post (ex: photos, videos and files) is visible to anyone viewing the group. For instance your FB Friends can see that you've joined an open group in their news feed.

The ideas and views expressed here aren't necessarily the ideas and views of the INTERVOICE board (http://www.intervoiceonline.org/about-intervoice/meet-the-board-2-) they are the ideas and views of its many and diverse members.

We want this group to be open as one of our goals is to change the way wider society regards the experience of hearing voices

If that is a concern for you then you could open another FB account using an alias.

Also if there are issues that you would rather not share in an open group you could do so in our membership forums (see "More in-depth Discussion" below.

There are a lot of postings in this Group so you may wish to turn off "Notifications" and visit the page to see updated posts (see top of right hand side the page and turn off).

2. Respect for each others views

Whilst it's fine to disagree about beliefs - this group is not a place for personal attacks/jibes or insults (even when we feel hurt or sensitive).

Let's keep this group a respectful place to be. Each of us has probably experienced more than our fair share of exclusion, stigma and trauma in this life - let's be interested in each other's experiences and perspectives, share ideas and news.

Equally, we are all on our own path to making sense of things in our own way - if you are a member of this group and feel that the news or experiences shared don't match your own - post something that you're interested in or that you want to share with others. The contents of this group comes from its members, not Intervoice, and there are over 1000 of us! I'm sure there is more diversity out there than we see.

3. More in-depth Discussion

If you are struggling with your voices and want somewhere you can talk more in depth about them (facebook isn't always the best forum for long discussions as it can get a bit confusing) there are a number of support/discussion forums related to this movement, including the
Hearing Voices Forum: (http://www.mentalhealthforum.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?99-Hearing-Voices)

and the English Hearing Voices Network Forum (www.hvn.forumatic.com).

4. Moderation

Whilst we don't moderate discussions harshly (believing that we are all responsible for ourselves and that disagreements often work out when the different parties have a chance to sort it out themselves), there is a line. We will remove posts that are insulting or attacking - although this has been rarely necessary on this group so far. We would rather, though, that we all think about what we post on here and treat each other with respect.

5. About the Hearing Voices Movement

There are National Hearing Voices Networks in 26 countries and the movement is one of the fastest growing peer support/campaign groups in the world.

The national hearing voices networks are supported by INTERVOICE which acts as an international coordinating body. INTERVOICE is governed by a board made up of people who voices and experts by profession.

INTERVOICE holds an annual World Congress on Hearing Voices (see events) and a World Hearing Voices Day on the 14th September.

It also has its own website http://www.intervoiceonline.org/

6. About the hearing voices approach

We have found there are many people who hear voices, yet are not troubled by them or have found their own ways of coping with them outside of psychiatric care. This is very significant as it shows you can hear voices and remain healthy.

However, there are also significant numbers of voice hearers who are overwhelmed by the negative and disempowering aspects of the experience. The experience of hearing voices prevents some people from living a fulfilled life in society (especially those in psychiatric and social care) and can lead to having a very poor quality of life.

We seek to enable voice hearers troubled by their experience to change their relationship and attitude to their voices and to take up their lives again. We also want to ensure that our innovatory approach is better known by professionals, family members and friends.

We have spent the last 20 years trying to better understand why some people can cope with the experience and others can’t. We have discovered that those people who are not able to cope with their voices, on the whole have not been able to cope with the traumatic events that lay at the roots of their voice hearing experience.

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

7. More information

For more information about the hearing voices approach and to contact networks in your own country visit our website http://www.intervoiceonline.org/

You can also join our Twitter page for daily updates at https://twitter.com/VoicesUnLtd

For information about the media and hearing voices we have set up a sister Hearing Voices Media Watch FB page https://www.facebook.com/HVMMediaWatch