Newsletter November 2014
Hearing Voices Network Cymru offers support and understanding to people who hear voices and see visions those who care about them
Mae Rhwydwaith Clywed Lleisiau Cymru yn cynnig cefnogaeth a dealltwriaeth i unigolion sy’n clywed lleisiau ac i’r rhai sydd yn eu cefnogi
Welcome to our Newsletter
Croeso o Sir Benfro,un o'r ardaloedd mwyaf prydferth o rhan ei harddwch naturiol yn y byd.
Welcome from Pembrokeshire, one of the most beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty in the world.
Croeso i'r Cylchllythyr yma gan Rhwydwaith Clywed Lleisiau Cymru. Diolch yn fawr iawn am eich diddordeb ac am eich cefnogaeth tuag at ein gwaith ni yng Nghymru a lleoedd eraill. Nadolig Llawen a phob dymuniad da am y Flwyddyn Newydd. Mae'r mudiad clywed lleisiau yn wneud gwaith pwysig ac arloesol yn y byd.
Welcome to this Newsletter from Hearing Voices Network Cymru. Thank you very much for your interest and your support towards our work in Wales and elsewhere. Merry Christmas and every good wish for the New Year. The Hearing Voices Movement does important and pioneering work in the world.
Hywel Davies Chairman of Hearing Voices Network Cymru
This Newsletter is the second one we have published in 2014. As with our last newsletter published in May we are sending this to you as a supporter of the movement to let you know about developments in Wales and throughout the worldwide Hearing Voices Movement.
In this edition you will find:
- A report on the recent World Hearing Voices Congress held in Thessalonika, Greece in October 2014
- The Thessalonika Hearing Voices Declaration 2014
- A report on the International Mental Health Collaborating Network's Recovery into Practice Conference held at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthen in October
- Videos of the presentations made at the World Hearing Voices Congress
- A new People section on our website where we acknowledge the many supporters and activists of the Hearing Voices Movement over the last twenty seven years
- Our plans for 2015 including a Conference to be held in Wales for Young People who hear voices and see visions.
- The Hearing Voices Information Resource Pack Fund 2015
We hope you will enjoy our newsletter. If you know someone who would like to receive a copy please forward it to them or suggest they subscribe via our website.
6th World Hearing Voices Congress, Greece 2014
The 6th World Hearing Voices Congress was held in Thessaloniki, Greece on the 10th - 12th October 2014. The Congress was a very successful and moving event. It was attended by 300 people including voice hearers, family members, professionals and researchers in the field of mental health, as well as anyone else interested in the experience of hearing voices
The Congress included research presentations, life stories, stories of recovery, talks about local networks and initiatives, experiential workshops and interactive sessions. It was a place of coming together, discussing, exchanging ideas and sharing experience between people from many countries, perspectives and paths of life.
You can see the videos of the presentations here
The next World Hearing Voices Congress will take place in 2015 in Madrid, Spain. For more information check out the INTERVOICE website here
The Thessalonika Hearing Voices Declaration 2014
The Thessalonika Declaration was put together by the delegates atttending the 6th World Hearing Voices Congress on the 12th October 2014.
Here is an extract from the declaration:
We met in Thessaloniki because our lives have value. Our voices have value and acquire meaning when they encounter other voices. We demand and we create safe spaces for our dignity and our quality of life together with others and not against others. We consider ourselves a part of a living movement of solidarity and mutual respect, which comes as a response to the one-sidedness of biological approaches. We are, thus, a political and a multi-cultural movement. The experience of voices is not a personal, but a collective matter: it concerns family, friends, professionals, the whole society.
Read the full declaration here
A Conference for Young People Who Hear Voices for West Wales
John Stacey from the Hearing Voices Network Cymru and the facilitator of the Pembrokeshire Hearing Voices group is helping to plan a conference for and about children and young people who hear voices and see visions. Rachel Waddingham a voice hearer and trainer who has worked with the Voice Collective Project in London, England will be the keynote speaker. The aim of the conference is to stimulate interest in the needs of children and young people who hear voices and see visions and their families in West Wales. The conference is being funded by Hearing Voices Network Cymru.
For futher information contact John Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org
New information on our website ...
Have you visited our website recently? We now receive about 90 visits a day. This is quite an accomplishment for a small organisation and reflects the care and attention we pay to updating the content and adding new material.
You can leave messages on our website pages - we'd love to hear from you.
We continue to add new information we hope you will find interesting. You can visit our website here .
We would like to hear your views about the site and any ideas you have for information that could be added in the future. We would also be grateful if you could spread the word about the website and if you have your own site, FaceBook page or Twitter account please spread the word and add a link to our site.
The website now includes sections about (click on the green heading link to go to the page):
People * NEW *
Open Dialogue Open dialogue is way of working with people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis (and who may hear voices). As a process it offers a different way of understanding the reasons for the experience and an effective and empowering way to find resolution. On this page we describe this approach and provide links to more resources on this important and innovative way of working.
Spiritual Crisis and Breakthrough We understand that our psychological and spiritual wellbeing are intertwined. For this reason we have produced this information about spiritual crisis and breakthrough.
Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions.
We also have new sections on medication and nutrition.
We have put together a list of the many people who make up the hearing voices movement. So far we have listed about 190 people. We have done this in recognition of the significance of their work and lives. It is an acknowledgement of the many individual contributions that have been made since 1987 to improve the the lives of people who hear voices and see visions.
We have provided a photograph and a short biography of each individual listed, unless we have been unable to find one. This is by no means a completed list and you are welcome to nominate yourself or other people you know.
We have dedicated this page to the many people, the voice hearers, experts by profession, friends and family members, known and unknown, who have played and continue to play an important role in the development of the worldwide hearing voices movement.
Lady Gaga talking about her hearing voices experiences on "The Graham Norton Show" and how she harnessed her voices to enhance her creativity.
See the clip here
For more about notable people who hear voices go here
Hearing Voices Information Resource Pack Fund 2015
Hearing Voices Network Cymru (Wales) has a fund to provide free Hearing Voices Books – DVD Resource Packs. The fund will be inviting applications for 2015 from January. This is the fifth year the fund has been running. We invite applications from around the world and the pack is provided free of charge to successful applicants.
To date 280 Hearing Voices Resource packs have been sent out to recipients from 35 countries.
You can find further information about the Pack and how to apply here
World Map of Hearing Voices Groups
HVN Cymru has put together a world map that provides a visual aid to where you can locate local, regional and national hearing voices groups and networks. 100's of groups are listed and can be found easily.
Recovery into Practice - One Year One Conference, National Botanic Gardens, Carmarthenshire, October 30th - 31st 2014
Hearing Voices Network Cymru is proud to be a member of the International Mental Health Collaborating Network. We played an important part in the hosting of the Whole Life Recovery Conference held recently in West Wales. More than 180 people were present at a conference where presenters from England, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia Palestine and Wales shared examples of practice that assisted people in their recovery journeys.
The conference was a great success and the feedback form participants has been overwhelmingly positive. We hope that this conference, the second one we have supported will bring about real change in the way services are provided and establish real and lasting partnerships between communities families, people who use services, practitioners and services.
Hywel Davies, the chairman of Hearing Voices Network Cymru gave a speech at the conference that you can read here
Hearing the Voice Research Project
Hearing the Voice is an ambitious, interdisciplinary research project that aims to provide a better understanding of the experience of hearing voices. It is based at Durham University, England. You can find out more about their work here and subscribe to their regularly updated blog page here
Join our Facebook page for people who hear voices, family members, friends and workers in Wales and throughout the world can find out more about the hearing voices approach. The FB page now has 227 followers and provides information and news for who voices and those who live and work with voice hearers. The FB page can be found here
. Please visit and click on "Like".
Hearing Voices Network Cymru Groups
If you are interested in attending a Hearing Voices Self Help/Support Group then look below and see if there is a group in your area or check out our News and Events pages.
If there are none listed then please contact us, we may have some more up to date information, or be able to support you in setting up a group yourself.
Is your group listed here? If not please let us know where and when you meet and your contact details.
- Bangor Hearing Voices Group Tel: Mike 01248 360490
- Sounds Interesting Group, Brecon, The Loft, 3 Bell Lane, Brecon LD3 9EE, Melanie Wright tel: 0790 052 3276 email@example.com
- Cardiff Hearing Voices Group Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07521 694 234. More information here
- Carmarthenshire Hearing Voices Group Nyfed 01239 841823
- Colwyn Bay Hearing Voices Group: Heather Russell-Hughes tel: 07812 – 108128 email : email@example.com
- LLanelli Hearing Voices Group – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01554 752751
- Voices and Visions: Newport (Gwent) Hearing Voices Group - Maria Saleem - email@example.com or tel: 07975528367
- North Wales Hearing Voices Group: Hafal, Nant Y Gamar Road, Craig Y Don, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 1YE, tel: 07812108128
- Mid Powys Mind Hearing Voices Group: Mid Powys Mind, Crescent Chambers, South Crescent, Llandrindod Wells,Powys LD1 5ES, tel: 07900520852
- Mold Hearing Voices Group: Pwll Glas, Pwll Glas Road, Mold, Flintshire CH7 1RA, tel: 01244 834921 or tel: 01352 750252
- Pembrokeshire Hearing Voices Group: Lydia 01437 769982, Hywel 0753 1454376, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Porthmadog Hearing Voices Group: Heather Russell-Hughes tel: 07812 – 108128 email: email@example.com
- Port Talbot Hearing Voices Group, Every Wednesday between 1pm – 3pm at Hafal, Commercial Road, Taibach, Port Talbot, South Wales SA13 1LN contact Jayne Whitney tel: 01639 862517 or Steven Arnold at Hafal, tel: 01639 899122 for more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wrexham Hearing Voices Group: Brighter Futures, 3 Belmont Road, Wrexham, North Wales LL13 7PW, Contact Tony Scannell or Caroline David at 01978 726730 or email them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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