I am the person behind the Hearing Voices Network of South Australia, self funded with kind support from the international HV community. I am passionate about the Hearing Voices Movement approach. I first encountered it when supporting a distressed friend who was hearing voices to attend a local group at what was then the Mental Illness Fellowship of SA. Unexpectedly, the group was such a supportive environment with an amazing approach that I stayed on and over time became a co-facilitator. This was fortunate for me as I went on to experience psychosis myself, luckily with a lot of resources and support at my finger tips!
I also write a personal blog in which I share openly about my life, including my experiences of voice hearing and psychosis. To explore those posts, try:
As I’ve learned more about the HVM approaches and ideas, and began to apply them more broadly to other experiences of distress. I studied what worked about the hearing voices groups and used those values to found groups for people struggling with experiences of dissociation, multiplicity, food and/or body image problems, and young same-sex attracted women. Principles of embracing diversity, respectful conversation, freedom to understand your life and to define and pursue your own recovery, and a non-clinical language (ie talking about experiences rather than symptoms) have proved to be highly effective and broadly applicable.
I have delivered talks about hearing voices, the HVM approach, and a non-clinical understandings of distress and diversity for local and international organisations. I am deeply grateful to the many courageous and inspiring people in the HVM, and the frameworks that have encouraged me to understand my experiences in a different light and manage them without fear, shame, or stigma.