About This Event
When? Thursday 24 July, 7.00 – 9.00pm
Where? The Alexander Centre, 15-17 Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8NY
If you believe what’s written about people who hear voices in the media, you might think that people who hear voices are either violent or tragic victims of severe mental illness.
As is often the case, this is not the whole story (or even the largest part of it). Voice-hearers can be found in all walks of life including: plumbers … footballers … musicians … revolutionaries. Many people hear voices that don’t cause them problems. But, even those who hear distressing and overwhelming voices can find ways of dealing with them and reclaiming their lives.
Unfortunately these misconceptions and the stigma surrounding the experience can leave people who hear voices feeling like a ‘freak’, unable to open up and get support if they need it.
This talk and discussion evening gives you the unique chance to look behind the headlines and hear the ‘real’ story.
Come along and:
- Find out what it’s like to hear voices or see visions
- Hear about a fresh approach to understanding voices & visions
- Find out about how people can learn to cope with difficult experiences
- Hear Rachel’s story of recovery from overwhelming voices & visions
- Think about how we can better support children, young people & adults who hear voices in Faversham and beyond
Download: Faversham Event Flyer
Rai began seeing visions as a child and hearing voices in her late teens. After ‘breaking down’ at university, she was diagnosed with ‘schizophrenia’ – a dianogsis she no longer identifies with. Aged 26, Rai still hears voices. She works as manager of the London Hearing Voices Project (working with young people and people in prison who hear voices). She is an international trainer, media spokesperson, real ale geek and lives a life that she loves.
This Event is Suitable For:
Anyone interested in understanding more about voices & visions. This might include:
- people who work in health and social care (e.g. youth workers, probation, mental health professionals, counsellors and social workers)
- people who work in education (including teachers, SENCOs and learning mentors)
- people who have a personal interest in voice-hearing and mental health (including people with personal experiences of hearing voices, their family and friends)
- anyone within our community who would like to find out more