Between 19th & 21st September, hundreds of people from around the world descended on Cardiff, Wales, for the annual World Hearing Voices Congress. This annual event is one of the highlights of my year, and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to go every year since 2009. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet other people who hear voices, see visions and our allies (including friends, families, mental health professionals, academics and other supporters). Each year, I leave the congress feeling inspired at the strength, resilience and sense of community I find there.
During the congress, I spoke to some lovely people from the Open Paradigm Project about my experience of the Hearing Voices Movement and my own journey within it. The following documentary – ‘Voices Matter’ uses some of this interview footage, along with interviews and clips from many other attendees. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Hearing Voices Movement and really getting a feel for the congresses – it’s a great place to start.
You can see the full interview here: Rachel Waddingham – from psychiatric patient to teacher