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Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ Te Reo Orooro

Mental Health & Addictions Service

Description

Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ – Te Reo Orooro is an Independent Incorporated Society and a Registered Charity (independent of mental health services). Whilst called the Hearing Voices Network, we also include people who experience visions, other sensory experiences and realities, in our outline of services. We provide:

  • Information
  • Research
  • Resources
  • Peer support groups
  • Public awareness events
  • Workshops and training
  • General support 
  • Free newsletter.

Our intention is to provide a better understanding of what the voice hearing/vision experience is like for people, reduce stigma regarding the experiences and to share research and practical advice and ways that people can live with and better understand their experiences.

Our organisation is run by a committee and we have members who are:

  • Voice hearers
  • Friends and family
  • Caregivers
  • Mental health workers who support the Hearing Voices Network philosophy
  • Concerned citizens.

We link in with a worldwide network of Hearing Voices networks, linked through an international organisation co-ordinated by INTERVOICE (See www.intervoiceonline.org). It was inspired by Professor Marius Romme and Sandra Escher authors of “Making Sense of Voices”, “Accepting Voices” and "Living with Voices - 50 stories of Recovery". A quote from Marius Romme conveys the purpose behind the setting up of the networks:

“Groups need to be established in each country where people can talk about hearing voices…it takes groups of people with the same experience to change attitudes…in America and England at the moment, psychiatrists are conducting themselves as parents. My goal is not to change psychiatry, not to change parents but to offer the hearers of voices an organisation through which they can emancipate themselves.” (Romme 1990)

Programmes

Hearing Voices Peer Support Groups

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whanau support

Regions

Wellington, West Auckland, South Auckland

Age Groups

Adult

Referral Types

Self referral

Description

Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ – Te Reo Orooro hold Hearing Voices Peer Support Groups throughout the North Island.  Visit our website to find a group near you or details on how to start a group in your area.

Who are the Hearing Voices Peer Support Groups for?
People with personal experience of hearing voices, seeing visions or having other unusual sensory experiences.

“I used to think that I was the only person this is happening to.  The group helped me realise that there are others out there with similar experiences.  I am not alone.”

Hearing Voices Peer Support Groups are:

  • A safe and confidential space to meet other people with similar experiences
  • Relaxed and flexible
  • Open to different ideas about voices and visions
  • Open to positive experiences, as well as distressing and difficult ones
  • We know that there is more to you than your voices or visions.  In the group, you can talk about whatever’s important to you
  • Groups are organised by voice hearers for voice hearers

For upcoming workshops click here

Contact Details

Postal Address

64 Kiwi Road
Point Chevalier
Auckland 1022

This page was last updated at 1:16PM on June 25, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ Te Reo Orooro.