Hearing voices and feeling paranoid -- Common Experiences, Often a Reaction to Trauma, Abuse or Deprivation according to the British Psychological Society which also says that there is no clear dividing line between psychosis and normal experience. The report also highlights the "vital" importance of individuals being given the opportunity to “talk in detail about their experiences and to make sense of what has happened to them”. The American professional commumnity is moving toward this view. We highly recommend this brief article.
Here in Westchester, we will shortly introduce the "Hearing Voices Network" concepts to the community with the goal of launching Hearing Voices groups to provide individuals with the the opportunity to talk about and understand their voice-hearing experiences. Stay tuned for details about our introductory webinar and group facilitator training.
What Is Peer Support?
Peer support creates opportunities for growth and recovery through connection. It provides mutual assistance that occurs through relationships that are based on respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. It is about understanding another’s situation empathically through the shared experience of emotional and psychological pain. Sherry Mead provides a beautifully written description of Peer Support as well as a peek into a new workbook / curriculum.
Interested in learning more? MHA offers Peer Specialist Training and preparation for NYS Certification as a Peer Specialist.