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Meet Beth! (she/her)


BethBeth is fifty-six years old, lives in a small cottage and loves nothing more than cuddling up to her fifteen year old rescue cat Harry.  She and her husband moved to Australia from overseas 2 years ago as part of their plan to take a step back from work, travel and engage in some new projects. ​

Beth adores reading, especially the classics, and can easily finish a novel in a day. After retiring as an English teacher, she decided she wanted to continue to ​inspire a love of reading in young people and give back to her community. She started volunteering at her local library, running reading groups for children. Although it takes up quite a bit of her time now, she doesn't mind as spending time with the children is often the highlight of her week!

Just after moving to Australia, sadly Beth's husband Andy passed away. She felt very alone as all her family and most of her friends were overseas. A month after her husband's passing, she began hearing negative and critical voices which she initially struggled to understand or manage. She did some research at her local library and found books and resources about other people who also hear voices. Through reading their stories, she no longer feels so alone in her experience and has learnt some practical strategies to manage the voices and bring back a sense of calm in her life.

On a more challenging day, Beth finds it difficult to get out of the house as the voices tell her bad things will happen to her or that other people are conspiring against her. She uses a compassionate approach to help manage the voices and knows that the critical voices are just an indicator that she is feeling stressed or anxious. At times when she needs to quieten the voices, she uses practical strategies such as singing and keeping busy with cooking and other household tasks.

Beth has found that connecting with spirituality, mindfulness, spending time with her cat Harry and talking to a therapist have been helpful strategies in building a more positive and peaceful relationship with the voices.