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Online resources

​A collection of websites, videos, apps and podcasts about hearing voices as well as mental health and wellbeing.​​​​​

 Websites

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Understanding voices

This website explores different approaches to voice-hearing and practical techniques for managing distressing voices. It also provides information for families, friends and carers.

External Linkhttps://unde​rstandingvoices.com/

 

Intervoice

This website shares resources on hearing voices, ways to cope with challenging voices and also explores the positive aspects to voice hearing experiences.

External Linkhttp://www.intervoiceonline.org/

 

Living life gently

Blog post by Elisabeth Svanholmer sharing reflections, news and resources relating to hearing voices, compassion, body work, mindfulness and much more.

External Linkwww.livinglifegently.wordpress.com

 

Hearing voices network

Website of the UK Hearing Voices Network which shares helpful resources on hearing voices, visions and other perceptual experiences and provides platforms to connect, raise awareness and advocate.

External Linkhttp://www.hearing-voices.org/


Compassion for voices

A website that supports and promotes compassionate approaches towards voice hearing and other experiences. 

External Linkhttp://compassionforvoices.com/
 

Uniting Prahran (Voices Vic)

Voices Vic is a state-wide award winning and research supported specialist program led by people with a lived experience, which seeks to improve the lives of people who hear voices.

External Linkhttps://www.unitingprahran.org.au/ourservices/voices-vic/#page_1

 

Perth Voices Clinic

A Perth based clinic founded by Murdoch University that provides support services to voice hearers. This website also offers additional resources and forums to connect voice hearers and carers.

External Linkhttps://perthvoicesclinic.com.au/resources-for-voice-hearers-and-carers/

Rufus May

Rufus May, a clinical psychologist, offers holistic and compassionate approaches towards hearing and engaging with voices. 

External Linkwww.rufusmay.com


​​University Of Melbourne

​A free short course for clinicians, introducing several contemporary explanatory models of psychosis. 


General Well-Being

 

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provides information and support to help Australians overcome mental health challenges and improve their quality of life. This website contains evidence based resources and strategies to support mental health and wellbeing.

External Linkhttps://beyondblue.org.au/

 

The Black Dog Institute well-being p​age  

The Black Dog Institute provides support and pathways for those encountering challenges with their mental health. This website provides a wealth of evidenced based information and tools to help people understand mental illness and how to seek support if needed.
External Linkhttps://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

 

Batyr

This website is developed by young people for young people, aimed at overcoming the stigma of mental illness. It encouraging youth to speak up, connect and share their lived experience stories.

External Linkhttps://www.batyr.com.au/

 

Sane

This website provides information about mental illness, recovery stories and provides platforms to connect with support services and peers in times of need.

External Linkhttps://www.sane.org/
 

LELAN

This website explores the lived experience leadership & advocacy network. It provides information, articles, blogs and platforms to connect with other with a lived experience of mental illness. 

External Linkhttps://www.lelan.org.au/
 

Human Kind Meditation

Free guided meditations and wellness strategies

External Linkhttps://www.humankindmeditation.com/

 Videos

​​Hearing Voices


Hearing Voices Support Groups Connect and Heal

A video on the role of Hearing Voices Support Groups and the positive influence of connecting with others with shared experiences.

External Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQnoVdKkWvQ 

 

What it's like to hear voices

This video shares unique journeys of voice hearers, their insights into this experience and strategies they find helpful to cope. It also explores the family and carer's perspective.

External Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPHXx8VMhMM&fbclid=IwAR1hL2R0bwt_M1Dv7gB6sdpjjT1pl_cxGsBUKst8M3StA8EpdXbU7rgergI

 

Compassion for voices

An animated video which explores using a compassionate approach to help manage distressing voices and create a more respectful relationship with them.

External Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRqI4lxuXAw&feature=youtu.be

 

'Voices Matter' by Mad in America validating the experience of Hearing Voices

'Voices Matter' is a documentary about the global Hearing Voices Movement, filmed at the 2012 World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff, Wales.

External Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVUHDrsnOlI

 

I hear I hear, what you don't hear. An animation about voice hearing

An informative animation that explains the varied experiences of hearing voices, as well as the statistics, explanations, science and cultural interpretations of hearing voices.

External Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnlvkJ0pmHM

 

'Engaging with Voices  

A videos series that explores compassion focused techniques and guided dialogue in engaging with voices. It aims to help people develop compassionate relationships with their voices.

External Linkhttp://engagingwithvoices.com/

 

Hearing Voices Documentary: Living with Voices

A UK based documentary that explores people's lived experiences with hearing voices.

External Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68kk01K55fU

 

Rufus May - Living Mindfully with Voices

Rufus May shares his work using mindfulness, compassion and engaging with voices to help ease distress and live alongside voices more peacefully.

External Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNp-7DT2u8E

 

Voices Vic - Madness: A Meaningful Journey

A short documentary about what it is like to hear voices directed by people who have lived experiences of hearing voices.

External Linkhttps://youtu.be/ffNy2zfkjnk

 

Paranoia and Voice Hearing - Peter Bullimore:

Peter Bullimore talks about how traumatic events in life can trigger paranoia and hearing voices. He explores helpful ways to support voice hearers by listening and understanding their life events.

External Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjco2wvOTLo

 

Coping with distress

 

Self Soothe

​This video explores ways to self soothe when you're feeling distressed, unsafe or not coping so well. It explores our five senses and brainstorms activities you could try help soothe your mind and body.

External Linkhttps://youtu.be/CwnHez9TC6c

 

TIPP skill

This video explores the TIPP Skill (originating from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) which aims to help ease distress or emotions when they become so intense you don't feel safe or can think clearly.

External Linkhttps://y​outu.be/UuvH_j9O0f4

 Apps & Podcasts


Apps 

 

Mental Health and wellbeing

Headspace - Provides easy to follow guided breathing, meditation and mindfulness exercises.

Mentemia -  A digital mental wellbeing coach that provides tools and tips to cope with most common life stressors including poor sleep, anxiety and stress.

Mindshift - Provides users with tools and information on anxiety, relaxation techniques and developing more helpful ways of thinking.

CBT Thought Diary - Mood Tracker, Journal & Record. A 'thought record' guides you through the steps of identifying and challenging negative thinking patterns.

WellMind – Helps users track and cope with stress, anxiety and depression and provides information on mental health and wellbeing.

 

Relaxation and Mindfulness

Smiling Mind- Provides tools and guided practices to help people live a more balanced life through mindfulness, meditation, breathing exercises and tips to manage stress.

Calm – Aims to help user to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing. It provides information and guided practices for meditation, mindfulness, meditation and sleep routines.

Mindfulness coach- Provides a gradual, self-guided training program designed to help you understand and adopt a simple mindfulness practice.

My Life Meditation: mindfulness – Offers meditation and mindfulness, daily wellness check-ins and suggests activities personalised to how you're feeling.

 

Podcasts 

 

I Hear Voices 

Alice shares her experiences of hearing 15 different voices, their different personalities and how she has learned to live alongside them.

External Linkhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05q82d8/episodes/downloads


Voices in your head

This podcast explores a theory that describes how words and thoughts move from speech outside our heads to speech inside our heads.

External Linkhttps://www.wnycstudios.org/story/93554-voices-in-your-head


Hearing voices: the science of auditory verbal hallucinations

A weekly science podcast on how auditory verbal hallucinations can be studied in the lab.

External Linkhttps://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2017/jul/19/hearing-voices-the-science-of-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-science-weekly-podcast?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other


Voices in the dark

Chris Chapman explores voices- what it's like to hear them, what they are, and different explanations and understandings of why people hear voices.

External Linkhttps://mosaicscience.com/story/hearing-voices/

 

Mental Health    

Not alone

Every day Australians talk about their mental health journey to help people feel more connected and less alone in their experiences.

External Linkhttps://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/not-alone

 

All in the mind

A weekly podcast that explores mental health, the mind, brain and behaviour.

External Linkhttps://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/

 

Mr Feels: A Mental health Podcast

This podcast aims to break the barriers and stigmas surrounding mental illness. It provides an open and honest dialogue covering a range of mental health topics and lived experience stories.

External Linkhttps://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/mr-feels-a-mental-health-podcast/id1267587255

  

Mentally Yours

The host's interview guests to share their unique stories of mental illness igniting a sense of hope and survival.​

External Linkhttps://podcasts.ap​ple.com/au/podcast/mentally-yours/id1227701964



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