Posts Tagged Hearing Voices

Creating a new voice

Creating a new voice

One morning in 2009 I was sitting in the psych ward, working out ways to kill myself, when something unexpected and creative happened to reawaken my lost hope.

I was being plagued by a terrifying voice in my head. I thought I was evil and had to be destroyed. The psychiatrist had ignored what I wanted and needed and was putting me back on medication and forcing me to stop my trauma therapy. I was despairing. In the midst of this seemingly inescapable torment, I was visited by someone who showed me a way out. Something unexpected, creative and new.

I wonder if there is anyone who could job-share with the judge? You know, so he’s not so alone? Could you create another voice to work with the Judge?

Trigger warning: This article talks about self-harm, suicide and child abuse, although it does not go into detail. It may be distressing for some people to read.

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Join a research project & help improve our knowledge about trauma and mental health

A Melbourne research project is looking at how mental health services ask about and respond to trauma for people who hear voices. Hopefully research like this will help our mental health services become better at responding to trauma.   Are you interested in adding your story to this research? You can become a participant of the project if: Kath Sellick, the researcher, is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, and she is a past colleague and current friend of mine. Kath is a passionate advocate for a better mental health system that respects diversity, and I think she […]

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