Forums are a great place for people to share their experiences and build connections. However, if you - or someone you know - is struggling to cope it's a good idea to find some extra support.
If you need help quickly
If you're worried about your safety, or the safety of someone else it's really important to reach out and get some help.
Undertanding Voices has a good page on finding support quickly. It includes calling 999, 111 or accessing supportive helplines (e.g. samaritans). It helps explain what to expect.
Our page on getting help & support also gives information on how you can get help from your GP and your rights:
If you're wanting to find out the location of a Hearing Voices Group
If you're in England, check out our list of groups. It is organised by area. We do not run the groups ourselves, so are reliant on people telling us about changes. We always suggest that people contact the facilitators before attending the group - so they can check out that it suits them and to make sure the day/time is correct.
If you're from the US, we have a sister organisation called Hearing Voices Network USA that also houses a list of groups. You can contact them if there isn't a group in your area. They also offer online groups (that can be accessed from anywhere in the world).
If you're from another country, please see Intervoice's National Networks page. Intervoice is a charity set up to support the international Hearing Voices Movement. There are networks in many countries of the world, so it's a good place to connect with.
If you, or someone you care about, is struggling to cope you may find some of the following resources useful. We will get back to you individually when we can, but until then we hope that these resources give you a starting point. If you need support to get through a crisis - please read the info on getting support (above). You don't need to go through this alone.
Understanding Voices: Living with Voices section: https://understandingvoices.com/living-with-voices/ Includes coping strategy toolkit, managing difficult voices at work/study and plenty of information written by people who hear voices for people who hear voices. The rest of the site has useful information as well.
Rethink Advice Line: 0300 5000 927: Open Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 1.00pm, offers practical advice and information
For Young People
Voice Collective: www.voicecollective.co.uk (aimed at children and young people under the age of 25, but has a great range of strategies and ideas for all. They also run a support forum for people under 25 and their supporters (see their website for more info). For those able to get to London, they support a small network of peer support groups and can offer some individual support (email, phone and in person).