An increasing number of people, groups and organisations are becoming concerned with the current paradigm of pathologising and labelling human experiences and understandable reactions to trauma and adversity. In recognition of this, the Hearing Voices Network trustees convened a one day event to bring together people and organisations who seek change to explore:
- what needs to change
- what we can do differently to make it happen
This section of our site shares the event report as well as any new developments that occur within this campaign for real change.
Download and distribute: April 2015 Time For (Real) Change? Event Report
Quotes from participants:
‘I appreciated being here and meeting everyone. I feel like I have a voice. Thank you very much!’
‘I appreciate the way HVN takes leadership and call for HVN to take leadership of the campaign’
‘This is fucking cool. We need to make effort to translate stuff and share knowledge.’
‘I have a bigger perspective on what is known and how I am going to work in services and how to make society a place we can live in’
‘Being here has confirmed everything I have done on my own in mental health research. Because I am a patient I have lost trust in psychiatry. My health is due to my own research’.
Next Steps: Working Group (26 September 2015)
Whilst HVN does not see itself the lead of this initiative, we agreed with attendees of the event that we would host the first working group to ensure that we build some momentum. As such, the first campaign working group will take place on Saturday 26 September from 1.00 – 4.30pm at Freedom From Torture (111 Isledon Road, London, N7 7JW).
This meeting has limited space so we ask that those attending are:
- Inspired by some of the discussions from our April conference.
- Committed to working alongside us, and our allies, to build on our last event to plan a campaign.
- Willing to put time, effort and passion into making this happen.
Download and distribute: Campaign Working Group Invite