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We’re excited to announce that we’re running a free one day conference in London in association with the British Psychological Society. Please download and share our flyer and encourage anyone you think may be interested to come along.

Download: Living Life Beyond Diagnosis Flyer

Living Life Beyond Diagnosis: Experiences, Ideas & Practicalities

Flyer26th January 2017 10.00*am – 4.45pm
*Registration from 9.30am

@ Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard London, EC2A 3EA

This free* one day conference, supported by the BPS, provides an opportunity to explore the value of, and problems with, psychiatric diagnosis. Using some alternative ways of understanding, and responding, to emotional crises without diagnosis as inspiration, we will explore some of the challenging personal and social implications of moving beyond psychiatric diagnosis. This is not a conference aiming for a single unified voice – it provides a welcoming space to explore these issues.


– Katie Mottram (Spiritual Crisis Network) on understanding mental health difficulties as a spiritual transformation or breakthrough.

– John Read (BPS) on a conceptual alternative to diagnosis that brings together issues of power, threat response and personal meaning.

– Iseult Twamley (Open Dialogue, West Cork) on an approach that sees ‘psychosis’ as existing in the space between people.

Panel discussions and spaces to think about issues around diagnosis, including: identity, validation, navigating benefits, access to support, the law and much more.

We welcome anyone who has personal, or professional interest in psychiatric diagnoses. Whilst we are the National Hearing Voices Network, this conference explores the whole range of experiences that could lead to someone recieving a diagnosis.

Hearing Voices Groups that are current members of HVN can apply for a first-come-first-served limited bursary to contribute towards travel costs. Please email us for more details (

HVN Annual General Meeting

National Hearing Voices Network is a registered charity (no. 1094021). We are having our AGM after this event, from 5.00 – 5.30pm in the same venue and you are welcome to join us.

*Whilst this conference is provided for free, HVN is a charity and we really welcome any donation that you would like to offer to support our work. You can contribute a donation when booking, or on the day. Thank you!

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