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Since the start of the Hearing Voices Movement back in the 1980s, we have amassed a wealth of information resources that available for free on the internet. Some of these will be downloadable from this site (where we have permission from the authors to do this). Others will be linked to form this site.

We are not responsible for the content of any resource created by an external agency. However, we will endeavour to only link to content that we feel will interest our membership. If you notice any content which you find worrying, please let us know so that we can review its place on this page.

Coping With Voices

Hearing Voices Coping Strategies

Manchester Hearing Voices Group  Download Sheet

The sheet lists suggestions for coping with the experiences of hearing voices, and seeing visions and having tactile sensations. It is hoped some of these ideas can help you, or someone you care about, towards living positively with these experiences and to maintain a sense of ownership over them.

Remember that you are not alone: Research shows that 4% of people hear voices, this is the same number as have asthma. Voice hearers throughout history have included a great many influential people: religious prophets, doctors and psychologists, philosophers, artists, poets, explorers and politicians. This list was compiled by the Manchester Hearing Voices Group.

Coping strategies posterStrategies for Coping with Distressing Voices

Hearing Voices Network Australia Download Sheet

A list of ideas for coping with difficult voices compiled by people who hear voices from the national network in Australia.

Whilst every person who hears voices is different, and finds different strategies useful, we hope this might give you some ideas to work with.

Better Sleep BookletBetter Sleep for Voice Hearers

York Hearing Voices Group Download Sleep Booklet

Many voice hearers report problems sleeping. Poor sleep can mean not being able to fall asleep in the first place, waking during the night, waking up too early or not feeling refreshed on waking.

It is common for voice hearers to report that their voices are worse at night, and that the night time means they cannot use their usual coping strategies such as going for a walk. People are also often alone at night, lacking distraction, and in trying to unwind for the night, their lack of occupation may bring on their voices.

This booklet, written by voice-hearers for voice-hearers, provides some tips and guidance on how people manage difficulties sleeping because of voices, visions or intrusive thoughts.

Young People

Cover of Parents Booklet

Voices & Visions #1: A straight talking introduction for parents and carers of children and young people who hear voices

Voice Collective, 2012  Download Booklet No. 1

A pdf booklet aimed at parents/supporters, but also suitable for anyone else who wants to understand a bit more about voices and visions. Includes an overview of the range of experiences people can have, how this can affect them and basic tips on how to speak with your child about them.

Cover of Parents Booklet 2Voices & Visions #2: A guide to coping and recovery for parents and carers of children and young people who hear voices

Voice Collective, 2012  Download Booklet No. 2

A pdf booklet aimed at parents/supporters, but also suitable for anyone else who wants to understand more about how young people can learn to cope with difficult voices and visions. Includes a range of strategies, including finding safety, expressing yourself and taking the power back.

Useful Reports

BPS Understanding PsychosisUnderstanding Psychosis & Schizophrenia

British Psychological Society, 2014 (Updated 2017) Download BPS Report

Published by the British Psychological Society, this booklet presents “an overview of the current state of knowledge in the field, concluding that psychosis can be understood and treated in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness”.

Read more about the report here

PTMF CoverPower Threat Meaning Framework

Johnstone, L. & Boyle, M. (2018)

Download PTMF Overview

Published by the British Psychological Society, this document is an overview of the PTM framework. Drawing upon a variety of models, practices and philosophical traditions, its aim is to inform and expand existing approaches by offering a fundamentally different perspective on the origins, experience and expression of emotional distress and troubled or troubling behaviour. It is the result of a working group consisting of people with, and without, experience of psychiatric diagnosis.

Read more about the publication/project here