QUESTION: I am a supporter of someone who hears voices or has other unusual sensory experiences. Can I come to the support group too?
Yes, support group participants are welcome to bring their supporters with them.
As well, the study club is open to everyone, even people in the community who just happen to be interested.
QUESTION: I am a student interested in learning more. Can I come to the groups?
You are welcome to come to the study club, but the support groups are meant for people seeking support for themselves and for those that come to support them.
QUESTION: Do I have to rsvp or register for one of the groups based on the hearing voices network?
No you do not have to rsvp or register. All of our groups are drop in groups, though you may want to join the e-list for the study club by phoning 504-708-5276 and leaving your name, email address and indicating you wish to be added to the list. This will ensure you get reminders about the study club and any reading material we will be discussing emailed to you.
QUESTION: I didn’t read the article the study club will be discussing. Can I still come?
Yes, you are still welcome to come and take part in our discussion even if you haven’t read the article scheduled to be discussed. As well, please be aware sometimes we watch a video or listen to a podcast together and then discuss that instead of discussing an article.
QUESTION: I am not a mental health services client, but I have unusual sensory experiences. Can I come to the support groups?
Yes, you are welcome to come. You do not have to be a mental health team client in order to attend.
QUESTION: Do I have to have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, or some other mental health condition in order to come?
You are welcome to come. Our groups are open to everyone who has unusual sensory experiences regardless of cause.
QUESTION: What is the difference between the support groups and the study club?
The support groups are meant for people with unusual sensory experiences to share their experiences and insights among peers and find support. The study club can also be a source of support and people do share personal experience, but is focused around discussing an article, video or podcast related to the international hearing voices network. The study club is more of a discussion group than a support group. Also, the support groups are geared toward those with unusual sensory experiences seeking support whereas the study club is open to anyone.