The Vancouver Visions and Voices Group, based on the International Hearing Voices Network, will be starting up again this fall. If all goes well, we’ll have an October start date. For info call: 604-708-5276.
There’s also a group up and running in North Vancouver. Here’s the scoop on the North Vancouver Group:
Hearing Voices Support Group
This is a relatively new group for anyone who hears or has heard voices – and who would like to talk about it in a non-judgmental, supportive and confidential environment. It is run by an Occupational Therapist and a Peer Support Worker who is a voice hearer, herself, and who has learned how to manage well with this unique experience. Group members share stories, examine the nature of their voices and share ideas on how best to cope while living with their voices.
Here is what members have said about this group:
“It is really hard to talk about my experience with friends or family…but here, I can. It’s so comforting to know I’m not alone.”
“This group is a safe haven for me….I feel calm in this space.”
“I feel more supported here. The attitude we have here makes me view my voices in a different light.”
“I’ve heard voices for 35 years. I’ve never challenged them. I never thought of doing it. I’m interested in trying some new coping strategies.”
If you are a voice hearer, come drop in and check out the group. No referral and no commitment are necessary. Just your openness and curiosity.
In September, the group will be held at a new meeting spot at CMHA in North Vancouver. It will meet every Wednesday for 12 weeks from 2:00 – 3:30 at: Suite 318 – 260 West Esplanade (walking distance from Sea Bus Terminal).
Please call Andrea, Occupational Therapist 604-983-6020 with any questions.
Depiction of Joan of Arc’s voice hearing experience