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General Interest Meeting September 14th

General Interest Meeting
Come join us for a Hearing Voices NYC General Interest Meeting! General Interest Meetings are different from our Support Groups. They are a place for anyone interested in the Hearing Voices Movement to come & hang out. We welcome voice-hearers, family/friends, clinicans, activists, allies, etc.
What to expect? : 

A simple circle of chairs & group diaglogue about voice-hearing and building up the HVN community in NYC. All welcome.

When: September 14th, 2017, 6:30-8pm
                   425 Ave of the Americas (@ 10th Street)

Voice-Hearers Needed for Consultation & Collaboration

Many people who hear voices say that they sometimes “talk” with, “communicate” with, or “interact” with their voices. This might be out loud, or silently. We are interested in learning more about these experiences.

If you have ever talked with your voices – or had someone else talk with your voices – we are interested in collaborating with you on developing research questions for our study.

We are part of an international working group focused on learning about the different ways people interact with their voices. Some of us are therapists, some voice hearers, some researchers (and some of us wear several of these hats). This is not a research study, but a way you can help collaborate with us on what you think we need to learn about people who have had conversations with their voices.

This survey is a series of open ended questions about “talking” or “interacting” with voices (or what is sometimes called “voice dialogue”). All questions are completely optional, you do not have to answer all the questions to participate. We also welcome extended conversations, as well as interest in collaborations with us. For more information, please email Nev Jones at

Thank you on behalf of the International Consortium on Hallucination Research Working Group on Voice Dialogue,

Berta Britz, Dirk Corstens, Felicity Deamer, Marie C. Hansen, Nev Jones, Sarah Kamens, Simon McCarthy-Jones, Sohee Park, Liz Pienkos, Cherise Rosen, Rajiv Sharma, Neil Thomas, and Angela Woods


Free Creative Arts Therapy Group for Voice-Hearers

Starting August 1st, we will be offering a free creative arts therapy workshop to individuals hearing voices, seeing visions, and having other experiences often referred to as “psychosis”.

The group will incorporate drama, movement, art and music as ways to externalize and concretize phenomena often difficult to put into words.
There are few free services of this nature available, and we are hoping to reach folks who might not otherwise have the chance to explore their voice hearing experiences creatively.
Meetings will be held weekly:
Tuesdays at 4:30pm
East Village Access (EVA)
242 East 2nd Street, between Ave B & Ave C
For more information, please contact Tami at


Co-sponsored by ISPS-US and Hearing Voices NYC:

THEY HEARD VOICES is documentary film exploring the Hearing Voices Movement, chronic psychosis and the schizophrenia label. The film is a series of wide-ranging interviews with voice hearers, medical historians, anthropologists and psychiatrists from Britain and America, presenting different people’s views.

Panel with audience Q & A will follow featuring members of ISPS-US & Hearing Voices NYC:
Matt Estrada, Tami Gatta, & Peri Zarella


In celebration of Worldwide Creative Maladjustment Week
(July 7-14)

When: July 13th 2017

Where: Jefferson Market Library 425 Ave of the Americas (6th ave & 10th Street)

Cost: FREE


ISPS is international organization dedicated to development and promotion of social and psychological approaches to experiences that get called “psychosis”.

ISPS-US is the North American Chapter of ISPS and is active organizing events in North America, members include professionals of all stripes including: psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, OTs, therapist and a whole bunch of others; as well  as experts by experience,  family members and carers – everyone. You can join too.
Membership of the ISPS-US automatically includes membership to ISPS international, so you get the best of both.
ISPS-US holds annual conferences , this year’s conference is in Portland, October 2017. ISPS hold international conferences biannually – next one is in Liverpool.




Thank you, Jacqui!

Photo by David C. Leon

A huge thanks to Jacqui Dillon for coming to speak to our community yesterday at Jefferson Market Library. Over 50 people attended the full-day workshop which focused on the history, ethos, and group format of the Hearing Voices Movement.

Jacqui mentioned some important resources during her talk, including:

  1. Eleanor Longden’s TED talk : Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.
  2. Tanya Luhrmann’s article on how culture influences the voice-hearing experience. Including the differences across the US, Indian & Africa
  3. Living With Voices: 50 Stories of Recovery A book she helped co-edit which tells the stories of many people’s experiences with voices
  4. The Mysterious Skin : A Gregg Araki movie. Plot: Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian’s childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share.
  5. The 2017 Hearing Voices World Congress Website: Where you can register for the upcoming international conference happening this year in Boston! August 16-18
  6. The Hearing Voices USA Charter:  “Above all else, what defines a group as an HVN-USA Member is whether or not they operate in a way that is consistent with HVN values and approach.  This Charter, adapted from the hard work and careful thought of many individuals connected with HVN England, identifies the qualities that define both affiliated and full group membership within HVN-USA.  Only groups that clearly state that they follow the terms of this Charter will be listed on this site or considered to be HVN-USA members.”
  7. The Self Reflection Tool used for people to establish their readiness to facilitate or co-facilitate a Hearing Voices group. This can be used when formal training is not available.

Our follow-up event is happening soon:

Dinner with Matt & Peri! **Limited Seating**
RSVP: mariehansen [at] me [dot] com 
Matt & Peri are going to talk about their experiences running a Hearing Voices group in a community setting (Max Caffe!)
and can answer any questions people have about starting groups. If you are a current or past facilitator, consider coming to help
teach new people about how to run groups. If you are a new facilitator, come by to learn from current facilitators.
Chill, laid-back discussion & community gathering
Wednesday 6/14 6:30-8pm
**You must order food if you come we want Max Cafe to keep liking us** 
Location: Max Caffe: 1262 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10027
Jacqui will be returning to New York on October 19th 2017– Stay tuned! In the meantime, Hearing Voices NYC is working on getting a 3  day facilitator training. Check back here for more info.

Photos from Hearing Voices NYC Movie Weekend #EmergingProud

It’s been a great weekend of film screenings dedicated to looking at psychological crises in new ways.

Friday evening was a screening of CRAZYWISE at NYU Langone Hospital. Featuring a panel with Peri Zarella, Issa Ibrahim, Sascha DuBurl & co-director of CRAZYWISE Kevin Tomlinson.

Kevin Tomlinson, Peri Zarella, Issa Ibrahim, & Sascha DuBrul Panel Discussion
The crowd discussing the film before the Q & A began

Saturday afternoon was the NYC home-video launch of Healing Voices. The film followed with a panel Q & A featuring (among others) Oryx Cohen and Matt Estrada.

Healing Voices Banner at Anthology Film Archives
Panel Q & A

Healing Voices Screening May 13th

ISPS-US and Hearing Voices NYC Present:
Healing Voices Movie
& post-screening discussion with the filmmakers and subjects.

Register HERE:

Sleep in on Saturday morning and then join us for a screening of Healing Voices at the Anthology Film Archive (32 2nd Ave) at 3:00 on May 13th, followed by a discussion with producers PJ Moynihan and Oryx Cohen and other special guests.

Bus: M15 to 3rd Street.
Subway: F train to 2nd Avenue, walk two blocks north on 2nd Avenue to 2nd Street;
#6 to Bleecker St., walk one block north on Lafayette, then two blocks east on Bond St. (turns into 2nd St.) to 2nd Avenue.

Tickets are $8-$12. There are small number of discounted tickets available. Contact by May 10 for more information.


NYC FREE Screening of CRAZYWISE May 12th

Hearing Voices NYC is happy to announce our collaboration with the #EmergingProud campaign! #EmergingProud is ultimately a campaign about providing hope; that breaking down does not mean we are broken; it means that we can be amidst a difficult journey to ‘breakthrough’.

The launch of International #EmergingProud day on Friday, May 12th, aims to expand the public perception of ‘normal’ all over the world. The event brings together collaboration from many organizations and 8 countries, seeing all voices join to bring evolution in mental health support, and will also include premiere screenings of CRAZYWISE. Together, we are creating a new global movement towards a dream we all share. For more information on the campaign go to:


Screening of the film CRAZYWISE with panel featuring:

Sascha Altman DuBrulNYC Icarus Project & Institute for the Development of Human Arts

Issa Ibrahim– Author of The Hospitals Always Wins 

Peri Zarrella- Hearing Voices Network NYC

Kevin Tomlinson– Director & Executive Producer of CRAZYWISE


May 12th 2017

Doors open at 6:30pm, Screening starts at 7pm


NYU Langone Hospital at First Ave and 30th Alumni Hall A

Sponsored by:

International Society for the Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis – United States Chapter 

Icarus Project NYC 

Institute for the Development of Human Arts

Hearing Voices NYC