The US continues to lag far behind other countries in the development of Hearing Voices groups, and while the number of groups continues to grow, there is still so much more to be done to spread the approach – it’s a big country! – and to get greater acceptance from mental health professionals.
So a team of voice hearers and researchers based at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts is conducting a study designed to provide more detailed information about people’s actual experiences in Hearing Voices groups.
The goal of the study is to identify the specific characteristics that make these groups so effective for so many people. With a clearer evidence base, the researchers hope to foster wider acceptance of HVN’s approach among clinicians and other mental health professionals in the US and, most importantly, to encourage the development of more groups.
Dozens of voice hearers around the country have already sent in their responses; if you or someone you know:
- lives in the United States
- is at least 18 years old
- has participated in a Hearing Voices group
- and not yet completed the survey
Please check out the survey at: https://www.ourvoicesraised.org
If you have any questions about the research, please don’t hesitate to contact the Project Director, Gail Hornstein, at [email protected].