One of A Million Campaign

One of a Million Campaign

  • Hearing voices is a normal though unusual and personal variation of human experience.
  • Hearing voices makes sense in relation to personal life experiences.
  • The problem is not hearing voices but the difficulty to cope with the experience.
  • People who hear voices can cope with these experiences by accepting and owning their voices.
  • A positive attitude by society and its members towards people hearing voices increases acceptance of voices and people who hear voices. Discrimination and excluding of people hearing voices must stop.

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    Background Information

    Hearing voices is such a common experience, most of us know at least one person who hears voices that other people don’t. However, voice-hearing still remains a taboo subject for many. Whilst voice-hearing is accepted in some cultures, media images of madness and violence are all too common.

    “One of a million” is a campaign which aims to sign up one million members to the International Hearing Voices Movement. It’s an opportunity to stand up and be counted – linking with allies across the world to send a strong message that hearing voices is a meaningful human experience.

    We ask that those pledging support to the campaign also try and implement these values in their lives and work. As the campaign develops, we will create opportunities for people to share examples of this. If we each do something small, we really can help to make a change.

    The Hearing Voices Movement is, at its heart, a vibrant civil rights movement. As our recent congress in Cardiff showed, amazing things happen when we connect with others who share similar hopes and dreams.

    A lone voice is easily drowned out, but a million people standing together is a force to be reckoned with.

    What Now?

    This campaign is nothing without your support. Please share this page with anyone and everyone you know – one million supporters is an ambitious target, so we need your help to reach it. You can help us by:

    • Use social networks to promote the campaign (use the handy buttons, below)
    • ‘Like’ our ‘One of a Million’ facebook campaign page
    • Create a 60 second video (something taken on a camera phone is fine) about what the Hearing Voices Movement means to you (and the impact it has had on your life). Upload it to Upload Files through so we can add it to our video wall.
    • Join us on TwitterYou Tube or Facebook
    • Read the information on this site and share anything you find interesting with someone you know
    • Start a conversation around voices or visions with someone who isn’t already part of the movement
    • Organise an event to raise awareness and challenge the stigma surrounding voice-hearing in society (and promote this cause)

    If we all do one small thing to get this message out – we can change the world!

    If you want to share what you’re doing to help us reach the ‘one million’ target, or why you think this campaign is important – please leave a comment here or email us.

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    16 responses to “One of A Million Campaign”

    1. Tom Halloran

      I no longer hear voices!!! This is because I sussed out they were being electronically faked!!! Most people’s voices will be genuine hallucinations but it appears that for a few of us the crappy world of politics intervenes and the right insist on you having nervous breakdowns and hearing voices!!! So much for democracy!!!! Hope the campaign succeeds!!!!

    2. Heather

      Many people channel, do medium-ship and talk with internal voices that offer guidance as spiritual deities or spirit guides or even wise aspects of themselves. Are they mad? Distressing voices are a sign of distress of the hearer and sure these people need counseling and help but its time for voice hearing as a human experience to be dropped from the DSM-IV and the upcoming DSM-V.

      I have personally only heard voices that were not my own a couple of times and one directed me to interrupt a suicide attempt. It insisted I broke into a house against my will and the lady, a distant friend of mine, was only an hour or so from dying from injecting herself with insulin. I am grateful I listened even though the voice did not identify itself or say why I had to do what I did.

      Another was mine, I shouted it to myself and heard it 5 years earlier! Yes I cant explain that one easily however in consciousness there is no time or space apparently and it is explainable via quantum physics.

    3. Mary Thewlis

      Out of the categories above I’m an “other ally”. I have experienced discrimination and I stand with my friends who are “hearers”.

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    5. KatieSiobhan

      I see as helping me heal emotional pain.

    6. Phil Dor

      Creative people can multitask and create music before materializing it -or before playing and recording their songs-. Often people create entire symphonies with various instruments inside their heads. Some folks are visual and see patterns associated with music inside their minds. A certain fraction of women on earth have the ability to differentiate shades of color most of us can’t see.

      Through meditation, you’ll eventually notice anything that is bothering you. Remaining impartial towards any anxiety or animosity is crucial to keep your mind stable. We all want to be free from stress and pain!

      Take a look at this: U.S Patent 5159703 “Silent Sound Subliminal Mind Control” Oct 27, 1992

    7. Dick Mulliken

      I’m so delighted to hear of this organization. A therapist for the past 60 years, I’ve spent a lot of time with voice hearers. I hope this movement catches on in the U.S. I’d especially like to see support groups formed here. In fact I volunteer to help coordinate this effort.

    8. anonomous

      this campaign is a great thing and i totally support it, though i find it difficult to share with most people cause they dont understand..

    9. Cassie

      Consider this may be a connection to the soul or spirit of yourself. I have had many hearing voices over my lifetime. When I was 13 I was swimming in the ocean near a pier. A voice yelled inside my head shouted at me” Get Out of the Water Now!” I climb up onto the wooden pier with my lets hanging over and and looked down. A very large Hammer Head shark was right where I would have been if not for the voice. When I was standing in front of a justice of the peace to get married a voice again yelled at me. “Don’t marry this man” I actually looked around behind myself to see who was saying that it was so loud. Many more experiences I have been very thankfull for. In time it changed from voices to visions and a direct knowing of what was about to happen. No we are not crazy. Just ahead of the curve in evolution.

    10. Claudia Kowalchyk

      I’m a sociologist (STEM), PhD in 1994(NYU), & a tenured college professor. I remember when I was about 5 or 6 asking my mother about the voices in my head. She was having a good day, barely any Ballantine & Librium had “helped” her yet. Slow start, that day. She actually bothered to respond to me. She told me that they weren’t “voices”, but that I was just noticing myself think. Sigh. I guess I “notice” things still.

    11. veronica

      My sister was diagnosed with mental illness over 40 years ago. She has lived on the streets, been institutionalized many times, and now lives in a group home. She has rarely ever been happy. She hears voices all the time and insists that she is not mentally ill. It has been a rough road for our family.

      I am over-joyed to find this hopeful and helpful website. I wonder if there are any support groups in my area: Cleveland, Ohio.

    12. Joanna

      I´ve heard voices since the age of 19 and have been institutionalized many times. I lost all my friends practically, see a couple now and then, i have huge problems socializing. I am also bi-polar. I was diagnosed with squitzo affective disorder; bi-polar with psychosis.

      After having a nervous break down in May I decided I needed some time to my self, I got sacked (again) and decided that I wouldn´t try and find work till i was better so I just lounged around the house and read and smoked cigaretts and drank tea and coffee, and of course took my medication. I´m glad to say I havn´t heard voices for about 2 months, its the first time since I was 19 that I havn´t heard voices, I´m 34 now. I´m much happier but still have problems holding a conversation as for a long time I didn´t talk. I´m on the road to recovery I hope, its been so long…. Just to point out, there is a cure, you just have to let the voices go away and take care and love yourself.

      I´m hoping I will be getting better at socializing and making new frinds and that I can hold down a job for moer than a year. Let the healing begin!

    13. Monika Mikus

      Dear ONE OF A MILLION,

      thank you for your confidence! I’m a voice hearer too and I’m living in Austria in Vienna.

      Do you know the town were the “Donauwalzer” filled the air with music from Johann Strauss.

      My name is Monika Mikus please come and speak with me about my experience.

      With my best wishes, Monika

    14. noosh

      very difficult experience.
      the voices can be very distructive and that is very sad.
      it is crucial to learn from those who have mnaged their destructive voices.Please share your stories .

    15. Rekha

      I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia since 11 years now. The voices I hear are more like racing thoughts. And during the episode I have acted on these thoughts (voices) sometime destructive sometime constructive. The thoughts were mostly connected to God and divinity. I have been on medications mostly seroquel and this medication has helped in containing these racing thoughts but after listening to Eleanor Longden I have this urgency to try and decipher the deeper meaning of these thoughts. Deconstruct them and live the life my soul is yearning to live. For this I have to thank my special friend who introduced me to inter voice.

    16. Marguerite

      I am a mental health nurse and teacher. A student sent me to Eleanor Longden’s TED site and from there I found this site. I totally believe what Eleanor describes as a sane response to painful things that have happened.

      I feel torn though in terms of how to help people. Yes be hopeful, non-judgemental and compassionate – always. But how to treat? When the person is admitted to a psychiatric hospital it is because the voices had them do something dangerous. They are usually so not functioning/coping at this point that looking at the meaning behind the message is not possible. For this population do we need to give medicine to stop the voices until they are in a space to look at the meanings of the voices? Does supporting this cause mean I cannot continue to encourage people to take their medication? Perhaps the key is to encourage them to take their medication AND find a good psychiatrist. Perhaps part of the movement could be to identify psychiatrists who are able and willing to look for the meanings behind the voices?

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