These meetings are primarily a chance for Hearing Voices Group Facilitators to meet other facilitators, share successes and gain support around challenges. Meetings are open to group members too, if it is possible for them to attend.
Attendees can expect:
- Project and network News
- Successes and challenges (feedback from groups around things that have worked well, and things that are difficult. A chance for you to share experiences)
- Problem-solving (a chance to think through common issues that would benefit from deeper thought. This may include anything from keeping hearing voices groups funded and secure in the current climate, to creating a group that encourages people to take ownership of it)
- Networking: Plenty of time to socialise and network with other members of LHVN.
The next meet is on the 11th March 2020 from 2pm to 5pm at the Phoenix space in Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Rd. In the second half, we will have Dorothy Gould speaking on ‘Experiences of abuse and hate crime.’
Dorothy is someone with lived experience of mental distress and would describe herself as a survivor of mental health services. She uses her experiences to undertake research and offer presentations and training. She is an active member of the service user/survivor movement in this country and internationally. She puts a strong emphasis on people with lived experience having full human rights.
She will be describing:
• What participants experienced as abuse, or hate crime
• Why they found it happens and its devastating impacts for them
• What for them would be the solutions
• Important differences between their and professionals’ stances and approaches.