Ethos

Inspired by the pioneering work of Professor Marius Romme, Dr Sandra Escher and Patsy Hague (a voice hearer), the Hearing Voices approach views the experience of voices, visions and other unusual sensory experiences as inherently meaningful and grounded in the context of our lives.

Some people may understand their voices or visions as a response to trauma or adversity, others will experience them as a sign of neurodiversity, and yet others will see them in a religious framework. We believe all explanations, whether medical, trauma-based, spiritual, technological, literal and so on, are valid.

We recognise the individual’s own potential, with the right support networks, to recover from the distress associated with difficult voices and visions, and to live alongside their voices. Hearing Voices peer support groups, which developed from Romme and Escher’s work, are one way to see this ethos in practice. Based on principles of self-help, empathy and mutuality, they provide a safe, non-judgmental space for people to share their experiences and support one another.

For more on the Hearing Voices Movement and approach, view our support and resources section.