What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Many people experience voices, vision and other experiences which they can't explain but that might cause them a great deal of distress or discomfort which can have a big impact on their quality of life. Some people with these experiences may end up seeking help from psychiatric services.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Statistics tell us that approximately 10% general population hear voices and because of sigma associated with voices and the links to ‘madness’ it is possible to assume this may be even higher.
Traditionally voices have been associated with mental distress however there is now a vast amount of research that suggests that many people hear voices who never come into contact with mental health services.
How will you deliver this?
Hearing Voices Groups offer a safe place for people to feel accepted and comfortable sharing their experiences of voices, visions, tactile sensations and other unusual experiences and perceptions. People meet together to help and support each other, to exchange information, and to learn from one another. Groups also offer an opportunity for people to accept and “live with voices” in a way that enables them to regain some control over their lives.
Our long term plan is for this to be the first of many groups throughout Leicester and Leicestershire. The more the group progresses the more good work we can do. Once the group becomes well established for example we hope to extend its work by seeking further funding for participants to train as facilitators and deliver groups in other settings such as prisons, hospitals and education establishments.