Radio Interview with Gail Hornstein on Radio Boston

Here is a great radio interview with Gail Hornstein from the Hearing Voices Network on Radio Boston.

Click on the link below, then click on Listen, and the mp3 podcast will come up.

When you think about it, history is full of people who say they heard voices. Mohammed, Moses, Abraham, Joan of Arc. They all claimed to hear the voice of God. Disembodied voices also dwelled within the minds of Socrates, William Blake, John Milton.

These are the kind of names that invite us to romanticize the idea of hearing voices.

But today, to say you hear voices invites something entirely different: A diagnosis of mental illness.

Well, there is a new movement that’s vigorously pushing back against the notion that those who hear voices are sick. It’s called the Hearing Voices Network. It began in the U.K. but has come to the United States, and one of the first American chapters was founded right here in Massachusetts.

The growth of the Hearing Voices Network raises many important questions:

Such as, what is a mental illness, versus what is not?

What is objective reality, versus what is not?

What is simply normal and human, versus what is not?

And what are the consequences, positive AND negative, when people who hear voices step away from traditional psychiatric care?


Physics Dreaming and Extreme States- An interview with Arnold Mindell

This looks like a very interesting interview on Madness radio

 Physics Dreaming and Extreme States Arnold Mindell

Click here on this link:

 to go to their website and download the interview to listen to


First Aired 3-1-2011    Duration:

What is reality? Why do people in extreme states feel connected to the universe, and experience uncanny and even supernatural events? Does quantum physics have something to teach us about madness? What if therapists were like indigenous tribal shamans, entering into clients’ “psychotic” worlds as if stepping into a dream? Arnold Mindell studied with pioneering scientists Richard Feynman and Norbert Wiener and then became a Jungian therapist and founder of Process Oriented Psychology. He discusses his more than 40 years of work with individuals and groups, including people diagnosed with psychosis, and the ancient belief in a purposeful dreaming reality behind everyday events. (Trouble downloading? Try rt/cntrl clck here:

Ron Coleman on Radio Live – The Nutters Club Sunday 29th May 8pm to 10pm

Ron Coleman from UK, one of the driving forces of Intervoice and The Hearing Voices Network UK, is arriving in New Zealand this week. He will be on Radio Live this Sunday Night with Mike King on the Nutters show.

You can tune in  Auckland on 100.6FM, and is at different numbers on the dial all over New Zealand. You can see where at the bottom of their website.

Here is the link to their website. You can listen live online here as well
I also noticed that they have a podcast of an  interview there also with Suzie Crook. called “blessed with Schizophrenia”. I havent listened to it yet.
But have heard her speak at a workshop once, and she was excellent.
Her first words in the interview are ” I have suffered from my mental health treatment, but I have never suffered from my schizophrenia,”

Radio Interview with Eleanor Longden on Jon Ronson On

There is an excellent radio interview with Voice hearer Eleanor Longden on Ron Jonsons show.

Click on this link to hear it.

Eleanor goes into great detail of her own experiences hearing voices. Her personal account gives a great insight to what it is like.

Nicely put together with music and poetry as well.

Please note: The original Link I had posted, expired, I have now amended the above to show an active link t Ron Jonsons website that contains the interview. Thanks Rich! Here  it is again :

The Kundalini Syndrome- an interview with Dr Ingo Lambrecht on Radio NZ

Dr Ingo Lambrecht, Clinical Psychologist and Hearing Voices Network Supporter was interviewed last night on Radio New Zealands Nights show, talking about the “Kundalini Syndrome.”

In this very interesting interview Dr Lambrecht discusses how  some spiritual practices can trigger off an energy reaction  he terms “the Kundalini Syndrome” – which can cause the person to start hearing voices and having visions. He also talks a bit about hearing voices in general.

 To listen to the podcast on Radio New Zealands Website- click here
Dr Lambrecht, has also provided the Hearing Voices Network website with an article entitled “Shamans as expert voice hearers.” which you can see here on our website

Jacqui Dillon Interview on Radio New Zealand with Kathryn Ryan

As many of you are already aware , the Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ is lucky to have Jacqui Dillon in New Zealand at the moment.

Jacqui Dillon is the chairperson for the Hearing Voices Network in UK ( where they have well over 150 support groups.) She is here for the Building Bridges Conference in Wellington this week. Next week she will be in Auckland for the ISPS  Conference.

Jacqui was interviews on the Nine to Noon programme. A great interview. She talks candidly about her own experience- what it is like for her to hear voices. She stresses the importance of understanding voices, explaining how she has been able to change her distressing voices to become of help to her.

A campaigner also for the abolition of the Schizophrenia label, Jacqui talks of how there is no physical test that proves that Schizophrenia is a brain disease, a chemical imbalance, or a genetic disposition. It is a set of symptoms that have become medicalised into something that is not helpful to many labelled with this name.

Listen to the interview here on the Radio New Zealand website  presented by Kathryn Ryan.

Emma Thompson says work saved her from ‘going under’ in her battle with depression

This article was in the New Zealand Herald today. I found it online at the Telegraph website here

I posted this article as I think it is important to see that people from all walks of life can have these experiences. She also talks of the Voices in  Her head. It does not say if this is in  the literal sense.

“By Roya Nikkhah, Arts Correspondent
Published: 8:30AM BST 28 Mar 2010

 Speaking on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs,[you can listen to her Desert Island Disc session here] the Oscar-winning actress described being crippled throughout her life by the condition, which she first suffered while playing the leading role in a West End revival of the musical Me and My Girl in the 1980s.

She said: “I think my first bout of that was when I was doing Me and My Girl, funnily enough.

“I really didn’t change my clothes or answer the phone, but went into the theatre every night and was cheerful and sang the Lambeth Walk.

“That’s what actors do. But I think that was my first bout with an actual clinical depression.”

During the programme, which is broadcast today, Kirsty Young, the presenter, asked Thompson about a five-year period during the 1990s, when she starred in seven films, was nominated for five Oscars and was also divorced from the actor and director, Kenneth Branagh.

Asked how she stayed sane, Thompson replied: “I don’t think I did stay sane, actually. It was tough. I think I probably should have sought professional help long before I actually did, for all sorts of reasons.

“Yes, divorce, ghastly, painful business but also fame, in some ways a ghastly, painful business as well. You become slightly more public property in a way that’s not necessarily always comfortable.”

Thompson, 50, who is married to the actor Greg Wise, described how writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, in which she starred alongside Wise and Kate Winslet, helped her overcome another period of severe depression during the breakdown of her first marriage.

She said: “The only thing I could do was write. I used to crawl from the bedroom to the computer and just sit and write, and then I was alright, because I was not present.

“Sense and Sensibility really saved me from going under, I think, in a very nasty way.”

The star of films including Nanny McPhee, Love Actually and An Education, also described acting as “an escape from myself, which I’m ashamed to say I enjoy very much.”

Asked what she was escaping, Thompson said: “Oh, you know, the voices in my head. The constant “must do better”, “must try harder” plus “you’re too fat and not really a very good mother”.

“That punitive conscience is part of my psychiatric problem.”

Thompson also recounted how Wise initially pursued Winslet during the filming of Sense and Sensibility, because a soothsayer had told him that he would meet his future wife on the set.

She said: “Of course I was still married, so he thought it was Winslet and courted her assiduously. ..

See the rest of the article on the link above.

Here is an excerpt.

Radio Interview with Jacqui Dillon Of Hearing Voices Network UK

This is an interesting Interview with Jacqui Dillon of the Hearing Voices Network In Uk on Madness Radio.

“What is it like to hear voices? How do people learn to live with their voices, and are voices sometimes positive and helpful? What is the connection between voices and trauma? Jacqui Dillon, voice hearer and director of the UK Hearing Voices Network, discusses how the movement of people who hear voices is creating self-help alternatives to traditional and often abusive mental health care”