HEARING VOICES NETWORK AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND
We believe that hearing voices is a normal variation of human experience. It is estimated that between 3-5 % of the population hear voices, yet less than 1% are ever diagnosed with an illness. Through our groups and research collated by INTERVOICE, we know that the content is often the same. The difference is in how the voice hearer deals with them. We bring together voice hearers to discuss what they have in common. So that voice hearers who are well can share their stories and ideas with those that are distressed by the experience. People have always heard voices and had visions, since time began. We believe that hearing voices in itself is not an illness. If you would like to attend a support group and find out more, they are listed below.
In New Zealand we are an Independent society, and a registered charity.
HENDERSON, AUCKLAND HEARING VOICES NETWORK SUPPORT GROUP
When: Every second Wednesday ( i.e every 2 weeks)
AT: Sturges West Community Center , 58 Summerland Road, Henderson
Time: 7pm -8.30pm.
for the dates of the next meeting or call Adrienne on 0272650266 for more information.
This is an informal open group, where we share discussions over cake and coffee. All voice hearers and friends are welcome. It is a confidential meeting, run as per the Hearing Voices Networks guidelines. We respect that each person is the expert on their own experiences. We encourage those that come to learn more about the experience and share research and general information.
Whariki Whaiora and Family/ Whanau Service, 54 Carruth Rd, Papatoetoe.
For more information tel: Richard 022 649 8927
WELLINGTON SUPPORT GROUP
Realities is a new group supporting people who experience, or who have experienced, living in a different reality to others.
It provides a safe place to discuss realities, without judgement.
Your reality may include altered sensory experience- (“voices” (audial), visual, smell, taste, touch). It may include spiritual experience and heightened awareness. It may be that you have a different take on life than others. There may be other ways you interpret reality differently
The meetings often allocate time for a nominated group member to describe their experience.They are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at:
James Smiths Building
Cnr. Cuba/ Manners Street
1st Floor (upstairs) – Ace Hq
We would appreciate a $2 contribution to cover room hire. Call Dennis at: 0220727147 if you have any questions.
CHRISTCHURCH SUPPORT GROUP
If there is no group in your area log on to facebook and join our facebook group for a discussion.
The International Hearing Voices organisation Intervoice also have a facebook page see here:
Our website also has a link to the hearing voices forum.
If you are interested in starting a hearing voices support group in your area, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org