Hearing Voices Network - Ashland County

The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County ("MHRB") is pleased to join the hundreds of individuals, families and organizations across the world who are bringing attention to the experience of hearing voices.  The MHRB intends to provide links to websites and other resources so that county residents can be better informed in their support of those who hear voices.  Please contact the Board if you have questions about any of the resources listed below.

Hearing Voices Network USA

Founded in 2010, the Hearing Voices Network USA represents a partnership between individuals who hear voices or have other extreme or unusual experiences, professional and allies in the community, all of whom are working together to change the assumptions made about these phenomenon and create supports, learning and healing opportunities for people across the country.


Hearing Voices Network

Established in 1990 after a national conference held in London, a network of voice hearers and individuals who were interested in the experience of hearing voices was established.  The website offers information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.


interVoice - The International Hearing Voices Network

A charity, registered in the UK, that aims to support the International Hearing Voices Movement by connecting people, sharing ideas, distributing information, highlighting innovative initiatives, encouraging high quality respectful research and promoting its values across the world.


Working to Recovery Ltd

The website of Ron Coleman and Karen Taylor.  Ron and Karen have provided ongoing training to residents of Ashland, Ohio and around the world.  Ron and Karen have extensive personal and professional experience in understanding and working with people who experience voice hearing.  Ron and Karen are the Keynote Speakers at the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County's "10th Annual Pat Risser R.S.V.P. Conference" October 4, 2017 in Ashland, Ohio.

Recovery & Hearing Voices Resources from Working to Recovery. Great Resource!!


Article by Karen Taylor, "How to Live Successfully When You Hear Voices"

*NEWTen Tips for Parents of Children Who Hear Voices by Drs. Sarah Parry and Filippo Varese

Eleanor Longden - TED Talk

Eleanor Longden is a research psychologist and voice hearer.  Eleanor's TED Talk in 2013, "The voices in my head" was a powerful introduction to someone experiencing voice hearing for the first time and reactions of those closest to her.  Eleanor has been active as a Board member with interVoice referenced above.

Marius Romme is a Dutch psychiatrist and pioneer in understanding hearing voices not as related to an illness but as reactions to traumatic and troubling life events.

"How to solve the schizophrenia problem" presentation at the 6th World Hearing Voices Congress (October 2014)

"Focus on the symptoms instead of on the illness and solve the 'schizophrenia' problem" A master class with Professor Marius Romme held in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University (April 16, 2015)

Can You Live With the Voices in Your Head? New York Times Magazine article by Daniel B. Smith providing a fairly good history of the Hearing Voices Movement and different views on voice hearing.

PowerPoints from the October 4, 2017 RSVP Conference:

--Jerry Strausbaugh, "Understanding & Altering Trauma's Impact on Self-Esteem"

--Dr. Mark Hurst, "Trauma-Informed Care: Creating Environments of Resiliency and Hope"

Upcoming Training from the Hearing Voices Network USA

If you're interested in more information about a planned 3-Day Hearing Voices Training January 13-15, 2018 - please send an email to hwertman@ashlandmhrb.org or call at 419-281-3139.  Some details are still pending but here are the basics:

Dates of Training:  January 13, 14 and 15, 2018

Agenda:  To be determined

Location:  Columbus, Ohio (exact location still to be determined)

Cost:  $250 per person for the three days.

Check back for updated information! 

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