A TEAM of researchers looking into hearing voices is looking for people to help it create resources for those struggling to cope with it.

The Hearing the Voice study is being carried out by Durham University and is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Victoria Patton, who works for the project, said: “For someone hearing voices for the first time, or their loved ones, getting decent information about the experience and the different therapeutic options out there is a real challenge.

“Our researchers are aiming to rectify this by working with members of the voice-hearing community in order to develop ‘Integrated Voices’ – a new mental health web resource that will provide clear, balanced and comprehensive information about hearing voices.”

The website will be aimed at making it easier for people to find information about different approaches to voice-hearing and ways of supporting and understanding people who are in distress and struggling to cope with the voices that they hear.

  • A consultation event is being held at the Recovery College Collective, 5th Floor, Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6HQ on Thursday, October 12 from 1pm to 3pm.
  • Voice hearers and their families and friends are welcome and anyone who cannot attend can also fill out an online survey by visiting www.hearingthevoice.org.