The South Bay Hearing Voices Network represents a partnership between:
- Individuals who hear voices or have other extreme or unusual experiences and beliefs
- Allies in the community
- Family members.
- As a group, we are working together to change assumptions made about these experiences and create support, learning and healing opportunities for people across the South Bay.
The group meets weekly on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the second floor of Harbor UCLA Wellness Center, 21730 Vermont Avenue in Torrance.
The support group is co-facilitated by people that have lived the experience of hearing voices, and importantly, it is counting on those who attend to shape the direction the group takes in providing support for its participants.
The Hearing Voices Network is not a NAMI organization. It is comprised of people who see, hear, feel, and think things that others may not experience. For more information about the hearing voices network, and how hearing voices groups work, please check out Hearing Voices USA and Hearing Voices International. This is a free walk-in group.
The Hearing Voices Network is holding its 2nd Annual south Bay Hearing Voices Conference on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, 1000 W. Carson Street, Building 2 South, in Torrance, California 90502.
THERE WILL BE:
- A panel discussion
The Hearing Voices Movement originated in the 80s in the Netherlands and subsequently inspired voice hearers, peer workers and allies in the UK and other parts of Europe. Over the past two decades hearing voices networks and local groups have been developed around the world. InterVoice, based in the United Kingdom, currently serves as the international organizing network of the hearing voices movement.
You can learn more about the South Bay Hearing Voices Network at its website at http://southbayhearingvoices.weebly.com/. You can also contact the South Bay Hearing Voices Network by email at email@example.com.
“Hearing voices, making choices,” Ron Coleman
NAMI South Bay thanks its guests and members for a productive discussion at last night’s meeting. The group discussed the Hearing Voices support group at Harbor UCLA, led by Brad Stevens, LCSW, Psychiatric Social Worker. Several publications were mentioned and two are shown here with links for those members that were interested in following up:
Living with Voices–50 Stories of Recovery
Hearing Voices a Common Human Experience
Brad Stevens, LCSW, Psychiatric Social Worker at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, will present on a movement called “Hearing Voices” at our monthly meeting Monday, March 17, 2014. The movement addresses the symptom of hearing voices that medication may not eliminate and how addressing the voices may assist in recovery. For everyone’s consideration, we will discuss developments in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands of techniques to address the voices to avoid the anxiety and stigma of hearing voices that helps the individual and families address them in their own explanatory framework.
The meeting will begin at the usual time, 7:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson Street, Torrance, California. A Caring & Sharing Support Group for family members and caregivers only will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room at the First Lutheran Church. If the group becomes too large a second group will meet in Fellowship Hall.