Talking Sense is a new evening Hearing Voices Group in London. It was founded by two people with personal experience of voices, visions and other unusual sensory experiences and is 100% peer volunteer led.
We (Lauren and Janey) decided to start the group as we realised there are no evening groups which fit around our work and study schedules. We figured we couldn’t be alone so have set about creating a space for 9-5 workers, students and night owls to discuss experiences of voices and visions.
Many of the London based Hearing Voices Groups are held in mental health day centres and hospitals with strict referral criteria. While these can offer a safe and supportive space, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to access a Hearing Voices Group. Whether they use mental health services or not.
We feel that a non-medical setting is more in line with the acceptance of different understandings of voices and visions and reduces the distress some people feel in hospitals due to difficult and traumatic past experiences.
The group meets at 7-8.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month in a private community hub in the Canvas Cafe in Brick Lane.