This page is intended to provide helpful resources for people who hear voices, see visions, or have other unusual sensory experiences or beliefs. It’s organized by topic and will be updated periodically. If we missed a helpful resource, or if something seems out of date, let us know at email@example.com.
Strategies for coping with distressing voices:
- Understanding Voices coping strategy toolkit
- List of coping strategies from Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa New Zealand
- Better Sleep for Voice-Hearers guide
- Self-help guide to talking with voices
Other Hearing Voices networks and related resources:
- Intervoice – International Hearing Voices network, includes a list of regional/national networks around the world
- English Hearing Voices Network – one of the most active networks and has some helpful resources and articles
- US Hearing Voices Network
- International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis
- Understanding Voices (UK-focused)
Peer support for mental/emotional distress in BC:
- Kaleidoscope is a peer-run mental health support society that hosts virtual support groups open to the general public, as well as groups specifically for university students.
- Mood Disorders Association of BC has a list of peer support groups around BC.
- Trans Lifeline is a peer-run crisis line for transgender, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people. They will not call police or an ambulance without your consent.
- PACT is a peer-assisted crisis response service offered by CMHA as an alternative to police responses. Currently, it is only available on the North Shore.
- Looking Glass hosts anonymous peer support chats for people struggling with body image or eating disorders.
- Spotlight on Mental Health features a range of peer-led and peer support projects in and around Vancouver.
I want to learn more about the history and context of the Hearing Voices Movement, consumer/survivor movement, or Mad Pride in BC:
- “No Pill for This Ill: Our Community Vision for Mental Health” is a report by the Carnegie Community Action Project discussing mental health and social (in)justice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
- Mental Patients’ Association is a short documentary discussing the history of the MPA in Vancouver.
- The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Stories From the MPA is another short documentary about the MPA. It was created with support from Gallery Gachet.
I want to learn more about medication or alternatives to medication:
- The information below discusses positive and negative aspects of antipsychotic medication. It’s meant to represent a range of different experiences with and feelings about medication, while still being informative. The BCHVN supports people who hear voices to use whichever tools they find helpful, which may or may not include medication.
- The UK mental health charity Mind has a guide to antipsychotic medications here. It discusses how they work, how they can help, alternatives to medication, side effects, and advice for coming off antipsychotic medication.
- Fireweed collective has published a harm reduction guide for people who want to come off of psychiatric medication. You can download it for free in multiple languages (or purchase a hard copy) here.
- The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has a detailed page about antipsychotic medication here, including possible benefits, side effects, drug interactions, and safety.
- Here is a presentation by critical psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Moncrieff provided by the UBC Therapeutics Initiative discussing different psychiatric medications, how they can be helpful or harmful, and new ways of thinking about medication.
I had a negative treatment experience or am currently an involuntary patient and want to make a complaint or learn more about my rights in BC:
- Health Justice has a list of resources for when you have had a negative experience under the Mental Health Act or are currently an involuntary patient.
- Here is a website explaining your rights under BC’s Mental Health act, including a printable wallet card.
- Here is a plain language guide to BC’s Mental Health Act.
General community resources in BC:
- BC 211 allows you to search for community services and resources like shelters, medical care, financial assistance, and crisis support in your area.
- Healing in Colour can help you search for a therapist who is Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour, or to find mental health resources specific to the experience of being racialized, Indigenous, or an immigrant or refugee.