Hearing Voices in Childhood & Adolescence, Helping Young People Who Hear Voices Reclaim Their Lives: Talk Link

Rachel Waddingham
Rachel Waddingham

Around 22% of 11-13 year-olds and 8% of older teens hear voices that other people don’t. For some these experiences are transient or pleasant, perhaps giving support or encouragement during times of stress or insecurity. For others, the voices can become overwhelming – bullying, threatening, distracting, commanding or criticizing them, leaving them feeling isolated and frightened. It can be such a stigmatizing experience that many hide it.  On Monday 14th April 2014 Rachel Waddingham, the Project Manager at Mind in Camden’s Voice Collective gave a Public Talk by in The School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC.  Rachel’s talk explored  the voice-hearing experience of  childhood and adolescence and the link between distressing voices, visions, emotions and traumatic life events.  the talk also explored ways of creating safe spaces for young people to open up about their experiences and find creative ways of coping with them, using simple youth-friendly coping strategies

About Rachel: Rachel (Rai) Waddingham manages the Mind in Camden’s Voice Collective project, supporting young people who hear voices/see visions (www.voicecollective.co.uk). Rai is a trustee of the English Hearing Voices Network & vice chair of ISPS UK. She is a media spokesperson, writer & trainer. Rai is also a voice-hearer.

You can watch Rachel’s presentation from the UCC talk using the streamed link: http://panopto.ucc.ie/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=273f2a59-b6e2-4a68-bbe3-a8adc7262956