Portland Hearing Voices Network

feature-570x300Get’s some  coverage in the local paper–The Portland Mercury. Here is a small snippet from a must read article:

The Portland group’s initial goals are simple: to provide a safe, comfortable place for people to talk about their experiences, be they negative or positive, diagnosis identified or not, or medicated or not. It also seeks to re-educate a public that not only tends to associate voice hearers with a higher potential for violence, but also habitually treats these people by snuffing their irregularities into silence with potent medication.

The New School

Nutritional analysis, detoxification, and stress and lifestyle management are just some of the alternatives and supplements to pharmaceuticals that have successfully provided relief. PHV hopes to connect practitioners in these fields with potential clients who might be anxious to seek them. It’s important to note, however, that Hearing Voices groups, the Icarus Project, the Mad Pride movement in general are not focused on pushing people to reject medication—the aim is to illuminate the existence of alternate means of coping and provide honest information on all available resources. (read the whole article)

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6 Responses

  1. I looked into some of this but could never afford it. I eat a lot better than I used to, but could probably do better and it no doubt has ramifications on anxiety and depression.


  2. Great story. I love the phrase “Mental Diversity” instead of “Mental Illness.” That, I think, says it all! I would tweak it to say “Emotional Diversity” perhaps. But accepting “diversity” is the key! That would solve a lot of problems.
    Thanks, Gianna.


  3. Here in Canada, in order to be covered by our “universal health care system” for emotional issues, you MUST be diagnosed or labelled. That’s where real problems start because labels have a habit of sticking and we tend to internalize them.
    Labels are categories of people, but we’re all different. I refuse to be a “square peg.” I’m me. So these … Read Morediagnostic labels can and often are more problematic than helpful. Too many people have to recover their sense of identity and individuality after they’ve been labelled and that’s a tough journey, in and of itself.


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