Hearing the Voice at Durham University is currently working with people who have personal experience of hearing voices to develop Integrated Voices – a new online resource that will help people find clear, balanced and comprehensive information about hearing and experiencing things that could be understood as ‘voices’.

The website will have three key sections:

  • Understanding Voices
  • Living with Voices
  • Working with Voices

We, Elisabeth Svanholmer (voice-hearer, mental health trainer) and Rufus May (Hearing Voices Group facilitator), have been commissioned by Hearing the Voice to research content for the section of the website on ‘Living with Voices’. We are looking to gather ideas about strategies that people use to cope. We are also hoping to gather a wide range of personal statements about what everyday life is like for people who hear or sense things others don’t. It may be that ‘hearing voices’ is not the best way of describing what people experience and we would love to hear from people who have experiences such as djinns, spirit guides, schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations, persecution, electronic harassment, intrusive thoughts, thought transmissions, inner voices, ancestors and invisible presences.

On the following pages, there will be a series of open-ended questions about everyday life with experiences such as voices; what it is like, strategies one might use to cope and how to talk with others about these kinds of experiences.

All questions are completely optional: you do not have to answer all the questions to participate. If you find a question too similar to something you have already answered, please feel free to skip it. You can also withdraw at any time.

The survey is also anonymous: to protect your privacy, we will not be asking you to supply any information that could reveal your identity (such as a name or email address). When we make Integrated Voices, we might use quotes from the answers that you give: if we do that, we will make sure that they do not contain any information that could be used to identify you. 

If you would like to be acknowledged on the Integrated Voices website, or if you have any questions about the survey, please contact Elisabeth at openmindedtraining@gmail.com or Victoria at victoria.patton@durham.ac.uk.