The Hearing Voices Network is a service user led registered charity which seeks to create acceptance that hearing voices is a valid experience. Based at 216 Hilltown Dundee under the banner 'HaVeN', a name chosen by members which utilises the initials of the Hearing Voices Network and incorporates the concept of it being a place of safety. It provides support to voice hearers through: Bridging the Gap Project (a befriending and mentoring service); various Self-help groups; activities; and volunteering, in order to promote independence and increase people’s confidence. These enable members to develop their personal and social skills as well as providing many opportunities for all members to access, promoting recovery from severe and enduring mental illness. The Haven also provides social activities which members and staff participate in. One of the first things that a person can lose when becoming mentally ill is their social skills and their ability to communicate. Therefore, social integration is fundamental in our members recovery.
Statement of purpose
We aim to erase the stigma of voice hearing, and to enable voice hearers to realise their place in a society which knows and understands their plight, and to be at the forefront in achieving innovative user-led approaches to recovery.
The term ‘hearing voices’ is used to describe a range of extraordinary perceptual experiences that are perceived as separate from oneself which may be experienced as sounds, visions, physical sensations, smell or tastes and may include living with distressing beliefs.