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Hearing Voices Group Facilitators’ Online Support Group

At the recent HVNI AGM, it was highlighted that HV Group facilitators would benefit from having a space to meet on a regular basis. 

We are pleased to announce two online meeting spaces (if you cannot attend one of the slots, then hopefully you can attend the other one). The plan is to provide these spaces on a regular basis (every 6 weeks in the first instance).

The meeting will provide an open forum for HV Group Facilitators to discuss group facilitation matters. Members of the HVNI Board will be present at the meeting to start the process, with the idea to agree general principles of how this support group should function.

Although in the first instance this space is for Group Facilitators who facilitate a HV Group in Ireland, we welcome participation from Group Facilitators across the globe!

These are the dates and times for the first two Facilitator meetings:

Monday 31 May from 1.00 – 2.00 pm

Tuesday 1 June from 1.00 – 2.00 pm

The Zoom link for these meetings is

Any queries or suggestions, please contact us at

On behalf of HVNI

New Online Hearing Voices Group

A new online hearing voices support group has been launched for anyone who hears voices or any other unusual experiences. The group is only open to people with these experiences and is a safe and non-judgmental environment for people to discuss their experiences.

The group will meet on Sundays at 4pm beginning on the 9th of May.

If you have any questions email –

The group will meet on Zoom using this link:

Please feel free to share with anyone you think would be interested.

Event: ‘Fiction about Psychosis: Impact, Ethics, Effects’

Speakers: Jasper Gibson, author of The Octopus Man, and Jacqui Dillon.

About this event

An ISPS UK Webinar supported by Hearing the Voice, Durham University.

Fiction is at the heart of human culture. Now is a perfect moment to ask what we need from it, and our storytellers. – Nathan Filer, Asylum (winter 2020) p 11.

Jasper Gibson’s The Octopus Man is a novel about a man called Tom who hears the voice of the Octopus God, Malamock. It is a novel about surviving what gets called psychosis and surviving society’s response to it. It is a novel about sisters and friends, about psychiatric incarceration and medication, about tests of faith and lines of flight.

What challenges do writers and readers of fiction face when it comes to stories about madness?

Jacqui Dillon – activist, survivor and consultant on The Octopus Man – joins Jasper Gibson to discuss how this novel came into being and to explore some of the questions it poses around ethics and imagination, literary license and personal and political responsibilities.

Jacqui Dillon is an activist, writer and public speaker and has lectured and published worldwide on trauma, hearing voices, psychosis, dissociation and healing. Jacqui has co-edited 3 books has published numerous articles and papers and is on the editorial board of the journal Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches. In 2017, Jacqui was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Psychology by the University of East London.

Jasper Gibson was born and bred in Parwich, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He now lives in East Sussex and is the author of one previous novel, A Bright Moon for Fools. Jasper has been writing professionally for over twenty years for magazines, TV, and online. He is the co-founder of, and co-creator of the satirical chat show ‘Tonight… With Vladimir Putin’.

Their conversation will be introduced by Angela Woods, ISPS UK Trustee, Associate Professor of Medical Humanities at Durham University and Co-Director of Hearing the Voice.

Details and registration here: