A PEER SUPPORT ART THERAPY GROUP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HEAR, SEE OR SENSE THINGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE DON’T
Do you hear voices? You’re not alone
Hearing voices or seeing visions is much more common than most people think. Around 8% of children and young people hear voices that others don’t. Some research even found that around 30% of 9-12 year olds have had at least one experience of hearing or seeing something that other people don’t!
All kinds of people hear voices – it can affect all ages, genders & people from different cultural & socio-economic backgrounds. Whilst many of the young people we meet have felt isolated, been bullied or had a difficult time – this isn’t always the case. Anyone can hear voices at some point in their lives – whether they’re rich, poor, popular, lonely, sporty, clever, creative or shy.
While many voice hearers are distressed by the experience, the good news is that most voice hearers are not distressed. In fact, many voice hearers say they hear very positive, helpful voices. Other voice hearers say that, although their voices can be unpleasant, they have learnt ways to manage their voices.
Some famous people who hear voices:
- Anthony Hopkins – actor
- John Frusciante – Red Hot Chili Pepper’s
- Vinnie Jones – footballer/actor
- Salvador Dali – artist
- Rev Martin Luther King – leader
- Sir Isaac Newton – scientist
- Florence Nightingale – nurse
- Danny McNamara – vocalist, Embrace
- Carlos Santana – guitarist
What are Hearing Voices Groups?
Hearing Voices Groups help voice hearers to understand their experience, and explore new ways of coping and living. We do not aim to get rid of your voices, but rather explore ways that you can best live with them.
However research has shown that 3 out of 5 young people may stop hearing voices or seeing visions within three years if their experiences are accepted and supported, and the problems underneath difficult voices are addressed.
What is an Art Therapy Hearing Voices Group?
Traditional Hearing Voices Group participants are usually adults and many young people feel they don’t fit in to these groups or have different experiences and beliefs to adults. Others don’t express themselves well verbally, in some cases a young person’s experiences are too painful or complicated to put into words.
An Art Therapy Hearing Voices Group works very well with young people because it is:
- Non-threatening with less direct focus on the young person
- A safe outlet for expressing what’s inside
- A process over which the young person feels a sense of control
- Interesting and creative
- a way to discover underlying thoughts and feelings
- Easier to develop a strong relationship with the therapist
Artful Voices – How will it help?
The group will provide a safe and supportive environment for voice hearers to express their feelings, thoughts and beliefs about their voices that may not be easily understood or verbalized. By providing a bridge between a young person’s inner and outer worlds, the art making process can help an individual to resolve personal issues, reach a new sense of personal meaning and identity, foster resilience and help them gain control over their voices.
Some of the benefits of coming to the Artful Voices Group may include:
- Feeling less alone
- Increased confidence & mastery over voices
- Increased understanding of the voices
- New strategies to reduces distress
- Opportunities to support others as well as receiving support
- Connecting young people and their families with information and services they need
About the Groups
This is a free confidential group for young people (12-25yrs) living, working or studying in the Sunshine Coast & Hinterland or Brisbane areas.
The group is facilitated by Nicky who is a qualified and experienced Art Therapist and Hearing Voices Group facilitator
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