Mental Health

Mental Health Community Support Services

Supports people with a mental illness to live well in their own home and community. Programs include regular visits and support from a mental health support worker and group activities where people can meet other people, learn new skills and link into their local community life including looking at recreation and employment possibilities.

Partners in Recovery (PIR)

PIR supports people with severe and persistent mental illness and their carers and families by getting multiple sectors, services and supports they may come into contact with (and could benefit from) to work in a more collaborative, coordinated, and integrated way.

Personal Helpers and Mentors

The Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) service provides increased opportunities for recovery for people whose lives are severely affected by mental illness.

Hearing Voices

It is hard to think of an experience that is more misunderstood or stigmatised than hearing voices. Voice hearers hear things that others can’t. In medicine these experiences might be referred to as auditory hallucinations, and people may end up being diagnosed with schizophrenia or some other mental illness. And while some people do find hearing voices confusing or frightening and seek help to cope with them, many more people hear voices and find them helpful, sacred or just a normal part of life. Most voice hearers live well with their voices.

What is the Hearing Voices Approach?

The Hearing Voices Approach is not about trying to get rid of your voices. It’s about changing the relationship you have with them. Dealing with fear, anger and shame. Getting support where you need it. Learning to get control.

Our approach is based on Prof Marius Romme and Sandra Escher’s research which found that many people hear voices without distress or ever needing to seek mental health services. Voice hearers who cope have different skills, beliefs and supports, compared to those in distress.

These different factors lie behind much of the hearing voices approach and are in fact consistent with a number of therapeutic approaches for other experiences that people find distressing.

Interested in joining Voices Vic?

Contact us to join the Hearing Voices Network or to talk about starting a Hearing Voices Group in your area.

Interested in volunteering for Voices Vic?

There are opportunities for voice hearers to volunteer with us and facilitate groups.

Contact Petra Hinch, the Hearing Voices Regional Coordinator for more information. Ph. 5362 2941 or 0438 275 016 or via email

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