ALTERNATIVES IN THE UK
Rachel Waddingham is the manager of the London Hearing Voices Project, developing innovative services to support people who hear voices or see visions; including Voice Collective (an award winning project supporting children, young people and their parents) and pioneering the first ever network of peer support groups for people in prison who hear voices.
Rachel is a trustee of the English Hearing Voices Network and ISPS UK (International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis), a media spokesperson, an international trainer and has over 12 year of experience in the mental health field. Rachel has contributed to a number of publications on mental distress, including Dr Sandra Escher’s landmark book ‘Children Hearing Voices’. She is a member of the NICE ‘Schizophrenia’ and Psychosis Guideline Development Group, is studying for an MSc In Psychological Research Methods and works both inside and outside of the mental health system to try to improve the range of support options available.
Rachel is also a voice-hearer and survivor of trauma, who spent more than a decade as a psychiatric patient on high doses of neuroleptic medication. Now medication-free, she feels lucky to have found the hopeful message of the Hearing Voices Network and people who believed in her potential for recovery.
For more information, see: www.behindthelabel.co.uk
Interview – Rachel Waddingham from Mad in America on Vimeo.