It is estimated that 4-10% of the population hear voices that others around them don’t. This is recognised as a highly stigmatising experience, and one that is often medicalised.
I have been involved in developing the ‘Hearing Voices – a guide to understanding, helping and empowering individuals’ app which offers support around this issue.
A central feature of the app simulates the experience of hearing voices to provide deeper insight, empathy and understanding. People using this feature are engaged in a number of cognitive and social tasks while listening to recordings created by people who hear voices.
The app provides information on different ways of understanding and helping with hearing voices. Podcasts of people who hear voices are incorporated into the text, allowing a number of stories to be heard.
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