Thanks for taking the time to explore the Anthologies from Down Under project.
We would like you to consider participating in a project to compose a book of 50 anthologies of people who hear voices or did hear voices and have profited by the "accepting voices" approach.
You may well know of us already, because most of you we have personally met. However for those we do not know so well we provide some details of the work of the collective.
We are voice hearers who have meet at conferences and workshops across New Zealand and Australia and have discussed the possibility of voices hearers and professionals who like to work with voice hearers working together to promote accepting the voices and engaging with them. The purpose is that people change their relation with their voices in order to take their lives in their own hands again.
To promote this approach more widely the collective would like to publish a book with 50 stories of persons hearing voices who have profited from the "accepting voices" approach. The reason for this is to give evidence based motivation for other voice hearers and professionals to overcome their hesitation in trying it out. The idea is that you write your own anthology and the guidelines provide some order to make the task easier for you, and also to collect well organized information.
Furthermore, this approach has been promoted by Intervoice and we will be asking them to help with the project. If you need help in writing your story you will find our email addresses at the end of the online survey. Naturally you can also ask a good friend or the professional that helped you in coping with your voices or changing your relationship with them.
In order to make this challenge easier, we have included an example from the original book of 50 voice hearers who have told their stories.
It is not our idea that you follow the guidelines or example literally, because voice hearers are different from each other and also the book would become quite dull. If you don't want to complete all the parts of the information we ask for, because of the privacy or intimacy of it, feel free just skip that part - but please go on.
We hope you will become involved and we look forward to working with as you write about your experiences
Douglas Holmes & Arana Pearson Co-organisors Collective of Voice Hearers from New Zealand & Australian