The Hearing Voices Network of SA has been garnering a great deal of interest lately, due to a visit from Ron Coleman to discuss voice hearing and a network with staff from a number of local organisations. I have arranged a number of meets to gather support and get new projects off the ground – there’s more detail on the HVNSA newsletters here and here. It’s fantastic to be part of an existing model with international groups and support!
Of course, at the DI we don’t have that so much. We use the same models but for different experiences. It’s my hope that the interest generated by the HVN will also lead to more awareness of and support for the DI. So please, if you’re interested in being part of this – reach out. Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and lets catch up online or face to face. We are looking at getting a professional referral directory happening for the HVN, the same would be fantastic for people at the DI.
I am involved in a couple of free forums coming up:
Hearing Voices: the reality of a person’s experience
Presented by Matt Ball with Sarah K Reece
Wednesday 10th Dec (following a meetup)
11am – 12.30pm
Mifsa Panangga, 64 Elgin Avenue, Christies Beach
Flyer with details
Making Christmas Easier
Presented by Sarah K Reece
Tuesday 16th Dec
1.30pm – 3pm
Mifsa, 5 Cooke Terrace, Wayville
Flyer with details
This is not specific to people with trauma/dissociation/amnesia/multiplicity, but will be tailored to whoever is there on the day as a workshop around whatever concerns people have. A meetup will be held afterwards if people are interested.
The Online Discussion Group continues to grow, we currently have over 700 profiles linked in. We recently had some big conversations about safety and diversity and how to manage triggers. One suggestion born out of that was to develop some resources around calming distressed parts and coping with feeling triggered – if anyone would like to contribute to such a project, please let me know.
More food for thought from the Group:
- System Responsibility and DID from Trauma and Dissociation
- Rates of Trauma and Dissociative Disorders by Trauma Dissociation
- Astraea’s Web non diagnosis/trauma origin framework of multiplicity
- The Void: dissociation, amnesia, and identity by Sarah K Reece
- On holidays and chaotic working models by J8
- The Emotional Container of Abuse by Kathy Broady
- DID: An empirical overview published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2014 Vol 48(5)
Noel Hunter is a graduate student at Long Island University, doing research into treatments for DID and voice hearing as part of her dissertation. She would love to hear from people who meet the criteria listed here.