Hearing Voices Support Group

“I’ve long struggled with intrusive voices. I started attending the Hearing Voices Support Group in 2014. The idea for the Hearing Voices Network was for people to meet others with similar experiences. So it de-pathologizes it. Realizing other people had them too was really helpful for me — and they were reduced by 30%. Now I use it as maintenance for myself.” — Michael, the voice-hearer of the co-facilitators, although he calls them “intrusive thoughts.”

One in ten people hear voices.

Voices, visions, or other unusual or extreme experiences may be unique, but they are not uncommon. The Hearing Voices Support Group is a place where people can share these experiences in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect.

A paracusia, or auditory hallucination, is a form of hallucination that involves perceiving sounds without auditory stimulus. Mental health conditions related to auditory hallucinations can be psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophrenia.

As a member of the Hearing Voices Network (www.hearingvoicesusa.org), this group provides a setting where people have the opportunity to share their experiences and benefit from a valuable exchange of first-hand expertise. Members tell their personal stories, listen empathetically to each other, offer support, and suggest strategies.

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday every month, 3:30 to 5pm, at the NAMI NYC office. Check the calendar here.

Have questions? Please contact the Helpline for more information at 212-684-3264 or email us.