One day, while online, came across a book titled “Different Shade of Normal” published in 2010 and it deals with schizophrenia (author Jacob Glidewell). You can find it on amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Different-Shade-Normal-Schizophrenic-Thoughts-ebook/dp/B0045OUO4E
Imagine my surprise…and the reason for the surprise is: my perzine (Different Shades of Normal) is of the same name minus a letter, deals with schizophrenia and was published in 2012 : http://wemakezines.ning.com/profiles/blogs/different-shades-of-normal-1
Sure, it’s a little discouraging but you know that saying “minds think alike?” Well they do. Sometimes people will say things at the same time or think the same thing or go through the same experience. Because we’re humans like that.
While on the amazon website, scrolled down the page and came to the “customers also bought” section. It featured a book by Eleanor Longden entitled “learning from the voices in my head” and mentioned they had done a TedTalks lecture. I immediately searched for it and came to this video: http://www.ted.com/talks/eleanor_longden_the_voices_in_my_head.html
while watching this video, i was astonished. listening to Eleanor put new ideas in my head….ideas i had never even considered. Strongly suggest to anyone who is living with or knows/loves someone who hears voices to watch this video.
During their lecture, Eleanor mentions twos websites that I will share with you right now. One is called “Intervoice: The international hearing voices network” http://www.intervoiceonline.org/
and their website states :
INTERVOICE is a close and respectful partnership between voice hearers – who are experts by experience, their carers and mental health workers, academics and activists – who are experts by profession.
INTERVOICE is an international organisation that both promotes the emancipation of voice hearers and the development of best practice in working with those that hear distressing voices.
They also have a Canadian chapter: http://www.intervoiceonline.org/about-intervoice/national-networks-2/canada
The 2nd website is the Hearing Voices Network: http://www.hearingvoicesusa.org/about-us
which led me to Recovery Network Toronto: http://recoverynetworktoronto.wordpress.com/about-2/
Recovery Network also have a workshop coming up in march 2014 for workers who encounter people who hear voices. There`s registration, a fee and it`s in Toronto.
Hope this reaches and helps others like it did for me.