Hearing Voices

Welcome to our Hearing Voices self-help page. In this section, we will explore what voices are, who hears them and how to cope if they are a problem

What is hearing voices?

If you hear a voice which no one else can hear, this is usually referred to as ‘hearing voices’. This may be experienced as if other people’s voices are inside your head. The voices may be neutral, helpful or unpleasant and threatening. Just because you hear voices, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you have a mental health problem

Why do I hear voices?

Research suggests between 5-28% of the general population experience hearing voices which other people do not hear. There are several reasons why you may begin to hear voices. Sometimes this can be due to abuse experienced in childhood, the use of drugs, sleep deprivation, physical illnesses and mental health problems like bipolar disorder

Do I need to get help?

Hearing voices for many people isn’t a problem. If you find that the voices you hear are difficult to cope with, for example, if they are nasty or threatening towards you, then help is available

Click the picture below to further explore what voices are, how they can be managed, treatment available and how friends and family can help

So what do others say about hearing voices?

Katie, who has bipolar, explains her experience of hearing voices when she is depressed or manic

Emma shares her experience of hearing voices and her journey of seeking help

Rachel discusses hearing voices in her blog ‘I hear voices: I’m human not crazy’ 



Useful Contacts

Hearing Voices Network

Overview Information and support for people who hear voices
Telephone: 01142 718 210
Website: www.hearing-voices.org


Overview: International community for people who hear voices
Website: www.intervoiceonline.org

Rethink Mental Illness

Overview: Information, advice and support for anyone experiencing mental health problems
Website: www.rethink.org

NHS Choices – Hallucinations and hearing voices

Website: www.nhs.uk

Have you checked out our Online Directory? There you will find a vast database of local organisations who offer support and advice across a variety of areas


"Hallucinations And Hearing Voices - NHS Choices". Nhs.uk. N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016

"Hearing Voices | Mind, The Mental Health Charity - Help For Mental Health Problems". Mind.org.uk. N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016

"Hearing Voices And Hallucinations | Juno's Story". YouTube. N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016

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