The groups and activities we offer are all based around wellbeing and socialising. Isolation has a huge impact on our community and those suffering from mental health within Dundee. The activities we offer fall under two categories, social and support. Our social groups allows people to make new friends and learn skills.
The support groups are open to anyone with a mental health problem not just those hear voices, unless otherwise stated in the group information. To find out more information about a specific group or getting involved please get in touch.
- Men only support group (voice hearers only)
- Woman only support group (voice hearers only)
- Peer support (completed peer 2 peer training and have shared experiences)
- Befriending ( befrienders have to complete befriending training)
- OCD support group
- Craft Group
- Music Group
We are hoping to create more groups for our service users and one of which is a media group.
The following are external links and suggestions for coping with the experiences of hearing voices, and seeing visions and having tactile sensations. It is hoped some of these ideas can help you, or someone you care about, towards living positively with these experiences and to maintain a sense of ownership over them.
Remember that you are not alone: Research shows that 4% of people hear voices, this is the same number as have asthma. Voice hearers throughout history have included a great many influential people: religious prophets, doctors and psychologists, philosophers, artists, poets, explorers and politicians.
Manchester Hearing Voices Network
Manchester Hearing Voices Group have created a list of strategies to cope with voice hearing. The list includes some of the following;
- Don’t Believe What The Voices Tell You
- Take Care of Yourself
- Use Stepping Stones
- Structure and Routine
- Social Support Network
- Educating Others On How Best To Help You
- Get Creative
- Keep a Diary or Journal
- Being prescribed the Right Medication for You
- Read And Learn About Hearing Voices
- Celebrate Taking Control
- Find Hobbies
HAVEN Dundee YouTube Channel
There are many videos on YouTube of people talking about there experiences with voice hearing. Check out our page for some videos that HAVEN Dundee members have created.
Mind.org.uk is a website with information and support to improve mental health that we believe is really useful. The Mind website gives you an understanding of voice hearing and strategies for coping.
Hearing Voices Network is International
HAVEN Dundee is one of many Hearing Voices Network groups across the world. The Hearing Voices website offers lots of free downloads to help you on the road to recovery.
Free Telephone Support
Samaritans – What ever you are going through, call Samaritans free, any time of day on 116 123
Breathing Space – Open up when you’re feeling down. Call free on 0800 838 587. Open Mon – Thurs (6pm – 2am) and weekends (Fri 6pm – Mon 6am)
Please be aware that HAVEN Dundee does not have any control over the above external websites. If you notice something of concern on any of the above websites, please inform the website directly.