Published online by Cambridge University Press: 16 November 2018
It is important to only access information if you are feeling able and confident to do so. Ideally, this should be done in the presence of a therapist or health care professional or supported by a close other you can trust, such as a carer, family member or friend. However, if you wish to seek support or additional resources please visit:
Eleanor Longen, health care professional and academic, but also someone with lived experience who gives a very insightful talk on her story of unusual experiences – search for Eleanor Longden TED Talk on YouTube.
The Hearing Voices Network is a great resource containing information on hearing voices, and they also have a number of affiliated groups set up around the country that people can attend –www.hearing-voices.org
The NSPCC website contains resources and contact information to receive support if you have been a victim of childhood abuse or neglect – www.nspcc.org.uk
There are lots of different reasons for the development of psychosis, so it may also be useful to look at Chapter 5. It is important to be compassionate toward ourselves when we have experienced trauma, so a useful chapter would be Chapter 12. See Chapters 9, 10 and 11 for more detail on the unusual experiences discussed in this chapter (e.g. unusual beliefs, hearing voices, seeing things others cannot see).