Recently the Hearing Voices Movement (HVM) has been receiving a lot of very positive press in Canada. The Globe and Mail, CBC’s Tapestry program and the University of British Columbia’s alumni magazine TREK have offered similar kinds of stories. The public finds out about the long known but not well-publicized fact that lots of people who have auditory hallucinations don’t have mental illnesses. Then we learn about someone who benefitted from the supportive atmosphere that the Hearing Voices Movement’s programs offers. We hear that this program helps people better manage their voices.
How could anyone object to such a helpful use of our very limited mental health budgets?
Some of us need to object because, by failing to differentiate between the needs of people who actually have psychotic disorders and those who don’t, HVM poses serious risks.