The Launch of a National Network
The Hearing Voices Network Ireland (HVNI) invites you to its National launch on Friday 17th
April 2015, 1.30 pm-4.30pm, at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin,
24 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2. The Network launch will be led by Jacqui Dillon, Chair of the
Hearing Voices Network, England and founder of the Hearing Voices Movement worldwide,
Professor Marius Romme from the Netherlands, on whose research the approach was
With the launch of Hearing Voices Network Ireland, the Network joins over 30 nationally
based networks around the world joined by shared goals and values, incorporating a
fundamental belief that there are many ways to understand the experience of hearing
voices and other unusual or extreme experiences. It is part of an international collaboration
between people with lived experience, their families and professionals, to develop an
alternative approach to coping with emotional distress that is empowering and useful to
people, and does not start from the assumption that people who experience voice hearing
have an illness.
Over the past 3 years, the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing embarked upon a
programme of training delivered by Jacqui Dillon in the development and facilitation of
Hearing Voices groups. This training was delivered nationwide with the support of the
mental health nursing programmes in TCD, UCC, DCU, NUIG, St Angela’s, Sligo and UCD and the Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development Units. Over 250 people; professionals,
voice hearers and family members attended the facilitator training and to date over 15
groups have been established across the length and breadth of the country, with more
groups in the process of development.
The event will also feature the official launch of the Hearing Voices Network Ireland logo
created by Michelle Dalton, Irish Voice Hearer and artist, and the Hearing Voices Network
Ireland (www.hearingvoicesnetworkireland.ie) website. ‘High Hopes’, Ireland’s first
homeless choir will provide the entertainment on the day.
We will be most grateful if you would join us for the launch and to celebrate this momentous event.
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org for 10th April 2015
See flyer here HVNI Launch 1