We all hear voices, here is a poem called 'Getting Out of Jail' I wrote in Australia at the International hearing voices event (look out for next years World Congress on Hearing Voices in Maastricht in September). Below the poem is an explanatory text behind the idea that in a way we all hear voices.    

I wrote this for the Independent on Sunday on 7/9/08 to go with Nina Lakhani's piece which I will add at the bottom. The scope of the piece left no room for talking about how the label of schizophenia is an unhelpful one but both pieces make some important points nevertheless:

Rufus May, Clinical Psychologist: 'What's the point of guidelines managers and psychiatrists feel free to ignore?'

The Nice guidelines for Schizophrenia are all very ‘nice’ in theory but in reality they are not being put into practice.  Nice recommends choice, lower doses of medication and psychological treatments.  What is the point of guidelines that the many psychiatrists and managers feel free to ignore?

Click here to see the channel 4 film 'The Doctor Who Hears Voices'

This rap I wrote and performed at a debate at a CBT (Cognitive Behavioural therapy) conference 2 years ago, which included psychologists Richard Bentall, Max Birchwood and Peter Kinderman.

I was asked to discuss the future of CBT for psychosis
Its spreading across the country like Mixamatosis...

End ‘Chemical Cosh’ for the "Mentally Ill”  Article published in The Big Issue ion Nov 08

by Daisy Greenwell

The quick-fix drugs solutions to her brother’s illness caused his early death, says Ana Galvin.

Clare Crestani of the Bath Mad Hatters writes: World Mad Pride Day was on Monday, July 14th. The Mad Hatters of Bath carried out a normality testing street theatre event in Bath City Centre.  Click here to see the film.  
For more information about 'normality testing' and ideas go to www.mindfreedom.org website, the Mad Pride events.

Ignored: the mentally ill killed by drugs that are meant to help them

Campaigners plan to use World Mental Health Day to highlight discrimination within the medical profession against some of its most vulnerable patients

By Nina Lakhani
Sunday, 5 October 2008

This 2 page story ran in th Independent on Sunday 15th of June, its already had a strong response from readers concerned about the over-use of drugs in child and adult psychiatry(click here to see it).

Powerful anti-psychotic drugs designed for adults are being used to treat children, including those with learning difficulties. Brian Brady and Nina Lakhani report

The number of powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to England's children has risen by more than half in four years, government figures have revealed.GPs in England are handing out prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs for children as young as seven at the rate of 250 a day, according to figures obtained by The Independent on Sunday.

Latest data compiled for the NHS show that tranquillisers designed to treat serious conditions including schizophrenia in adults were prescribed to young people 57,000 times in 2003. But the total had risen to more than 90,000 by 2006 – a 59 per cent rise in three years. The figures do not include drugs dispensed in hospitals. Experts believe the increase is partly down to early detection and treatment of serious mental health problems in children, but there is also concern they are being used inappropriately to treat psychological and learning difficulties. Shortage of staff and resources are further factors.