On this page we provide links to newspaper, radio and video interviews and programmes about Ron Coleman and associates:
Respecting the natural voices in your head
Manawatu Standard, 8th June 2011
Most voices – even negative ones – respond well to being treated with respect, says visiting Scottish mental health trainer Ron Coleman.
Full story here
Conversations with ourselves, New Zealand Herald, 4th June 2011
Ron Coleman, diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1982, should know. He spent 10 years in and out of British psychiatric hospitals, including six as a mostly compulsorily “sectioned” in-patient. During that time he was heavily medicated with a range of antipsychotic drugs and given 40 sessions of ECT.
Today he lives happily with his wife, family and seven voices. The workshop at the Western Springs Community Hall is part of a global grassroots organisation known as the Hearing Voices Network.
More information here
Video and Radio
Living with Voices: Interview with Ron Coleman, 3rd July 2011, Madness Radio
Are voices real — or are they just auditory hallucinations and sign of mental illness? Is it best to try to control and get rid of voices – or listen and discover their meaning? After being sexually abused by a priest and in grief at the death of his first wife, Scottish advocate Ron Coleman started hearing voices, was labeled a chronic schizophrenic and spent six years in psychiatric hospitals. Ron describes his remarkable recovery, and how he became a renowned teacher and leading trainer with the Hearing Voices movement in the UK.
Go to this episode on the Madness Radio site here
on Ronson On … Voices In The Head – BBC Radio 4, 26th April 2011
Eleanor Longden started to hear voices in her head when she was at university and was diagnosed as a schizophrenic – a label she totally rejects. Now she is a high achieving academic. What started the voices and how did she get to a point where she not only lives happily with the voices that still exist but also works with others who have the same experience? With contributions from writer Graham Linehan and comedian Josie Long.
Listen to the programme here
Jacqui Dillon Interviewed by Kathryn Ryan, 14 April 2010 on the Nine till Noon show, New Zealand
Jacqui Dillon is a guest speaker at a conference in Wellington this week and in Auckland next week at the Making Sense of Psychosis conference, held by Auckland University and organized jointly by the NZ branch of the International Society for the Psychological Treatments of Schizophrenia and the NZ Hearing Voices Network. (duration: 17′23″)Listen to the programme here
Jacqui Dillon on Madness Radio, 16th June 2009: Hearing Voices Movement
What is it like to hear voices? How do people learn to live with their voices, and are voices sometimes positive and helpful? What is the connection between voices and trauma? Jacqui Dillon, voice hearer and director of the UK Hearing Voices Network, discusses how the movement of people who hear voices is creating self-help alternatives to traditional and often abusive mental health care.
Listen to the programme here
Interview with Rufus May, Sandra Escher and Dirk Corstens, Australia ABC Radio, 8th November 2008 (click on title)
The voices within…
Many people hear voices inside their head — some are diagnosed with schizophrenia, others live privately with the experience. International leaders in the Hearing Voices Network gather in Australia this week, controversially challenging the belief that voices are a pathological symptom without psychological meaning. They argue people can find it therapeutic to ‘dialogue’ with the voices. Meet three clinicians pushing the boundaries.