By Will Hall
Hello supporters, friends, and colleagues of Portland Hearing Voices!
For more than 18 months Portland Hearing Voices has brought a new vision of mental health to the Portland community and beyond. I’m asking you to take a quick moment to follow this link through to our donation page. Your contribution this season – $5, $15, $25 or more – supports our vital mental diversity work. Donations are tax-deductible.
Our community building and counseling help people with a diagnosis of psychosis — as well as people who’ve never been diagnosed — find ways to live with mental difference, and our education and training help the community learn to better respect and support diversity. Portland Hearing Voices supports people to avoid hospitalization, find friendship and support, gain greater control over our lives, and liberate ourselves from fear, isolation, and discrimination.
We have a simple belief: listen to our experiences. There is meaning in madness, and there is potential growth in our distress. The human mind is far more mysterious than a label or diagnosis could ever encompass, and what gets called a disorder is also intertwined with gifts of sensitivity, creativity, and spirituality. There are many ways to live with madness beyond the narrow medical view of labels and doctors. We are not problems to be solved: we are possibilities waiting to unfold.
Some of Portland Hearing Voices’ accomplishments include:
- Twice monthly Voices and Extreme States support groups
- Staff trainings for agencies and organizations
- Presentations at college classes
- Poetry benefit at the Someday Lounge
- Meditation practice day for people with psychosis
- Cover story in the Portland Mercury
- Music celebration at Backspace
- Workshops and public speaking
- Madness Radio on KBOO-FM monthly
- Support to make more informed medication decisions
- More than 250 people at Powell’s for journalist Robert Whitaker
- Counseling and resource referrals
Please make a donation today: click here to go to our donation page.
Thanks to all of the volunteers, support group members, community partners and contributors who’ve made Portland Hearing Voices a success and continue to nurture our growth. Here’s to embracing mental diversity in 2011!
Portland Hearing Voices