One of our beneficiaries, Time and Space featured in The Riverside Show on STV Glasgow for Mental Health Awareness week. Time and Space in a unique service which was founded for those who are troubled by hearing voices (also known as auditory hallucinations), people who have experience of self-harm and their carer’s and supporters.
Lindsay Millar, co-founder of Time and Space explains; “Most commonly hearing voices is commonly associated with Schizophrenia and it is very stigmatised.
Hearing voices is seemed to be something that is really bad, a sign that the person is some sort of deviant. It is not something you hear positive stories about.”
To further explain auditory hallucinations Lindsay continued; “Most people have a hostile voice but most people have more than one voice, sometimes there is a good voice buried in their heads that they can’t hear properly.”
Time and Space teach techniques in their sessions to try and bring out the good voices. One example is by using miniature toy figures which represent the voices. Having a physical representation of the voice can make it seem less powerful if you are holding it in your hand.
However there are lots of different coping techniques to help different people.
Time and Space received a grant of £2,000 from the Women’s Fund to contribute towards a weekend drop-in service. A lot of existing services are unwilling to work therapeutically with sufferers of auditory hallucinations and many have to result to medication.
The work delivered by Time and Space will improve women’s health and well-being and also increase their confidence.
View Time and Space interview by clicking here.