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Program Name: Portland Hearing Voices
Year the Program was Started: 2009
Public Contact Person: Will Hall
Address: POB 3641
Portland, OR 97210
Telephone #: (413) 210-2803
Email Address: portlandhearingvoices@gmai.com
Website URL: www.portlandhearingvoices.net
Program Category: Community Education, Peer Support, Support Group
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Borrowed Space (church, school, community center)
Annual Program Budget: Under $10,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: 5-10
Volunteers: 3-5
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: Portland Hearing Voices is a community group to promote mental diversity. We create public education, discussion groups, training, and community support related to hearing voices, seeing visions, and having unusual beliefs and sensory experiences often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, mania, paranoia, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders. We aim to reduce fear and misunderstanding, question stereotypes, promote holistic health options, overcome isolation, and create a more inclusive community.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: Portland Hearing Voices is a community group to promote mental diversity. We create public education, discussion groups, training, and community support related to hearing voices, seeing visions, and having unusual beliefs and sensory experiences often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, mania, paranoia, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders. We aim to reduce fear and misunderstanding, question stereotypes, promote holistic health options, overcome isolation, and create a more inclusive community.
Additional Information: We have a mental diversity approach that reaches beyond narrow medical diagnosis and treatments, and we explore creativity, spirituality, trauma, and sensitivity in our experiences. We are proud of who we are and we are not crazy. We help each other learn from and live with our mental differences, and we struggle with emotional distress and pain while also valuing positive sides of what we go through. Non-judgmental; people taking medication, not taking medication, and considering options are welcome.

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