Coming together to support the Hearing Voices community in Israel
“Individuals from Israel have been staying up until all hours of the night to access on-line Hearing Voices groups being operated in the United States. This has led to demand for training in Israel directly to support the development of new facilitators,” said lead trainer Caroline Mazel-Carlton.
“While we have been able to offer some trainings on-line, the combination of language barriers and time differences, as well as already observed problems with on-line learning even when based in the US, make an on-line training for Israel not only challenging, but ultimately a recipe for failure. To truly supporting Israel to develop a sustainable Hearing Voices Network, an in person training must be offered as soon as pandemic conditions allow.”
The innovative training team at Wildflower Alliance (formerly known as Western Mass Recovery Learning Community) began offering online Hearing Voices groups back in 2017, long before it became necessary in COVID times and despite initial skepticism and some resistance in the community. The participation of Israeli voice hearers in those early online group meetings planted the seeds for today’s growing Hearing Voices network in Israel.
After quickly selling out the first three online classes sponsored by ISPS-Israel, the Wildflower team realized the need for a full in-person facilitator training course in Israel.
Building on its years-long support of the Hearing Voices Research & Development project in the United States, Open Excellence is awarding a $5000 microgrant for an in-person group facilitator training in Israel scheduled for the end of 2021.
With the Open Excellence grant and after the anticipated proceeds from ticket sales, Wildflower hopes to raise an additional $8,800 ahead of the event to set the Hearing Voices Network Israel up for future success.
Those additional funds will aid the newly trained group facilitators in planting new groups in the community by paying for the full translation and provision of needed training materials and other resources.
About the Wildflower Alliance
“The Alliance supports healing and empowerment for our broader communities and people who have been impacted by psychiatric diagnosis, trauma, extreme states, homelessness, problems with substances, and other life-interrupting challenges through Peer-to-peer support & genuine human relationships, Alternative Healing Practices, Learning Opportunities, and Advocacy.
Essential to our work is recognizing and undoing systemic injustices such as racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, transmisogyny, and psychiatric oppression. As a part of our work, we have become the primary source for Hearing Voices Facilitator Trainings and network development support in the United States, and have supported similar efforts in other countries including Brazil, Israel, and more. We also were partners in Open Excellence’s Hearing Voices Research and Development Fund, and played an essential role in the development of the related research and the educational film, Beyond Possible.”
Small grants with a big impact
In the coming weeks, thanks to the commitment and generosity of our donors, Open Excellence will announce further recipients of several competitive microgrants targeting our five priority areas for 2021: COVID-19 relief to providers of peer or voluntary mental health services; decolonizing, racism and inequality in mental health diagnosis and care; industry influence in mental health; the social determinants of mental health; and advocacy and human rights. Though small, these grants will support critical infrastructure at peer service organizations, document and share innovations in care and support early career and peer researchers. (Grant applications are currently accepted by invitation only.)
Grants like this one are made possible by donors of Open Excellence (the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care) like you. Become a monthly sustaining donor today to support the revolution in mental health care.