Hearing Voices Cafe Toronto
Tue 7th June 2022
4pm to 6pm
Coffee & All That Jazz
72 Howard Park Ave
Many human experiences like hearing voices have, in this culture, been mystified and made taboo and yet are remarkably common. This renders such experiences harder to live with; harder to learn how we might live with them; and harder to learn how we might support those who find themselves struggling.
We are led to believe that there is only one way of understanding such experiences and only one language we can use to talk about such experiences.
This deeply inhibits and limits our ability to express what we experience and so understand each other’s experience; our ability to learn with and from each other; our options when it comes to seeking support when we struggle and offering support to those who do.
This vicious cycle leads to more us struggling including those who endeavour to support their loved ones.
If a person hears voices you don’t hear, whatever you might think that is a symptom of, it is a symptom of a person being very much alive, probably struggling and experiencing a great deal of pain – and then likely also blamed, called names and ostracized because they do.
The hardest thing to live with for people who hear voices is how we get treated by those who don’t.
Join us for a different kind of conversation about what it means to be human in this world we made for ourselves and each other, and in making a world easier to live in.
Hearing Voices Cafe is rooted the simple belief that we can come together to talk about difficult human experiences in ordinary languages and in ordinary places – so we do.