It is estimated that 4-10% of the population hear voices that others around them don’t. This is recognised as a highly stigmatising experience.
The Hearing Voices a Guide to understanding helping and empowering individuals app offers support to address this issue; meeting the need for accessible, professional education in the health and social care sector.
A central feature of the app simulates the experience of hearing voices to provide a deeper insight, empathy and understanding. Users are engaged in a number of cognitive and social tasks while listening to recordings created by people who actually hear voices.
The sense of reality is enhanced by the mobility of the app as learners can carry out simulation exercises in any environment.
Podcasts of people who hear voices are also included allowing a number of stories to be heard.
Supporting text, reflective prompts and interactive exercises are used to enhance the learning experience.