Exploring the experiences of voice hearers in the UK who identify as belonging to a minority ethnic group.

Research Participants Wanted!!

My name is Zafirah and I am a trainee clinical psychologist. I am currently looking for adult voice hearers from minority ethnic groups to participate in my doctoral research project.

What is the research?

This study aims to explore the experiences of voice hearers in the UK who identify as belonging to a minority ethnic group.


In western communities such as the UK, voice hearing is mainly viewed as a symptom of psychiatric illness. Medication is often the first-line treatment provided to voice-hearers with the aim to eliminate voices. However, research suggests that hearing voices may be a common experience within the population, and that many people belonging to minority ethnic groups may attribute their experiences of hearing voices to spiritual, religious, guiding forces, or other explanations. Therefore, this study aims to explore the experience and perceived impact of having a different explanation whilst being immersed within dominant western perspectives and explanations of hearing voices.

We are looking for individuals who:

–     are 18 years old or above.

–     identify as belonging to an ethnic minority group in the UK.

–     have alternative culturally informed voice hearing explanations (i.e. other than the predominant medical illness perspective).

–     have been hearing voices for at least one year.

–     have previously accessed/currently accessing mental health services for psychosis in the UK.

What would you need to do?

An initial brief telephone conversation


An online interview
(about 60-90 minutes)


You will receive a £10 amazon voucher as a thank you token for your participation.

If you are interested in participating, please email Zafirah Sathar at zb79@canterbury.ac.uk for more information

Published by CHARM Greater Manchester

CHARM, the Community for Holistic, Accessible, Rights Based Mental Health was launched by The Organic Recovery Learning Community in September 2020.

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