Hearing Voices Support Melbourne & Ballarat.

Through the award-winning Voices Vic program, our team delivers support services to improve the wellbeing and recovery of people who are hearing voices and other sensory experiences.

Voices Vic

Auditory Hallucinations & Hearing Voices.

We define ‘hearing voices’ as an umbrella term used to refer to auditory, visual, olfactory sensory experiences that people, and beliefs that people around you do not experience. Hearing voices is not specifically a sign of mental illness, as not everyone that hears voices or is experiencing other sensory events has a mental illness- one in ten of us will experience hearing voices or have unusual sensory experience at some stage in their life.   

“Auditory hallucination” is commonly used to describe hearing voices. Some people experience other hallucinations such as seeing, smelling, tasting, or feeling things that do not exist outside of an individuals personal experience. Whatever you are going through, you’re not alone. 

What is it like to hear voices?

Hearing voices and unusual sensory events is a different experience for everyone. The voices can vary in how often they’re heard, what they sound like, what they are and whether they’re familiar or unfamiliar. Some people can find their voices irritating or distracting, while others can find them frightening or intrusive. The voices might: 

  • Be a familiar male or female
  • Be an unfamiliar male or female
  • Whisper or shout
  • Feel like they’re inside your head 
  • Feel like they’re standing near you
  • Sound like music playing
  • Be an animal call 
  • Be a telephone ringing 
  • Be multiple voices at the same time.

Some people find hearing voices a positive experience as the voices may be encouraging or comforting, allowing them to have a deeper understanding of their emotions. 

However, sometimes hearing voices can be upsetting and distressing. They can talk about very personal matters and say hurtful things. They can threaten or someone you know, which can be quite frightening.

Why do people hear voices? 

Hearing voices is often assumed to be a symptom of a mental health condition. However this is not always the case, up to 1 in 10 people hear voices, making it not an uncommon human experience. 

There are multiple reasons as to why people may hear voices: 

  • Traumatic life experiences
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep 
  • Genetics
  • Extreme hunger 
  • Physical illness
  • Drugs and alcohol use- recreational or prescribed
  • Mental health condition- such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression.

How to manage the voices

Everyone’s voices and sensory experiences are different and may need to be approached in different ways. Some everyday strategies that can be good for coping include: 

Understanding Your Voices

Understanding your relationship with your voice or sensory events and how it connects with your personal history and/or correlates with your life. 

Taking Control of Your Voices

Concentrating on more positive voices and developing strategies to choose when to pay attention to them and when to ignore them to help you feel more in control. 

Looking After Yourself 

Eating a healthy diet, staying physically active, controlling stress, and spending time outside are ways that you can look after yourself. Although difficult, it may be a rewarding experience working towards personal wellbeing. 

Support Groups

With the stigma surrounding hearing voices and other sensory experiences, it can be hard to open up and talk about what you’re experiencing. Support groups can provide a non-judgemental space where you can feel heard, accepted and not alone. 

Support Group For Hearing Voices - Voices Vic

The renowned Voices Vic program, a space led by peers with lived experience in hearing voices, seeks to improve the lives of people who hear voices, see visions or have other sensory experiences. Through the Voices Vic program, our team offers recovery groups, mentoring and one-on-one support across Victoria.

The aim of the group is to spread positivity about the experience of hearing voices, and to develop skills to change an individual’s relationship with the voices. Based on mutual respect, empathy and belonging, the group also offers an opportunity for people to accept and live with their experiences in a way that helps them regain some power over their lives.

Our team also facilitates training across Australia for organisations and individuals, including family, carers and supporters, who work with voice hearers.

Our 25+ Hearing Voices Group is proudly supported by the Ralph & Betty Sims Fund, a sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation.

Who can access this service?

We can support you if you are:

  • Interested in learning the Hearing Voices approach
  • Wanting to set up a Hearing Voices Group
  • Wanting to attend a Hearing Voices Recovery Support Group
  • Interested in one-on-one support 
  • Wanting to improve your group facilitation skills
  • Working directly with someone who hears voices
  • A friend, carer or family member of someone who hears voices

We believe everyone can recover. Contact us to find out how.

Our programs

Hearing Voices Groups

We provide peer led recovery groups for voice hearers to share their experience, learn new coping strategies and explore ways to grow and change the relationship with their voices. The groups give a sense of hope and possibility and provide an open space for voice hearers to feel comfortable.

Our Hearing Voices Groups are delivered in person in St Kilda, Prahran and online. We offer: 

  • Hearing Voices Group (25+ years old)
  • Youth Group (16 to 25 years old)
  • Family, Friends and Carers Group.

Please contact Voices Vic or [email protected] if you:

  • Would like to join a group
  • Are interested in starting a new group
  • Know of a group that you would like to be listed with us.
Youth Programs

The Voices Vic Youth Program improves the wellbeing and recovery of young adults who hear voices aged 16-25 across Melbourne and regional Victoria. Offering support groups, training, mentoring, info sessions to individuals, mental health professionals, peer workers, voice hearers and family members.

To enquire about our Youth Program please contact: [email protected].

One-on-one support

We offer sessions of individual peer support with a highly experienced trained peer worker who also has lived experience of hearing voices and recovery.


We offer mentoring to those who have completed our Hearing Voices Group Setup Training and want ongoing support to set up and facilitate a hearing voices group.

Speaking engagements

Our team members regularly get invited to speak at conferences and events to share their recovery journey and raise awareness of the Hearing Voices Approach. 

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Get in touch

We’re here for you.

To find out more about Voices Vic, contact our team today. 

General enquiries: [email protected]

Training enquiries: [email protected].

Call us on
(03) 9692 9500