Hearing voices is often a sign of mental illness, however, not everyone that hears voices is thought to be unwell. Approximately 10% of the population hear voices, otherwise known as ‘auditory hallucinations’.

Voices can say negative or positive things and they can be quite upsetting. Some of the treatments for hearing voices can include peer support, talking therapies, and medication. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

What Does it Mean When Someone Hears Voices?

Many mental health professionals refer to hearing voices as ‘auditory hallucinations’. A hallucination typically involves someone hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling, or tasting something that exists in their mind. No-one else experiences those thoughts or feelings etc. 

Some people experience:

  • Hearing music
  • Hearing background noises such as people talking 
  • Hearing animal noises 
  • Hearing people talking to or about you 

Some people might hear a voice that:

  • is female or male 
  • is an adult or child
  • is a familiar voice or one they’ve never heard before 
  • is a whisper or a shout 
  • is speaking in a different accent to them
  • is speaking in a different language to them 
  • frequently speaks to them or only occasionally speaks 
  • talks at the same time other people talk, comment on what they’re doing, or talk between themselves

Did you know that some people find hearing voices to be positive? the voices can be comforting or encouraging. They might remind them to do something or help people to understand their emotions. 

Other people might hear upsetting and negative things. the voices might threaten them or tell them to hurt themselves or others. Sometimes the voices might say negative things about someone the person knows. This can be quite frightening. The voices might become even more upsetting when the sufferer is stressed or anxious. 

How to Get Help if You’re Hearing Voices 

If you are hearing voices you may want to speak to your doctor. They can discuss treatment with you as well as coping techniques. Please make sure you understand the advantages and disadvantages of any treatment you’re offered. 

You might be referred to a psychiatrist or a secondary mental health team. Teams such as this are usually known as crisis teams, community mental health teams, or early intervention teams. 

You can also search online for help and support. There is a lot of information available, this page offers useful advice: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/hearing-voices/managing-voices/ and is worth reading.

Whether you are looking for mental health support in Selby or the surrounding areas, you should know you are not alone. There are many community groups and NHS services that could help you. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk