Compassion for Voices: A Tale of Courage and Hope

Compassion for Voices is an innovative project developed from a collaborative partnership between Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland and Kate Anderson. This collaborative project produced a short animated film that communicates both the research and therapeutic aspects of Charlie’s PhD to a non-academic audience; particularly people with psychosis, their friends and families, but with equal potential to reach and engage health workers, policy makers, and the wider society. This 5-minute film presents an alternative way of relating to experiences, which goes against the tide of traditional approaches and culturally engrained attitudes. Essentially, it charts the therapeutic progression of a young man, Stuart, from being tormented by his voices, through establishing safeness, to developing the qualities needed to engage with them through compassionate dialogue. For people with psychosis, this may have therapeutic value as a template or metaphor for their own recovery journey.

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This project is a Cultural Institute at King's project led by Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland, Department of Psychology at King’s, in collaboration with Kate Anderson, independent animation director. It is part of the Cultural Institute at King's Collaborative Innovation Scheme for Early Career Researchers.