I came across this video and thought I would share it here. It was put together by UK based Voice Collective and features 5 young people (13-18 years) who hear voices. It is meant to raise awareness and challenge the stigma persons with hallucinations face.
Hallucinations involve sensing things while awake that appear to be real, but instead have been created by the mind. – National Institutes of Health
Hallucinations may be visual (seeing things), auditory (hearing things), tactile (feeling physical sensations), or olfactory (smelling odors) and other people around you don’t have the same experience.
Hallucinations can be caused by many things, including medical/neurological diagnoses, medication side effects, high fever, delirium, and psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia. Children and adults may even have hallucinations as part of the grieving process following a death (e.g. briefly seeing or hearing the deceased person). It’s important to note that in such cases, hallucinations are a normal/anticipated reaction to a life event. Having hallucinations does not automatically mean that someone is “crazy” or schizophrenic.
A medical/mental health professional should be consulted if the person experiencing hallucinations also appears detached from reality. Stay with them until they receive help.
Remember, people who experience hallucinations are just that; people first and foremost.