The World Hearing Voices Congresses are organized by Intervoice, the international network of people who hear voices, critical professionals and researchers, relatives and carers as well as interested citizens. Intervoice aims to change the understanding and treatment of the experience of hearing voices through producing and disseminating new knowledge regarding voices and through promoting alternative ways of managing the voices, which are based on agency and self-help. The 6th World Congress in Thessaloniki, Greece, is organized by the Hellenic Hearing Voices Network and the Hellenic Observatory for Rights in the Field of Mental Health. It continues the tradition of the previous Congresses held in Maastricht (2009), Nottingham (2010), Savona (2011), Cardiff (2012) and Melbourne (2013).
People who hear voices, carers, professionals and researchers in the field of mental health, as well as anyone else interested in the experience of hearing voices are welcome to attend. The Congress includes research presentations, life stories, stories of recovery, talks about local networks and initiatives, experiential workshops and interactive sessions. It aspires to be a place of coming together, discussing, exchanging ideas and sharing experience between people from many countries, perspectives and paths of life.