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Mental Health Awareness Week at the Long Island OMH Field Office

“Developing Empathy for the Lived Experience of Psychiatric Disability: A Simulation of Hearing Distressing Voices”

A unique training developed by Pat Deegan and Associates, LLC, is being offered by the Long Island Field Office. At no expense to you, you will have an amazing learning opportunity. They will experience what it is like to live with distressing voices, which may help to create a change in the way we interpret behaviors of people who hear voices.

LIFO first presented this training at Mental Health Awareness Week 2015, and the response was undeniably positive. You will leave with a deeper understanding of what voice hearers go through daily. Our goal is to assist you and/or staff to reflect a newfound empathy and appreciation of people with psychiatric disabilities.

The teaching is two-fold: We start with a video of Dr. Pat Deegan, PhD. Dr. Deegan is a person in recovery from schizophrenia and a voice hearer herself. She explains what voice hearing is and importantly, what it is not. Dr. Deegan talks briefly of her own voice hearing and other sensory experiences. The second part of the training is comprised of a simulation during which participants navigate the training facility while hearing distressing voices and performing tasks, answering questions and interacting with others.

* If you are an individual that experiences hearing distressing voices, this workshop may not be beneficial

You may have seen Anderson Cooper of CNN traverse a few city blocks while listening to this. His interview with Dr. Deegan is available on YouTube

Thursday October 5th, 10AM-12 Noon
998 Crooked Hill Road, W. Brentwood, NY 11717 Building 45

The Long Island Field Office is committed to providing this training and it is offered at no cost to your staff. To learn more, or to schedule training, please contact Marie Toussaint at 631-761-2508 or

More details on this PDF: OMH_EMPATHY


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