Participants in the research found writing about their voice-hearing helped them discover a new and positive occupational strategy.
The research into how voice hearing affects people's working lives was carried out by Lisa Craig for her MSc Occupational Therapy course.
Her article, co-authored by her supervisor Dr Josh Cameron from the School of Health Sciences, and Dr Eleanor Longden from the Psychosis Research Unit, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, has been published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Hearing distressing voices can be a significant mental health challenge, potentially disrupting working lives, yet few studies have explored voice hearing in relation to employment. The study aimed to understand the work-related experiences of voice-hearers, including the impacts on their working lives and their corresponding self-management strategies.
Ms Craig said: “Current research suggests that coping with hearing voices, amongst other things, can make it difficult for people to get or keep jobs. However, the research doesn’t explore this in any depth.”