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Born in 1954, Hywel has heard voices since approximately 1965.

He was educated in Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire and at Stonehouse in Gloucestershire.

He is a Combined Honours Graduate of French and Spanish from Birmingham University.

He possesses a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Aberystwyth University.

A retired teacher and lecturer of Spanish, he was labelled by psychiatry as a “schizophrenic” in 1983.

His development of mental health problems as a teacher led eventually to being involved in the mental health voluntary sector as a volunteer in Pembrokeshire and elsewhere.

He founded Mind Pembrokeshire, the Pembrokeshire Hearing Voices Group and Hearing Voices Network Cymru.

He regards voice hearers as saints, prophets, shaman, gurus and/or geniuses. Or the potential for such.

Interests: Faith and spirituality, hearing voices, lived experience

More About Hywel

“I take ownership of my experience and feel content.

I have been a voice hearer since the age of about eleven.

I was labelled by psychiatry in a certain way in 1983.

However, I think that reincarnation, astrology and complementary therapies can help society in the 21st century.

I may be right in terms of what I think. I may be wrong.

Miguel Unamuno, the 20th century Spanish philosopher said that a religion that does not doubt itself is not a religion. Similarly, a man who does not doubt himself is not a man. A woman who does not doubt herself is not a woman.

I am recovered, a traumatized good.

A principal lesson from my experience is to encourage voice hearers to talk and share experiences.”  

Hywel Davies


A selection of articles…..

What is Needed is a Revolution

By Hywel Davies Hywel wrote this article for Asylum, The Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry in 1995.  Hywel argued in this article that what is needed in the world of mental health in Wales and England and,

In Time of Change

By Hywel Davies Reproduced by kind permission of Breakthrough, where it originally appeared in April/May, 1997 Pope John Paul II wrote in a recent book (1) that we are the beginning of an age of

“The Madness Of Adam And Eve: How Schizophrenia Shaped Humanity” by David Horrobin reviewed by Hywel Davies

Hywel Davies reviewed the book “The Madness of Adan and Eve: How Schizophrenia Shaped Humanity” by David Horrobin for The Voices Forum in about 2002 This book is an intelligent and courageous text that links

Hywel Davies pre-1940 Pembrokeshire Postcard Collection

Hywel Davies began to collect pre-1940 Pembrokeshire postcards in 1979. He believes that the first two postcards that he bought as a collector were 1904 coloured distant views of South Sands Beach in Tenby. What