As discussed elsewhere on this site, voice-hearing experiences in children and young people are fairly common, can be a normal part of growing up, and are not in themselves a cause for concern. However, if you find that these experiences cause significant, ongoing distress, you (or your child) should seek the advice of your GP or family doctor.
If you need help immediately, see our information on what to do in a crisis. If you want to talk to someone through a confidential listening service, you can try:
Childline: 0800 111 (open 24 hours, 7 days per week)
The Samaritans: 116 123 (open 24 hours, 7 days per week)
Mind: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am–6pm)
Additional support resources
Advice from young people who took part in the Young Voices Study. Manchester Metropolitan University – suggestions and shared experiences from young people who took part in the Young Voices Study at the University of Manchester
Sarah Parry and Filippo Varese (2017). Parents, don’t panic if your child is hears voices, it’s actually quite common. The Conversation.
Sarah Parry and Filippo Varese (2017). Ten tips for parents of children who hear voices. Mad in America.