Kate started hearing voices aged four. She would see visions of a man and woman in period clothing and also a little girl but they never spoke.

After her mum died she was placed in children’s homes. In later years she became homeless, she then met a man who she fell pregnant to. Kate now has four children.

Through abusive relationships and constant pressure from social services, she felt she couldn’t take anymore and made a suicide attempt. She was admitted to a psychiatric hospital and given a diagnosis of post traumatic paranoid schizophrenia.

Things that help her now are working for the paranoia network, sharing her experiences with other voice hearers and people who experience paranoia. Getting involved in a hearing voices and paranoia support group changed her life.