Magazine


The Finding Our Voices selective mutism magazine is free so please take a look – the issues are listed below to download (these will open as a PDF).

Submissions:The next issue is due out early October 2016. If you would like to contribute to future issues or to the website please send it in to contact@findingourvoices.co.uk

Latest issue!

Published October 2015

In this issue:

  • Selective Mutism Network – Interview with Angel from the SMN
  • The world’s largest sock monkey! – Find out more about him and how he is going to be helping raise awareness of SM
  • Hush – Interview with author Sara Marshall-Ball about her novel featuring a character with selective mutism
  • October SM awareness month – What you are doing to help raise awareness, along with Finding Our Voices #MoreThanQuiet campaign
  • Lots of Smiles – Anna writes about their family’s journey with SM
Download Issue 5

Finding Our Voices Issue 4

Published May 2015

In this issue:

  • Art Therapy – A brief guide on art therapy and the exhibition featuring art by a young person with SM, plus the amazing artwork sent in from the readers
  • How to survive… A summer holiday –Heavy suitcases, strange places, new faces; no wonder some of us struggle with holidays but it doesn’t have to be that way
  • Why Boris? – Joanna tells us about sensory stories
  • Research –Selective Mutism in Adults: An exploratory study
  • SMIRA Conference –The talks, the information, and meeting others with SM for the first time
Download Issue 4

Finding Our Voices Issue 3

Published February 2015

In this issue:

  • SM training and awareness – Two adults who have experienced SM firsthand take on the challenge of doing some awareness training
    Plus: training days for parents, teachers and professionals by Maggie Johnson
  • Interview with Joe Powell, National Director of All Wales People First – Joe talks about his ‘non-verbal’ years, gaining employment with a learning disability and living with Aspergers’ Syndrome
  • How to survive a driving test (even if you fail)
  • Interview with the Selective Mutism Foundation
Download Issue 3

Finding Our Voices Issue 2

Published November 2014

In this issue:

  • Interview with Nathan Carpenter – the 16 year old with SM who has bravely entered a singing competition
  • Research by Victoria Roe on older children/teenagers with SM
  • SM in the Book World – we look at books recently published about SM
  • Interview with the Selective Mutism Group
Download Issue 2

Finding Our Voices Issue 1

Published August 2014

Our first ever issue of Finding Our Voices! In this issue:

  • Interview with SMIRA (Selective Mutism Information and Research Association)
  • Your SM Experience – Donna tells us her story with SM
  • SM Meet Ups – Lizzie writes about how she met a fellow SM sufferer for the first time and how it helped her
  • How to survive… A social situation
Download Issue 1

Your amazing feedback!

"I find the magazine extremely informative. Great stories and great referencing. It really makes you feel 'not alone'!"

Your amazing feedback!

"Your magazine really impressed me. After I read it I didn't feel so alone anymore."

Your amazing feedback!

"Really interesting and helpful articles. Well done Elizabeth and Donna too! I loved your pieces. Looking forward to the next issue already."

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"I have really enjoyed writing pieces for this and I hope even more people will join in next time"

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"What a brilliant magazine, so much hard work, creativity and love has gone into this - it will be an inspiration for so many people. Wishing you good luck and huge amounts of energy to produce many more issues!"

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"It looks amazing! The first thing I went straight to was the article Lizzie wrote about our meet up... Definitely brought a tear to my eye reading how much it helped her!"

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"It is so professionally done, really informative"

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"Wonderful! Awesome! Fantastic! I wish I could have read something like this when we first encountered SM! You've helped so many with this magazine. What are you doing is so very important!"

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"I recommend you for your hard work in 'spreading the word' about SM. I am encouraged by the rise of interest in the condition over the 21 years of SMIRA's existence, which, I am sure, is due, in no small part, to the efforts of the organisation in raising the profile of this disorder. The more ways that people can learn about it, the better."