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'There were 20 voices all shouting at once'

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This week the first Global Mental Health Summit is being held in Athens, Greece. To mark the event the BBC World Service is looking at a number of mental health issues.

Peter Bullimore went from running a successful business with million pound turnovers to spending 10 years in and out of psychiatric institutions.

He hears voices in his head - and they were causing severe paranoia and suicidal tendencies.

His recovery came via the 'Hearing Voices Network' - a self-help group where people who hear voices can talk about them openly.

He is no longer on medication and has learnt how to deal with his voices in his head.

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