The groups will:
- support between four and eight individuals who have experienced mental health difficulties
- encourage you to understand your recovery from mental ill health
- help you to discover your identity and focus on seeing yourself as a person rather than someone with mental ill health.
When and where do groups meet?
Groups meets once a week for eight sessions at various locations across the Trust. Each session will last two hours. Please speak to a member of your care team to see if there is a group local to you.
What happens at the group?
Using group based tasks and personal learning we will help you to explore things such as:
- connecting with personal identity
- understanding mental health
- encouraging hope for recovery
- building a personal ‘ladder’ towards recovery
- developing and maintaining relationships
- relapse prevention
- inviting family and carers to experience personal recovery stories.
During the first group we will ask you to complete some questionnaires. These will be repeated at the end of the eight weeks. The answers you give to these questions help us to evaluate the group and your progress.
In the last meeting a carer/ family member or your care coordinator will be invited along toshareyour progress within the group.
Your group facilitator will keep other relevant health care professionals informed about your difficulties and involvement in weekly sessions. However, the content of the discussions will remain confidential.
The only instance where confidentiality may be broken is if you indicate that you or somebody else may be at risk.
What if I have any questions?
Please ask a member of our staff who will be happy to answer any questions for you. There will be opportunities for discussion and clarification of issues at your first assessment appointment, before the group begins.
Quotes from previous members of the group
“Knowing recovery is possible has given me a new lease of life”
“Meeting new people has done wonders for me.”
“Hearing others tell their stories was inspiring and encouraging.”
“It is good to know that others experience similar things and recover.”
“I realised I’m not alone.”
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