If you need help immediately over Christmas and New Year, here are some local services:
Police, Fire, Ambulance – for emergencies Tel: 999
Mental Health Assessment Service (MHAS) – Tel: 0131 537 6000
NHS 24 – Tel: 08454 24 24 24
Emergency Social Work Service – Tel: 0800 731 6969
Edinburgh Samaritans – Tel: 0131 221 9999
Castlecliff Hostel – Tel: 0131 225 1643 (provides emergency accommodation)
Housing Options Team – Tel: 0800 032 5968 (out of hours service)
National Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline – Tel: 0800 027 1234
UK Domestic Abuse Violence Helpline – Tel: 0808 2000 247
Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87, Mon-Thurs 6pm-2am, Fri 6pm-Mon 6am (emotional support over the phone)
Simpson House Groups 2013
We re-open Monday 7th Jan
SMART starts Tuesday 8th Jan
(check http://www.smartrecovery.org.uk/ for details of meetings over Christmas. Jardine will be posting this info)
Choose Life starts Thursday 10th Jan
(check blog over holidays)
Crew festive opening
Diane will be at Crew between Christmas and New Year if you need to chat. First SMART group is on Wednesday 9th Jan
Serenity Cafe Festive Opening
We are providing a safe drink and drug free space on Christmas Day 12-4pm and New Years Day 12-4pm
We will be open to 4pm Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
Our Hogmanay Spectacular is on as usual – a family friendly celebration – 7pm til after the bells £5 per person £2 per child
Group starts again Monday 14th January at 10-10.45am in the Grassmarket
We have drawn up a list of new ideas for 2013 which includes having guest speakers creating podcasts, drama and filming. More information about 2013 as it arrives!
Today was a very good meeting with an emphasis on using social media tools. While the group wholeheartedly agreed that social media can be a great method for outreach, support and in some cases be life saving, if used the wrong way can have damaging consequences. The group would like to set up a system on-line where we would have a moderator to check content and if inappropriate offensive content was posted could be dealt with in a way that protects people and creates safe boundaries for all.
All in all a very positive meeting and great hopes for the new year!
STEPS TO ACHIEVE GROUP GOALS
- Setting out the aims
- Creating online spaces
- Having Somewhere to meet
- The idea and what it entails
- Gathering support for the idea
- How do we publicise the group
- More awareness from GP’S re Mental health (Over 40% of cases at surgeries are Mental Health realated)
- Exploring the impact Benefits changes have
- Maintaining contact with Andy MacAleevy
- All services working together to help individual
- Looking at the issues regarding the many obstacles that many face to be admitted to a Psychiatric Hospital
- Looking at the lack of supportive environment for people
- Looking at the resources available
- Looking at the navigation system for help
- Looking at more help from Health services
- Looking at the lack of supportive environment
- Challenging pre-conceptions
- Establish safe environment
- Looking at and sharing inspiration
- Finding common ground
- Feeling supported by one another’s experiences
- Building a good understanding and relationships with one another
- Establishing an ethos and culture within the group
- Looking to find a safe place of respite for individuals who require space away.
Today we looked at how Christmas affected people in the group. Some of the issues people struggled with were; family issues, how the Winter affected them, bereavement issues, childhood memories, feeling alone, financial issues and lastly having a disruption to their weekly routine (with many places closed).
Next week we will look at ways that can help make the Christmas period a bit more bearable.
We discussed the impact of using Social Media for Choose Life @ Simpson House and how through networking and support we could have helped someone to use the tools from the group’s experiences to help keep themselves safe.
We now have 85 followers on Twitter, the word’s getting around about the group!