Today we has a really nice size group which included some people who had not been for a while. It was really interesting for people to catch up with how everyone was doing. While doing the “check in” today quite a few people were struggling with issues which were possibly exacerbated with it being so close to the Christmas season. The encouraging thing was that people were making positive plans to cope with this period which can be very an emotional time for people. The support each group member gave each other was immense and you could see the heaviness drop from people while they were able to explain how they felt and to be supported by others. There can be pressure on people who live alone, feeling their isolation more acutely when faced with greater socializing going around about them. Some of the topics we looked at regarding Christmas were; the effects of using alcohol, how to help yourself, not being afraid to talk and to plan ahead.
Near the end of the meeting we watched the videos from group guests taking about their experiences of the group (everyone was inspired by them).