The group had a celebration for the end of the first year of ‘A Life Worth Living’ and the last group before Christmas. It was lovely to have a good number of people to share in some fun, some snacks and the present game….everyone ended up with more or less what they wanted, with some gifts reflecting the political year, books on Brexit, books on Trump, some the fun, and the Toblerone, now with less chocolate!
We reflected on our year, both as a group and individually and its good to see what growth there has been, the challenges which have been overcome, the struggles which have been survived and supported and the new friendships created. We are very thankful for this group of people and the encouragement which comes from meeting together, but also feeling supported and held even if we are absent for any reason.
The group covered many topics over the last year, not shying away from difficult and challenging conversations which ultimately helped people on their journeys and recovery, and we hope this was balanced with enough fun, music and relaxation!
We will be back in the New Year on Thursday 11th January 2018.
Below is a really helpful resource made by Health in Mind for those who may struggle over the Christmas and New Year period.
Surviving the holidays 2017
We were delighted to welcome Steve Turnbull as our group guest. Steve talked about the many roles he performs including; life coaching, psychology and what most of today’s group focussed on, the way diet affects mental health.
He has spoken at events throughout the UK, Europe and North America, whilst working alongside sports & business professionals, organisations, businesses and private individuals, helping them to work towards fulfilling their full potential.
We would like to say a big thank you to Steve for coming to the group today and how he left us all feeling inspired by the techniques he uses to help People look at their diets to achieve better mental health.
For further information on the many amazing ways Steve helps people please click
From March back through November landscapes draped in black and white
As knife-like shadows in the forests pierced the dimming light
And even mighty rivers disappeared under the strain
Of crushing flows of ice after a night of freezing rain
For now the only sounds that crackle out through winter’s hush
Are frozen pods of snow which to the ground from treetops rush
Exploding on the forest floor as from a fearsome hoard
Of Norsemen fighting wildly for their own wintry warlord
And so it is that through the coldest season of the year
We sequester deep within the halls that we hold dear
Waiting for the sunrise and the promise it will bring
That the stranglehold of winter will be broken by the spring
Then finally it happens; ice flows melt and streams cascade
Flowers bloom and fruit trees blossom while the pall of winter fades
Black and white are all forgotten as a rainbow now appears
And the cycle reinvigorates the passing of the years
This poem very much reflects what our group is about, planting seeds which we hope will bear fruit.