Self Harm Discussion

Today we had Angela Voulgari  from Penumbra in the group today to explain what her Organisation does and to talk about self harm.  A common misconception about Penumbra is that it is a service only for teenagers who self harm.  Angela was able to explain that the organisation works with lots of different areas supporting people’s Mental HealthContinue reading “Self Harm Discussion”

Group welcomes new members!

It was excellent today to welcome two new members to the group.  We looked at the way society deals with the stigma of mental health and ways in that people expressed themselves in our culture. We looked at how sometimes as human beings we sometimes play our talents down and dismiss our strengths all to readily, tending sometimesContinue reading “Group welcomes new members!”

Relaxation techniques

We had a really worthwhile meeting today focussing on what helps when we feel down.  The things that people found most helpful were music, movies and nature.  Group members felt that these passions and interests helped them forget issues they were going through and made them feel a bit better within themselves.    We had our first guestContinue reading “Relaxation techniques”

Group discusses the pros and cons of Social Media

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 weContinue reading “Group discusses the pros and cons of Social Media”

Group looks at the impact of the Christmas period

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 helpContinue reading “Group looks at the impact of the Christmas period”

Group Welcomes more new people!

We had a really good group yesterday.  One of the topics discussed was the need for more information for GP’s regarding Mental Health and how best to help someone in need.  One of the group’s aims is to explore how we can make this happen. One of the big thing to come out of today wasContinue reading “Group Welcomes more new people!”