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 guest to the group – Diane Lee from CREW. Diane showed the group how to use relaxation techniques and the benefits of learning using them to use in the future.
Our next group guest will be Angela voulgari from Penumbra on Thurs 7th Feb.
We had a very good first group of 2013. We welcomed new members to the group who were made to feel very welcome and who’s contribution to th e group was very much appreciated. It was so powerful and heartening to see the way that group members supported each other to feel less alone. With it being the start of a new year ,we talked about what people felt they would like to achieve in 2013.
We discussed ideas for guest speakers which would in turn help the group achieve some of its aims. Paul and Liz will meet up with prospective guest speakers over the next few weeks to arrange a time for them to attend group. Diane Lee will be our first guest to the group next week were she will discuss the benefits of using relaxation techniques.
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!
Things that can help you in dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Using a light box
- Going for a walk/getting some fresh air
- Making a routine/creating some structure
- Getting out of bed
- Looking at your diet
- Being pro active
- Being supported/encouraged
- Watching TV shows/comedy
- Listening to music
- Having fairy lights on display
- Being social
- Using scented oils
- Placing half an orange in the room. The cirtrus scent is awakening and enlivening
- Being self aware
- Using herbal remedies
- Remembering that if you regularly suffer from SAD that by the time spring arrives you know historically things will get better.
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 was the feeling of how great it was to have the opportunity to speak in a group setting which in turn helped people deal better with the thoughts of “No one understands me, I’m the only person to feel like this”
Having the group gave people more hope.
We did more work on Tweeting and networking with the group being very encouraged by the fact that our page now has followers from all over the world!