Intrusive Thoughts

Today’s group looked at how people deal with receiving thoughts they do not want to have. This is more commonly known as O.C.D.  We cannot stop with thoughts come in to our minds but can choose how to deal with them. The obsessive part comes in when people perform compulsions or rituals to try toContinue reading “Intrusive Thoughts”

Equality in Society

So! We just put it out there today; Equality in society…what does that mean for people?  What were their experiences of being treated equally or unequally? Interestingly the group went straight to gender inequality, especially sexual assult on women, a topic that is currently headlining most days as society is rocked by the prevalence ofContinue reading “Equality in Society”

How we listen to music

Chatting about what music means to us is a popular topic at various times in the group.  We did things a bit differently today and took the time to listen to three different songs. We used the time to be quiet and properly listen to the music, the lyrics, the tune, the harmony and theContinue reading “How we listen to music”

Planting for Spring

  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 podsContinue reading “Planting for Spring”

The Impact of Mental Illness

At today’s group we looked at the different ways in which mental health can affect us. We looked at it from two different perspectives. Below are the group findings; 1.Someone who is struggling with poor mental health. I feel people don’t want to talk about problems especially ‘deep’ things I feel isolated There is aContinue reading “The Impact of Mental Illness”

Fun and Smiles

At today’s group we played some fun games and had some cake and goodies as a thank you to one of the group facilitators who’s last day facilitating was today. At the request of a group member we revisited a game that the group first played last year. It is a bit like ‘pass theContinue reading “Fun and Smiles”

Anxiety From World Events

Today at the group we looked at the impact world events can have on our mental health. Over the last few years there does indeed seem to have been constant change around the world politically. For some, adapting to change can be relatively stress free, but for others it can lend itself to a fearContinue reading “Anxiety From World Events”

What Movies/TV Shows mean to us

At today’s group we looked at Movies and TV shows and what they mean to us. The exercise we did was similar to the music one we did a few weeks ago.  We asked members what movies they were watching at different stages in their lives. The stages are; 10 years of age, 15 yearsContinue reading “What Movies/TV Shows mean to us”

Journeys (John Arthur as guest)

It was a real pleasure to welcome John Arthur to the group today as guest. John is well-known around Edinburgh for the work he does in the recovery community. People who know John find him to be an inspiring and caring figure who likes to help and stand up for disadvantaged people in society. WithContinue reading “Journeys (John Arthur as guest)”