Art is often used as a psychotherapeutic intervention because it enhances communication, but in a less direct way than language. Moreover, practiced regularly it is a form of mindfulness that reduces focus on ones own troubles. It offers opportunity for interaction and development of self esteem
Arts & crafts is a less formal way, of allowing individuals to express themselves. Doing a group session outdoors, using natures gifts allows a person the freedom of restricted thought. It allows a person to experience awe and wonder. This is something that returns value to someone who feels their life has been de-valued and engages hope
Photography is an excellent tool to engage the brain with the beauty of nature, to see the wonder of life and to allow individuals to share that momentary experience with others, in an extremely positive manner
Developing an employment oriented skill helps some clients on a path to a more 'normal' life, for others ICT allows interaction with like minded souls online, thus reducing social isolation and loneliness, which is commonly an adjunct of mental ill-health or the associated stigma
Poetry is for many the cry of the soul delivered rhythmically for others, it may be a song or a riddle. Regardless, many therapeutic activities strive to give clients authorship of their own story, transforming suffering into Art.
Apart from providing a structure form of social interaction and discussion. The films selected offer an opportunity to discuss aspects of life related to illness. e.g. relationship breakdown, abuse and trauma. Furthermore the visual story telling and cinematography give clients the opportunity to experience catharsis and beauty.
Life in the services is built around cameraderie; the loss of this is often associated with depression among those discharged from the forces. Often veterans isolate themselves and group activity offers fellowship and reduces isolation. Our group will offer the support the individual needs, friendship, support, debt management, benefits advice plus Counselling for PTSD
A weekly group for family or carers of Veterans. Often just a place to discuss frustrations, to engage in learning about Institutionalisation or PTSD. A place to escape the stress.
A fun place or a quiet place, it's your choice, but a place just to drop into, when you feel the need for companionship, where all have a total understanding or compassion for those with mental health issues.
The Contact Cafe is available to all of our members, offering low cost and healthy meals. We are hoping to expand this service to offer budget cookery lessons.
Exercise is a well documented approach that reduces depression and anxiety. It is also pro-social and provides a structure, to interaction for those who find meeting others difficult.
Stress related eating is a factor in many illnesses as well, Healthy eating information and advice also help those for whom weight gain is an unwelcome but common side effect of much medication.