Do you want to find groups and support in the community that might help you improve your health and wellbeing? You can find lots of local support from charities to social groups in the Health Connections Mendip Directory.
At the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust we produce booklets and posters on many aspects of mental health. These are free to download or order and include our Parent’s Guide to Depression. Mental health problems in children and young people, national and local organisations that offer guidance for parents leaflet Parents leaflet Somerset Printable version
The Somerset Phoenix Team offer a Peer Support Group called the New Beginnings Group. The group is designed for parents / carers to give them a better understanding of the effects that sexual abuse can have on children. The content of the group will cover topics such as the science of emotions and how emotions impact on behaviour, how the brain functions and how brain pathways impacted by negative experiences have the potential to be repaired.
It will also introduce research based techniques and strategies that a parent can use to support their children and build a more positive future together.
Another large and significant part of the course will also be thinking about the importance of taking care of themselves as a parent and as a person and why this should be a priority.
The course is run over a series of weeks and each session is two and a half hours long. It is important that attendees can attend all sessions, baring illness and unforeseen circumstances, due to the content being covered and building upon previous learning.
Two Specialist Support Workers will facilitate the group. Due to the nature and content the group will be kept small. If more people express an interest than available places then their name will be put on a waiting list. In case anyone is no longer able to attend their names will be put forward for the next group.
We realise that attending a group can be an anxious experience so a drop in session will be organised prior to the group starting. This will give parents / carers a chance to:
By meeting the facilitators and seeing the venue beforehand we hope that it may help to reduce any anxieties they may have.
A follow up drop in session after the course has finished will also be offered.
Contact the Somerset Phoenix Team on 07590 627693