MEET THE TEAM
Each of our peer supporters have a personal lived experience of mental health illness, and additional training in Mental Health Awareness, Safeguarding, Suicide First Aid and Active Listening.
Connections and creativity have definitely played a vital role in supporting my own mental health.
For me, connections are made through my faith and those who genuinely love and support you, as well those people you've never met before who you can instantly relate to, and share those 'me too' moments with.
A friend taught me to crochet four years ago, and the first thing I made was a cushion cover. Nope, it wasn't perfect, but suddenly the word 'creativity' became more than just mindful colouring..
Creativity opens a whole world of possibilities - it ticks the mindfulness box, provides a purpose, and gives you that amazing feeling of... 'I made that'. Perfectionism has to go right out of the window, as there is no right way of doing any art. The simple fact that you have tried and attempted, makes every piece of creativity a masterpiece and uniquely yours.
food / nature / yarn
Something I value highly in life is my time and quite often we all feel increasingly under pressure to "do more" in our busy lives, whether it's work harder, exercise more, travel further, socialise more, study further and so on.
Inevitably something will give - quite often mental health is the first to fall, yet so hard to acknowledge.
As a Christian, I feel strongly about giving to those in need and giving my time to help the healing of others has been paradoxically necessary in my own mental health wellbeing.
Whilst not naturally creative, it's been heaps of fun trialling the activities on offer at LHOH and I've found that when you put your focus and energy into something without expectation or agenda, you can be surprised and enthralled by the outcome. And if not, the company will make up for it!
sport, gardening, reading
I moved to Haverhill in December 2011 with my family.
I have a keen interest in drama, dance, art and other creative ideas and activities as a way of expression.
I am excited to be a part of LHOH to support and work with people in our community to heal and explore their potential through creativity and fun.
JOIN THE TEAM
We always appreciate the generosity and involvement those who kindly contribute their time to making our support groups happen!
We are currently looking for caring and passionate individuals to provide
peer support to those struggling with their mental health, and help with the running of our groups. Details are as follows:
Mental Health awareness and Suicide First Aid training
Active listening training
Providing 1-1 emotional support
Lived experience preferable.
3-4 hours on the 1st Saturday of the month.
Understanding of mental health desirable.
Chatting in group settings.
Help with refreshments.
Occasional we run workshops - if you have a skill you do or would like to teach to our members, please get in touch - we'd love to hear from you!
Please contact 07756 973611 or email email@example.com if you are interested!