Self Help Inspiring Forward Thinking

Self Help Inspiring Forward Thinking

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  • Mental health

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Small or unincorporated organisation
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We aim to assist anyone who resides in PO1 to PO6 who experiences mental and/or emotional distress. We're self-referral and non-diagnosis specific. Our peers are members when they say they are. We challenge stigma and social exclusion wherever we find them. We assist our members through peer support, utilising both group work and one to one input.. We've helped many people in many different ways, from impossible-to-source GP appointments during lockdown to successful applications to national and local charities for those who are starting anew; from benefits help/advice to supporting peers at  tribunals; from listening compassionately to someone cry to helping them to find new ways to laugh. This last is possibly the key to what we do. We help our members smile again, and importantly, help them continue to do so.


We hold a variety of support groups, including coffee/lunch drop-ins, an advocacy group (where a portion of our work originates) and our main meeting, the SHIFT Forum (a structured group that our members love). We go into a mental health rehab unit regularly, paving the way for future members, and aim to target other such units as we grow. We meet our members one to one whenever they require it and are online if they don't feel able to face the world. We know about recovery from mental and emotional distress because we've all experienced it in some form. We practice our recovery every day, strengthening everything we set out to do.

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