Rules

Information

Group Facilitators

Techniques Used

Provisions

Milton Keynes

Michelle Appleby

Mindfulness

Meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises.

Drinks

Free drinks: tea, coffee and squash.

Stockport

Charlotte Appleby

CBT and DBT

Strategies from cognitive and dialectical therapies.

Snacks

Free snacks: fruit, biscuits or cake.

Your area could be here

Get in touch to set up a peer support group.

Art & Creative Writing

Crafts, drawing, painting, free-writing and poetry.

Supplies

Worksheets, mental health literature and stationary

Your area could be here

Get in touch to set up a peer support group.

Community spirit

Forming relationships for positive support networks.

Games

Such as ping pong or Jenga!

Online

Charlotte Appleby

Self care

Learning to rely on yourself and use healthy coping strategies.

Calm APP

Meditation, sleep stories and mindfulness for free with our voucher codes.

Confidentiality Policy

We believe that confidentiality is fundamental to our work. Group sessions strive to always offer a safe place. Group Facilitators respect the information that they are told within the group session and will not pass this information on to individuals outside of their Lighter Minds UK peer support network[1].

We ask all individuals at group sessions to respect other people’s right to speak in the knowledge that their words will not leave the room. We are unable however to vouch for other individuals at the group session. As such, Lighter Minds UK cannot guarantee confidentiality at our group sessions.

Group Facilitators have a support network within the Lighter Minds UK team. They are encouraged to use this network to discuss issues that arise in sessions. This enables them to be supported through their role and to help their development as Group Facilitators so that the groups they run for you are always improving.

There are a few circumstances under which Lighter Minds UK will be unable to maintain confidentiality.

In an immediate emergency, such as an individual being taken seriously ill during a group session, Group Facilitators will contact the emergency services.

If Group Facilitators are concerned that someone is in a situation where their own life may be at risk or they are at risk of harming another person, they may break confidentiality. Wherever possible this will be done in consultation with the individual of concern. Group Facilitators will initially ask for consent to break confidentiality. The Group Facilitators will explain their concerns and ask the individual about their preference regarding further support, this may include, for example, contacting emergency services, the individual’s GP surgery or university provided support services.

If Group Facilitators are made aware that a child is in immediate danger or harm, they will have to break confidentiality in accordance with the Children Act 1989.

Please note that our Group Facilitators can only offer support within the group session. Our Group Facilitators are trained to provide a supportive community space. They are not trained to identify acute mental health risk or respond in crisis situations. If you are feeling like you want to harm yourself, please consider that many people who have attempted or come close to suicide look back with gratitude that they were not successful in acting on their intentions. If you are feeling actively suicidal now:

  • Make a deal with yourself that you will not act just yet.
  • Tell someone else how you are feeling or find someone to be with you.
  • If that is not possible right now, phone:
    • Samaritans: 116 123
    • NHS non-emergency: 111
    • HOPEline UK: 0800 068 41 41 / text: 0776 209 697

Research into mental health suggests that broad support networks can help recovery from and management of mental health difficulties. The Lighter Minds UK support groups could be part of this picture. Your wider support network might include:

  • Friends and family
  • Your GP
  • Counselling/wellbeing services

Lighter Minds UK routinely shares anonymised information about the running of peer support groups with the community. Group Facilitators, or Lighter Minds UK voluntary staff, may inform the community support services about events or incidents relating to the peer support group. This information does not include details that would identify the support group attendees.

[1] A group’s Lighter Minds UK peer support network may include the Lighter Minds UK voluntary staff team, the group’s designated supervisor and the co-facilitators. The designated supervisor may be part of the national Lighter Minds UK team or may be a member of your community’s support team.