Young Person’s Self-Help Group

We deliver weekly peer led support groups which for many children and young people who attend prove to be a successful addition to the one-to-one support they receive.

The purpose of our weekly groups are to support Young People and give them tools which they can use to help themselves with their own recovery process, alongside having the opportunity to develop new relationships with their peers which in turn can lead to life long supporting friendships.

Our weekly peer led groups are not just for anyone young person struggling with body image, disordered eating or an eating disorder, but are open to anyone with an underlying general mental health condition.

We always have a variety of topics and we always aim to make our groups fun and stress free.

We have some guidelines at our groups to ensure everyone feels safe and comfortable, and whilst our groups are supervised by a staff member, they are always led and facilitated by our Young Peoples volunteers to ensure that the topics and events are relevant to the feedback we receive from those who continue to attend weekly or from week to week.

Our Group Guidelines include:

  • Respect people’s differences and opinions – you all struggle with different issues and are here for different reasons
  • Please do not discuss diets, weight, calories, exercise, or any other triggering topics
  • Please do not expect a miracle cure- we cannot tell you what to do, but can support you to find your own answers.

If you or a loved one would be interested in joining our now ZOOM weekly Young Persons Group held e very Wednesday between 6pm and 7:30pm you will need to register with Samr@firststepsed.co.uk 

Peer Groups Not for you? no need to worry as we have other ways in which to get support from ourselves:

ChatED is our Messenger service available Monday to Friday at the following times every day:

9am to 10am

12pm to 1pm

3pm to 4pm

Where you can chat with a member of our employed staff around any subject or any worry that you may be currently having and by knowing that you can confidentially discuss this with a member of our team, we may be able to help you lower or remove any anxiety or level of depression you may be feeling.

ChatED is not a crisis line, and if we you are in crises you should seek immediate NHS Medical Help.

Another way of receiving our support is through our Thursday 3pm Fifteen Minute Mental Health training also available through ZOOM.

If you would like to register to join our free Thursday 3pm Fifteen Minute Mental Health Training followed by Questions and Answers please contact training@firststepsed.co.uk

Schedule topics we will be covering during the next few weeks include:

Apr 9, 2020 3:00 PM – What is Mental Health
Apr 16, 2020 3:00 PM – Productivity
Apr 23, 2020 3:00 PM – Building Resilience
Apr 30, 2020 3:00 PM – Body Image
May 7, 2020 3:00 PM – Mindfulness

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