Truth is Good 2017

 

29 May 2017 THE CHALLENGE

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The last week has been a mixture as you would expect, not just because of Manchester and what happened there, but yes because of Manchester.  The worst and the best of humanity.  Yet I do not, I cannot add much more to what has already been said.  And Manchester’s poet, Tony Walsh, well no-one could have put it better than he did. My heart is with the people of Manchester, who I know as decent, hard working, very loving, sharing and practical people.

Can I ask a little bit about the future, where we are going?  Why is it we seem to be stuck like a broken record going round the same old groove.

IS IT NOT TIME TO MOVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

Is the fear of change so strong that it is hindering humanity from being all that it can be?

Are we all so full of fear of a future we will not be able to recognise that we put up with present conditions that are growing steadily worse day by day?

Have we all become so set in our ways that we have forgotten the excitement a surprise or a change can bring?

Or is it simply that positive change is happening but not being reported because we identify more with the unpleasant, the negative?

So here is my challenge to you, on this Bank Holiday Monday when, I believe we have a super storm, the size of Wales hitting us:

Break the routine, do something you have never done before but always wanted to try;

Spend one full day not moaning about anything and being grateful for everything you have;

Make a point of passing the time of day with your neighbours;

Keep a diary for a month and write nothing but the positive things you get up to in it; and

Change your routine one step at a time, making more time for family, a creative activity you enjoy, a weekly exercise routine, a weekend holiday with the one closest to you or to somewhere you have never been before.

Take a note at the beginning of where your mental health and wellbeing is before you start then let me know, at the end of June, how you got on!

Lots of love, Sandra

 

 

18 May 2017

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MY NAME IS SANDRA MARSHALL, AND TODAY LIFE CHANGES!

TODAY I BECOME A WARRIOR FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, FAIRNESS, REAL SUPPORT and FACILITATION OF EDUCATION!

THERE IS HOPE, THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE, YOU JUST HAVE TO PUT THE EFFORT IN!

NOTHING HAS TO STAY THE SAME FOREVER!

THE WORLD CAN CHANGE, YOU JUST HAVE TO CHANGE IT!

EVERYTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT IS DONE! (NELSON MANDELA)!

WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO CHANGE EVERYTHING, IT’S TIME!

Yesterday, I heard some very sad news, yesterday a woman Lesley, in her thirties or forties died from an overdose, because, well we will never know the real answer to that.  A woman who had suffered trauma and abuse all her adult life.  A woman who fought a drug dependency for years and who I saw just two weeks ago, laughing, strong and happy as she graduated from rehab alongside my friend. She had a new flat, was going to a new life, had changed her life and was fighting hard with confidence. JUST WHAT HAPPENED.  Within one week of her leaving the Rehab she is dead.

I know I will not wait any more, it is time for action!

DID YOU KNOW THAT ONE IN THREE ADULTS IN THE UK HAVE SUFFERED SOME FORM OF ABUSE BEFORE THE AGE OF 20?

Did you know that it is in the teenage years that the brain decides what is needed for the human body it inhabits to survive.  Trauma and abuse at this age mean that the brain will see survival from these acts as the normal way of being for the body at a sub-conscious level.  The brain becomes hyper-sensitive and sees danger, even where there is no danger.

IT TAKES AN EXTREMELY LONG TIME TO RE-EDUCATE YOUR BRAIN!

Do you know what we are doing to our teenage children now?

We expose them to NEGATIVE CONDITIONING, they are forced to live with unbelievable pressure and anxiety put on them by our way of living, our present society.  It is too easy to brand someone a failure before they have ever had a chance.  The unique individual talents and gifts that we all have are smothered under the fear that things might change if everyone is allowed free choice and development.  Everyone is judged to be in one box or another because of where they came from or their “abilities”.  We are conditioned to be afraid of this group because of where they come from or how they have to live. WHY?

We all belong to different clans and live segregated lives, WHY?

Can we not accept that we are as diverse in knowledge, ability, practicality, etc,

Can we not celebrate and love that diversity instead of being afraid of it.

Can we not negotiate ways of working together instead of being afraid of each other.

Can we give up this mantra of divide and conquer and I need more power and create a sensible decent environment for everyone to live.

Can we not cast our barometer to hope instead of fear.

There is much more to this than you think but it is better let out slowly than all in one outburst, and for the avoidance of doubt I am talking about the brain and not politics.

However, here’s a question for you. JUST ASK YOURSELF, DO I HAVE HOPE?

IN MEMORY OF LESLEY

As a young girl I imagine you playing with your friends

Being the leader, the caring one I see,

At School I imagine the clever shy girl

Loved by everyone

As a teenager, trying hard, A young woman crying in pain

Made to feel worthless, useless, time and again

Looking for love that would mend everything

Caring and loyal, fighting hard to the end

Trying to break free

For your children, for your grand-child,

Always

Putting a brave face on everything, so hard

To find the light at the end of that long dark road.

But you, you are the strong one who succeeded

You did it, with bravery, sensitivity, a lot of laughter and tears.

You broke the devil’s bonds

The joy, strength, love in your heart

Showed through everything on that day 4th May 2017.

Although I only knew you for a few minutes, a few seconds in life

I will always remember that moment and the inspiration that shone in your face.

The shame of shames,

That there was no-one there, to help you through at the end

God bless you always Lesley, I will not forget that smile

With love from Sandra Marshall 18 May 2017

 

 

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TRUTH IS GOOD 17 MAY 2017
What an interesting morning, yesterday, with a lot of political content!

Watching the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC was definitely different, for a start.  We do not get to hear a lot around what and how debates are going in England in respect of the General Election, so yesterday morning was really just to catch up.

The main reason for carrying out this research, actually, was because of the Question Time programme on Thursday 11 May, broadcast from Edinburgh which did not really reflect the arguments I thought were being debated on the ground in Scotland and that disturbed me quite a bit.

I am disturbed because it would appear that realities facing the country are not being debated in any great depth.  There appears to be some real confusion, especially among young people, about the whole political system, the different colours and outlooks of each party, misconception and misunderstanding about what historically happened and a general lack of understanding around why voting for what you believe is right is essential if you wish to get the best out of the governance of the country you live in.

Why do I mention governance?  I have found myself on the largest learning curve of my life over the last ten years and a lot of what I have had to learn has been about structure and governance of everything from community groups, charities, social enterprises, educational structures, the list goes on.

The simple truth is although we all should have our say and take part in the running of our countries, the most effective and constructive way of ensuring the job gets done properly is to have a committee that will apply their management skills to taking what is being said and delegate action on behalf of everyone.  Debates in parliament are meant to decide the best way forward for each action giving equal opportunity to as many points of view that are shared as possible.

That is what our government is supposed to do.  They are not there to act independent of those voting for action etc., but to carry out what the majority decision is.

It is a serious bit of mis-communication that puts individuals, families, communities, living within a country at a lesser level and insists that action is being taken on behalf of everyone without consultation of everyone.

My intention, therefore, during the coming days, is to put forward what is actually being stated by each party’s manifesto in a way, hopefully, that will be plain speech to everyone.  I will not only put forward the manifesto points (not the whole manifesto – too long),  but I will also record what has been achieved by each party to date in terms of benefit, or non-benefit to the people of the UK as a whole from recent (2010 onwards), previous manifesto promises.  Please note that I cannot eliminate my viewpoint totally from what I write, however, I will put both sides of the argument as clearly as I can.

The reason I am doing this is not to benefit any particular party but to inform the younger generation properly because they need to make their minds up on real facts, not disinformation or un-clear communication.

I would urge anyone who has a question to comment or get in touch if they think I can answer or someone else reading can answer.  I also welcome all feedback because, it keeps everything real, up-front, accountable and honest.

To start with, some points that came up during my research yesterday:

There was a lot of discussion around the Conservative sound-bite about preserving worker’s rights, in fact making them stronger, one point put across several times was the fact that the Conservative Government are introducing a right for carers to take unpaid leave to care for family members etc.

I have to say, from my own personal viewpoint, this is a sound-bite because:

  • In 2010 the Conservatives wanted to re-write the Human Rights Act from a UK perspective, partly because they did not understand the European Convention on Human Rights. This party is now planning to make sure the European Convention is complied with fully, which shows that they did not originally understand the European Convention.
  • Why would a Conservative Government seek to scrap paternity leave because, in their words, it was not required, then decide that unpaid leave would be given to those caring for a family member. Is there any sense there?
  • Why unpaid leave?  Are family members worth less? What is the difference between caring for a child and caring for an older family member.  You get child benefit for caring for a child.  This job is to be unpaid, need I say more?
  • If the Conservatives truly believe in strong workers’ rights, why have they been working against this as a party since 2010?
  • The Conservative Government have, I have been told, been advised that their Government has actually breached the UN Convention on Human Rights, never mind the EU Convention on Human Rights which came after the UN Convention, with their actions in this country.

I  have found, throughout my 33 years’ voting experience, that political parties of every persuasion will create sound-bites in order to get votes.  The sad thing is that politicians don’t realise that not everybody follows politics, and this type of electioneering  tradition can cause total confusion. At a time where it is essential that as many as possible vote, it is probably extremely unhelpful to any political case to enter into this type of electioneering.

One more point, every government, since I was a young girl, have kept salaries and budgets in public services including police, education and health service low compared with their spending on war and weapons!!

Lastly, one thing we all do from time to time we and our governments blame others for the course we choose. That is not going to solve anything is it!

Don’t we all have to take responsibility for making our communities, the places we live in the best they can be responsibly?

AFTER ALL THE PEOPLE ARE THE GOVERNMENT!!

Sandra Marshall 17 May 2017

Pride, ego, manipulation.

Tortured smiles, forlorn hope.

Forgotten dreams,

broken heart.

Just another day

Shared by they

Turned by power; led by greed

Yet knows deep within

That the  greatest power

Lays within, the heart, the soul

And the spirit.

Awaken these

And true self shall appear.

Life is Life is Life Scrolls (found Enchantment shop, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh)

Written by The Unconventional Scribbler, Paul Charles 2016.

 

 

 

About

 

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This Website is not only about my writing passion;

Truth is Good 2017

Scotland Positive

My Quiet Revolution Poetry.

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I live in community with one of the most genuine, empathetic groups of people you could ever know (people who live on the edge of every community, people who are generally considered strange, mad, broken, different, excluded), unique, special, individuals who are often the most knowledgeable, caring, activist people you will ever meet:

MIND’S WELL RECOVERY COLLEGE

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Mind’s Well Recovery College is a creative mental health social enterprise founded by an amazing Spanish woman, Maria Naranjo, who came to Scotland fifteen years ago, studied and worked in the field of Mental Health for twelve years and, when she needed support because of her own problems, and found the gap in support services for those with mental health issues is real, decided to define the next support development in mental health recovery in Scotland.

Mind’s Well provides mental health and health and wellbeing education and training for everyone. Not only that.  Mind’s Well develops and trains volunteers and paid staff providing them with self-awareness, self-management tools, support and supervision that inspire individuals to take the next step.  Some of the skills provided are support into work qualifications directly qualifying individuals for support, peer support and peer education facilitation work, either voluntary or paid.

All Mind’s Well workshops were put together with the help of people with lived experience.  After all isn’t it common sense, people who have been there, understand more about the issues than those reading them from a text book. It is people with lived experience who provide their own individual experience to every training for trainers workshop presented by Minds Well facilitators.

The workshops, quite simply, provide the tools and background knowledge that we all need to a certain extent. Come along and find out:

Narrative Therapy

Mental Health & The Teenage Brain

Self-Harm & Suicide Awareness

Complex Trauma or PTSD

Dual Diagnosis Addictions and Mental Health

Managing Self-Harming Behaviours

PDA Mental Health Peer Support SCQF7

 

And Totally unrelated to these courses but from a very special person

The Unconventional Scribbler, Paul Charles, May 2017

Freedom for Awareness

 

PEOPLE POWERED PLACES, FEEL FRESH FRIDAYS, LEITH HUB

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My passion for working in Local community development has its roots further back in time when my family and I moved to a new house in Morvenside, Edinburgh in 1996.  New social housing was just being built and there were problems with young people attacking the newly planted trees and shrubbery.  The Housing Association were trying to get the local residents to create a residents association.

This was at the very beginning of  a regeneration project in Edinburgh.  Nowhere as involved as it is now.

The idea that kept going through my head even back then, “what can we do to give young people a sense of belonging that will give them roots, responsibility and a will to care for where they live?”

Although this was so long ago we are still asking those questions, but in a broader way.  Now we are also saying local community should have more ownership of what happens in the community they live in, including deciding where resources should go and what the community area look like, what services should look like and where they should be.

We need to take responsibility for the area we live in and make it better ourselves, asking local authorities, government, experts etc. to work with us and help us with resources, expertise and community, aid us to create ideal places for our local communities to live, work and breathe, build our own micro-economies, create a health & wellbeing way of life that includes everyone, even “pirates.”

In this area I have had the honour of working with community activists from every possible background you can imagine, am completing a Community Learning Development Course with Glasgow Caledonian University and a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics with the Open University.

Now, who would have believed all of this twenty years ago. Life from then to this point has been life at its fullest, weirdest, with the largest learning curve you can imagine and I thank God for the path I am on, all I have learned and am re-defining, on a daily basis……….

 

GROUP FORUM MENTAL HEALTH, COMMUNITY IDEAS

Discussion points posted once a week.  First one, 8 May 2017.

Let me know what you think, let’s share and speak to each other in a safe environment.

Join in the conversations, help develop the Community idea; or

Let your voice be heard with regard to positive mental health.

If it is positive mental health, you are a person with lived experience and feel that you can contribute to our training in a way that will benefit those who need support and those who offer support then please let us hear from you.  It will help us facilitate training and information sessions that are relevant and worthwhile.

If you have an idea that is not being heard in respect of Community Development or Regeneration or services or anything like that and you want to test its possibilities or you wish to share it with a wider audience then please feel free to use this forum to do so.

I promise I will always recognise people for their contribution because I have learned and believe totally this whole process can never be an individual effort.  It requires all who are involved to work together in their own individual way.  I am only one cog in the wheel.  If you wish, however, to remain anonymous then that, of course, is always ok, too.

I am an accountable person, judge me by my actions, not my words.  If there is anything you are not happy about or you feel should not be on the forum, then just talk to me.  I welcome constructive criticism and feedback.  It makes everything real, up-front and honest.

Nothing stands still, everything develops and we must move with it, however, in my view at least, DIVERSITY is the key to everything.

WE ARE ALL PART OF THE HUMAN FAMILY,  LETS BUILD A BETTER FUTURE TOGETHER.

Discussion via – Leith Unique Community Discussion Closed Group on Facebook under Sandra Marshall.

 

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8 May, 2017

Mental Health – Complex Trauma or PTSD or Being Human

With regard to Mental Health, I have learned so much and more each and every day I learn. It was no different in our workshop today.  So many different unique perspectives on one subject.  I have suffered from a complex trauma issue for a few years now and I have been human all my life.

There are times when I over-react simply because my brain is telling me about the dangerous situation I am in, even when it is not a dangerous situation.

If a trigger I have never realised was there suddenly decides to rock my boat, it takes time to recognise what it is and what I can do to re-train my brain not to consider that particular trigger a problem.

There are some long, quite scary words used in Complex Trauma training, “systemic abuse,” being one of them.  Now that one can open up a whole can of worms, anything from watching too much news, to being hounded in respect of benefits, creating all the anxiety and stress that does bring-up.

You know, I am sure that every single individual interprets communication completely differently from the next person.  If you look at the process:

You see something, you think a thought – through the chemical processes of the brain, that thought becomes communication and in the case of verbal communication, you then have a  verbal, communication.

The person, receiving the information, hears and sees the verbal communication, which is then decoded by the brain.

A complicated process.

Added to which we all have our own developed individual realities, issues, background, that get in the way of us completely understanding, or interpreting what is being communicated in the way the person creating the communication meant it to be heard, seen etc.

We also have something else that can interfere in the whole process and that is an ability emotionally to feel what a communication is about.  We pick up emotion at an unconscious level and can get the communication wrong if what we see and what we feel do not match-up.  We can be honest about statements, and truly believe that the act was carried out, even when it didn’t happen that way at all, simply because we feel the intention, even when we do not see the act, itself.

Empathy, when we connect with others at an emotional level is an amazing human ability.  It allows us to sympathise, and, although we cannot walk in anyone else’s shoes, relate to others with similiar life experiences or issues.  In this way, we  can share, learn, teach, support each other.  Mutuality, as it is called, can bring a more complete, in-depth mutual support experience (Peer Support), than other forms of support. Some people are so sensitive to the emotions of others that they can end up travelling the road with the person suffering emotional disturbance.  It can prove impossible to pull away or draw back easily from situations, causing trauma to the previously unaffected person in addition to the person suffering disturbance.

Did you know?  The brain is really like the branches at the top of the tree, it is where the chemical/electrical thought, memory, etc. processes occur.  We do, however have other systems in the body that are part of the whole brain system.  These areas are located in the heart and the gut, the liver as Muslim people would say.

It is only when these three brain functions work in harmony, ie. we do not have a gut instinct or a heart suspicion that is different from the thoughts going through our brain. On the contrary, everything is working together, that we can be in the best place we can possibly get too.

So that was my day’s learning.  I would love to hear from folks on what they think, etc.

 

 

Minds Well Recovery College

MAY-JUNE DIARY MIND’S WELL RECOVERY COLLEGE

 

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MONDAY 8 MAY – COMPLEX TRAUMA & ABUSE – 09:30-16:00

What does complex Trauma mean in today’s context?

We will introduce the topic systemic abuse in relation to complex trauma. The pace of life, stressors, demands at work, work/life balance, abusive practices from people in positions of power, lifestyles based on consumerism, and, generalised abuse are having a detrimental effect on our psychological wellbeing.

The concept of complex trauma is multi-dimensional, we are experiencing an unprecedented exposure to stressful situations and people’s ability to cope with these stressors is diminishing.

Trauma is different for every individual. An experience will be deemed as traumatic for an individual if the person perceives not having the resources to face the challenge.  Furthermore, trauma has a cumulative effect.

According to research, the levels of anxiety and stress in the UK indicate that almost 50% of the population are affected.

In this course we will discuss how trauma occurs, how to manage symptoms and to reduce the impact that trauma and loss have in clients’ psychological, emotional and physical health.

You will develop a trauma informed practice.  You will gain understanding of the effects of trauma.on child development, human psychology and how to minimise the effects without re-traumatising the individual.

Programme:

You will understand the mechanics behind stress and trauma; Short and long term effects of trauma; cumulative effects; Experience and learn simple techniques to reduce stress for you and your clients; learn how to develop a trauma informed practice.

 

WEDNESDAY 10 MAY – 09:30-16:30 COPING WITH ANXIETY AND STRESS

When do worries become an anxiety disorder? Everybody has got worries, right?

Anxiety is one of the most frequent and debilitating mental health concerns in the bustling western society.  Worries are part of everyday life, it is perfectly normal to feel anxious before a job interview or an exam.

Yet, for some people, anxiety and worries become overwhelming and interferes with their ability to enjoy their lives. Do you want to know more about what is anxiety, how it affects you and how to reduce its impact on your life?

In this workshop you will find out the different types of anxiety related disorders, their symptoms and treatment options. One of the most challenging effects of an anxiety disorder is panic or anxiety attacks. They can render people unable to functions from a few minutes to days.

You will learn useful and easy to use techniques to support people experiencing anxiety disorders, self-management tools and recovery focused approaches to treatment.

 

THURSDAY 11 MAY, NEWCASTLE – NARRATIVE THERAPY- 09:30-16:30 

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” —Attributed to Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha 

Do you want to learn the real meaning of positive thinking? This workshop will transform your personal life and your professional practice. It will be the best money you have spent in recent times

Modern science is providing further evidence that our thoughts have a huge influence in our lives, health and relationships.

Every time we have a new experience (a sensation, thought, feeling) or learn something, hundreds of millions of neurons and their connections are reorganized.

Recent research highlights that every corporal experience (cold, fear, fatigue, happiness) has an influence in the shape of our brains. Dr. Dispenza maintains that the brain cannot differentiate from an external physical sensation and an internal experience. Hence, we can find ourselves in a state of poor health when our minds chronically focus on negative thoughts.

In this workshop we talk about communication skills at a deep level, we examine our prejudices, how we portray ourselves to others, the dramas we use to win energy from others. You will have an opportunity to take control over your mind. You will reflect upon how you communicate with yourself and others,

 

TUESDAY 16 MAY – AM I SELFISH – 13:00-15:00

Do you feel guilty when your friends need you and you want to do something that you enjoy?

In western society, the difference between self-love and selfishness is very blurry. We are told constantly that we are selfish or self-indulgent if we decide to do things that are good for us, make us feel better or simply are enjoyable for us.

In this workshop you will learn why looking after yourself is so important. You will develop a

sense of healthy self-love and acceptance. Many carers deplete themselves because they do not invest enough resources in keeping themselves healthy and happy.

Prolonged period of stress alter how our brains and body work and can be extremely damaging.

Start looking after yourself and join us in this amazing workshop that will allow you do the things that you enjoy without feeling selfish.

 

TUESDAY 30 MAY – MANAGING SELF-HARMING BEHAVIOURS 09:30-16:30

This training has been developed utilising professional experience gathered from the delivery and management of services for people who self-harm. People will lived experience has had an input in the preparation of the materials and are an integral part in the delivery of the training. This workshop is unique in the sense that brings academic, professional and personal experience and knowledge together to offer you a whole perspective on this complex issue.

Furthermore, we strive to keep up with current research and practice based evidence, including NICE Guidelines Self-harm: Longer Term Management (2011)

AIM

This workshop will provide you with tools to work with people who self-ham on an ongoing basis. We will learn more about how to support people who self-harm to understand their motivations and how to bring it under control.

OBJECTIVES

v  Understanding why each individual self-harms.

v  What does research say about self-harm?

v  How to respond to people who self-harm: what to say.

v  Replacement therapy and alternative coping mechanisms.

 

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WEDNESDAY 7 JUNE – HARNESSING THE POWER OF WORDS 09:30-16:30

Communication and Listening Skills

Our brain is constantly changing and re-shaping. Every time we have a new thought or experience (a thought, feeling, sensation or behaviour), or when we learn something new, hundreds of millions of neurons re-organise.

The way we speak has an impact on how we think and how we feel.  Furthermore, the words we use, have an impact on how we communicate with others and the deep meaning of what we say. Using language that focusses on people’s strengths and their ability to heal enables them to engage in an acceptance and recovery journey.

Dr. Dispenza maintains that the brain cannot differentiate between an external event and an internal experience.  If we smile, our brains think we are happy!!

Hence we can transform our health, our relationships, our wealth, and, indeed our entire lives just by changing the way we think and speak reducing self-stigma and discrimination.

In this workshop we learn how to use more positive and recovery focussed language, thinking patterns and how to re-wire our brains, in order to reduce anxiety, enhance empathy, and empower ourselves and others.

 

THURSDAY 8 AND FRIDAY 9 JUNE – MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS

EFFECTS OF TRAUMA- 09:30-16:30

Two day workshop 9.30-16.30 each day

Are you supporting someone who uses self-defeating behaviours? Do they attract a BPD diagnosis? Are they using self-injury, drugs/alcohol, risky behaviours?

Very often people who attract a BPD have experienced various degrees of trauma. People use self-defeating behaviours such as eating disorders, alcohol/drug abuse and self-harm in order to cope with the effects of trauma, abuse and loss. In this workshop you will learn why and what can you do to help.

Self-defeating behaviours are those that we engage with despite knowing that they will make us fail, harm or bring trouble.

You will learn what it feels like to have a BPD diagnosis, how to approach the topic and where to seek help.

AIM

You will develop skills and tools to support clients to learn self-management strategies through their recovery journey.

OBJECTIVES
1. Increase understanding of what is like to have a BPD  diagnosis and how it affects people.
2. Incorporate a more trauma informed and strengths based approach into your practice
3. If you are affected learn why you have developed these unhelpful coping strategies and how to develop healthier ones..
4. Support and help: where to go for help, advice and/or support.

 

SATURDAY 10 JUNE – INDUCTION PDA MENTAL HEALTH PEER SUPPORT-12:00-14:00

SQA QUALIFICATION SCQF7

General information

The qualification has been developed as a result of collaboration between SQA and the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN). The aims of the SRN are to:

▪   Raise awareness of recovery from mental health problems.

▪   To learn more about the factors which help and hinder recovery

▪   To build capacity for recovery by supporting and encouraging national and

local action.

For organizational purchase contact sandra@mindswell.org.uk or scotlandpositive2017@gmail.com as we can offer in-house training.

Structure

The PDA in Mental Health Peer Support (16 SCQF credit points) at SCQF level 7 is achieved on the successful achievement of two mandatory Units: Unit 1 RC (Recovery Context) and Unit 2 DP (Developing Practice)

You can choose to register for the PDA in our Open Learning Course which includes one days a month, practice and self-study. This course takes six months to complete and our next intake will be 10 June 2017. It is also possible to take individual modules as part of your Continuous Professional Development. The next modular courses start at the end of August 2017.

 

THURSDAY 15 JUNE 2017 ADDICTIONS AND SELF-HARM AWARENESS-09:30-16:30

Peer Support Workers and volunteers may have a personal experience of alcohol/drugs abuse, self-harm, suicide and eating challenges. Many people who benefit from Peer Support will also be struggling with these issues.

In this workshop we use professional and personal experience to introduce the topic of addictions. When people are facing traumatic events or stressful situations, they may self-medicate using drugs or alcohol, they may try to exercise control through food intake and/or engaging in self-harming behaviours such as cutting, burning or taking risks.

The aim of this workshop is to help you understand why people may engage in these behaviours.

You will learn how to assess risk, negotiate risk and support people effectively.

 

SATURDAY 17 JUNE – INTRODUCTION TO DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

 09:30-16:30

This is a therapy that combines CBT and Zen Buddhism. It was initially developed by Marsha Linehan for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder. This client group use self-destructive behaviours such as self-harm, substance abuse and eating disorders in order to cope with distressing emotions and situations. DBT focuses on the individual’s ability to learn more helpful coping skills to deal with distressing emotions and situations, and to improve their relationships. In therapy, different points of view are discussed, and clients are then helped to select appropriate skills to either change or accept situations.

You will hear first hand from someone with lived experience of mental ill-health who has undergone this type of therapy.

You will learn about the basic principles and how to implement some aspects of this therapy into everyday life situations.

 

MIND’S WELL RECOVERY COLLEGE

Recovery & Peer Services Training

PDA Mental Health Peer Support

Managing Self-Harming Behaviours

Dual Diagnosis Addictions and Mental Health

Mental Health & Young People

Coping with Anxiety

Complex Trauma & Abuse

The Power of Words & Thought

Narrative Therapy

Core Training For People With Lived Experience

Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

PROFESSIONAL PEER SUPPORT TRAINING, SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION

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Scotland Positive

This page records every positive news item I can find about Scotland. Its about community its about life its about events and happenings its about our beautiful country of Scotland. There`s nowhere like it.

 

Monday 1 May 2017

There have been a lot of negative happening in the press lately. I know I dont need to repeat it. However at least one positive thing did happen in sunny Muirhouse at North Edinburgh Arts this morning we had a community meeting a People Powered Places community meeting about the first steps to deciding a five year plan for our community I know most will think how is that positive In my view it most certainly is. We are deciding a five year plan for our community. We have decided as ordinary everyday people that we have to take responsibility for our own little part of this world. We have to come up with a five year plan that will truly reflect our community goals. We have huge imagination to carry out our plans and a list of skills as long as your arm. We can plan for the future as individuals and as a community. But guess what? Those politicians that are always harping on the negative well they really need our help because they really dont know where they are going. So we can collaborate, as long as they dont try and take over. We can all work together celebrating our successes along the way. We can create a real community with real people from every walk of life included. What have we got to lose? Nothing, governments have been trying that for years with no success lets show them how to complete a project.

TRUTH IS GOOD 2017 GOOD FRIDAY A DICTATOR’S FATE

Originally posted on LEITH UNIQUE:
WHO AM I? A HUMAN BEING ALIVE ON A PLANET SO BEAUTIFUL THAT I STAND IN COMPLETE AWE OF THE CREATOR AND CREATION OF LIFE. PLEASE READ, HEAR WHAT TRUTH I SPEAK. THANK YOU LORD. AMEN! How dare I take for granted everything I am.  How dare I tear everything…