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Groups and Activities

The groups and activities we offer are all based around wellbeing and socialising. Isolation has a huge impact on our community and those suffering from mental health within Dundee. The activities we offer fall under two categories, social and support. Our social groups allows people to make new friends and learn skills.

The support groups are open to anyone with a mental health problem not just those hear voices, unless otherwise stated in the group information. To find out more information about a specific group or getting involved please get in touch.

  •  Men only support group (voice hearers only)
  •  Woman only support group (voice hearers only)
  •  Peer support (completed peer 2 peer training and have shared experiences)
  •  Befriending ( befrienders have to complete befriending training)
  •  OCD support group
  •  Allotment
  • Craft Group
  • Music Group
  • Meditation

We are hoping to create more groups for our service users and one of which is a media group.

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Peer Support at the HaVeN

Many people who have experienced episodes of mental illness, know only too well how difficult it can be to get the help that you need at the time that you need it. They also know how beneficial it can be to speak to someone who really understands, first handedly, what it’s like to have extraordinary experiences.

Peer support can be thought of as someone with lived experience of mental health problems, offering support to an other in similar situation. This support can provided on  practical, emotional or social issues. Either way, this peer-to-peer support is  beneficial to the self esteem of both parties involved.

Peer support can be formal or informal. At the Haven, we offer peer-led support groups for all aspects of living with mental illness and also specifically for voice hearing and other extraordinary experiences. We also provide one-to-one peer informal support or mentoring, where we match the needs of the person seeking help with the experiences of the person providing the support.

Peer mentoring and befriending is an informal way of providing peer support. Our experienced and trained peer support volunteers offer their services on a regular basis to the acute wards at Carseview and also at other organisations in Dundee. This enables people to start building supportive relationships with outside agencies before being discharged, easing the transition from living in wards to moving back into the community.

Many of the peer support volunteers also deliver training and awareness sessions for professionals, medical students, nursing students and other outside agencies. The team has carried out seminars with first year mental health nursing students at Abertay University in the past. On one of those occasions, one student commented that:

‘I’d just like to say how amazing I found yesterday’s class. The speakers were inspirational, and the group work and discussion was one of the best I’ve been part of since starting university. I learned so much and just wanted to pass it on and say: Thank you’. (Nurse Student)

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Resources and Strategies for Coping with Voice Hearing

The following are external links and suggestions for coping with the experiences of hearing voices, and seeing visions and having tactile sensations. It is hoped some of these ideas can help you, or someone you care about, towards living positively with these experiences and to maintain a sense of ownership over them.

Remember that you are not alone: Research shows that 4% of people hear voices, this is the same number as have asthma. Voice hearers throughout history have included a great many influential people: religious prophets, doctors and psychologists, philosophers, artists, poets, explorers and politicians.

Manchester Hearing Voices Network

Manchester Hearing Voices Group have created a list of strategies to cope with voice hearing. The list includes some of the following;

  • Don’t Believe What The Voices Tell You
  • Take Care of Yourself
  • Use Stepping Stones
  • Structure and Routine
  • Social Support Network
  • Educating Others On How Best To Help You
  • Get Creative
  • Keep a Diary or Journal
  • Being prescribed the Right Medication for You
  • Read And Learn About Hearing Voices
  • Celebrate Taking Control
  • Find Hobbies
  • Music

HAVEN Dundee YouTube Channel

There are many videos on YouTube of people talking about there experiences with voice hearing. Check out our page for some videos that HAVEN Dundee members have created.

Mind

Mind.org.uk is a website with information and support to improve mental health that we believe is really useful. The Mind website gives you an understanding of voice hearing and strategies for coping.

Hearing Voices Network is International

HAVEN Dundee is one of many Hearing Voices Network groups across the world. The Hearing Voices website offers lots of free downloads to help you on the road to recovery.

Free Telephone Support

Samaritans – What ever you are going through, call Samaritans free, any time of day on 116 123

Breathing Space – Open up when you’re feeling down. Call free on 0800 838 587. Open Mon – Thurs (6pm – 2am) and weekends (Fri 6pm – Mon 6am)

Please be aware that HAVEN Dundee does not have any control over the above external websites. If you notice something of concern on any of the above websites, please inform the website directly.