I love reading, music, painting, and playing games. I also have found exercise greatly helps manage negative symptoms and side effects. Mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and rollerblading all help me get this much needed exercise. I think it’s important in my Peer Support role to find mutual interests and activity to help fill the mind with something positive.
I will be at Averte at least a couple times a week to connect with peers and do groups. Tuesday mornings I participate in a Metacognitive group which is focused on thinking about our own thinking patterns, particularly when it comes to psychosis.
Sundays at noon I lead a writing group. Writing is one of my passions and something that I think helps my mental health incredibly. The writing group is for anyone who would like to have a safe group of people to share ideas, material, and encouragement. Each week group members are welcome to share something they’ve been working on with the other members. Those who share can request any level of feedback, whether that is help with proofreading, some constructive criticism, or anything they might want help with. There is no pressure to share, the group is mainly about enjoying the company and thoughts of other writers. Any level of writer is welcome, whether you just want to start journaling or writing lyrics, or you want to work towards publishing something. Each week we also take some time to write something then and there which we are then welcome to share as well. There are no time limits and it should never feel like homework! I particularly enjoy science fiction, poetry, and comedy so every week I’ll try to write something a little bit weird. We meet every Sunday at Noon in the big room at the main house in Bradford.