By Jacki Pritchard, Eric Sainsbury
This e-book provides poems, tales and magazine paintings spontaneously written by way of humans, old and young, who've suffered critical abuse. The editors' causes and commentaries recommend how wellbeing and fitness and social care staff can facilitate artistic writing as a possible contribution to emotional therapeutic in paintings with either contributors and small teams. as well as person participants, the publication documents the actions of teams constructed via Barnardos for kids and teens and through past latest for adults. even though now not written as a coaching guide in line with se, the ebook bargains photocopiable workouts and an appendix of writings to be used in employees education. are you able to learn Me? illustrates the nice capability for utilizing our artistic imaginations and private features like sensitivity in paintings with survivors of abuse and people with psychological health and wellbeing and incapacity difficulties.
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Support each other and acknowledge each other. Jo Anything the person writes should not be changed. Should not be tamed. It should be rough around the edges, that is, the writing portrays the true feelings; the feelings are raw… Don’t lead people. It’s quicker if you let them do their own exploring. There’s no quick fix. It’s slow and gradual… You cannot dictate when people want to talk. Indie Larma Beccy talked at length about how workers had talked to her in a patronising way and that certain phrases were used frequently; for example: ‘There’s nothing you can tell me that I haven’t heard before, so I won’t be shocked’ or ‘I know how you feel’.
Education about their mental health problems, letting them educate us about their view of their difficulties. True care, empathy, warmth. In all ways we can show care. Giving people enough time, and at a time they need it, not when we want to give it. Having fun is good for everyone’s mental health and is an important way of sharing in other people’s lives. Prioritise it. Each person is unique and needs to be treated and valued as such. Time for laughter. It’s worth a thousand pills and hours of therapy.
They have worked together for about one and a half years. Four members have contributed to the present book, and a fifth member is a talented young artist who provides illustrations for members’ writings and for their house magazine. The aims of Reach Out, as devised by the members themselves, are: · to share and support each other · to have fun and a good laugh · to let others know about their needs · to challenge prejudice of all kinds. But they have also devised certain ground rules: · Always respect each other.