Due to personal experiences of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, Leonie found a way to feel more focussed and relaxed through mindfulness art and poetry. Leonie had tried group therapy, but found at that time it wasn’t really for her, although she did find some comfort and support from being around other people who had similar experiences. She started reading and researching mindfulness, and began practicing some mindful activities. She then combined what she had learned with her love of art and love of words, this then became a big part in her recovery.
After 18 months of feeling comfortable and being able to manage her mental health, Leonie wanted to help others who had similar experiences of mental health difficulties. She contacted Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind after seeing the peer support training on the website. She completed the training and attended the first Side by Side Hub Networking Event, where she linked with others and gained more support through advice and encouragement. She was now raring to set up her new group. Leonie planned out the practicalities of starting the group whilst attending the training, and also had some advice sessions around promoting the group, with Naomi from the Side by Side Peer Support programme. Leonie’s passion, motivation and enthusiasm then saw her getting the final things in place and in no time The MAP Project (Mindfulness Art and Poetry) peer support group was ready to begin.
Leonie shares: “I'm hoping people will benefit from the group through a chance to connect with others who have similar experiences and understanding, whilst engaging in creative mindful activities. It's my wish that everyone who attends feels heard, comfortable and supported”.
We look forward to hearing about ‘The MAP Project’ peer support group and how it develops over the next few months
The group starts Tuesday 26th January 2016, 12.30pm -2.30pm and runs weekly, at St John the Baptist Church, 159 Durham Road, Stockton TS19 0DZ
For Further information please email Leonie at firstname.lastname@example.org