“A big thank you, for a life changing experience and positive outlook the group has given me for the future!”
The Stepping Stones workshops involve a person in recovery from mental health problems telling their story of their own journey of recovery – how dark it was, how they coped and how they found recovery, leading to how life is now for the person.
We follow this with questions and answers and there is the opportunity to share from your own experience and explore how this can be of use to you.
This leads to a discussion on a theme that is based on positive psychology which offers us the chance to switch our attention from looking at what is difficult or unpleasant in our lives to look at what is good, meaningful and fulfilling.
This brings into focus things like hope, setting and achieving goals, problem solving and awareness of our personal strengths.
Over a series of 8 workshops we explore a different theme each week and talk through ideas about how we can effect personal change for ourselves.
What people are saying about Stepping Stones:
“Do you feel more confident after the workshops?”
- I feel a big improvement in myself from attending these workshops
- Yes definitely
- Yes, lots more confident to the extent that people whom I interact with have noticed and commented on my confidence and are impressed too!
- I really got a lot from Stepping Stones and I will take a lot of it with me in my life. I’m really glad I got this chance. Thank you.
- A big thank you, for a life changing experience and positive outlook the group has given me for the future!
“What has inspired you about the workshops?”
- Self-help advice, support and peer support
- I learned that I am not alone with my problems
- Sharing life’s experiences
- That people can change their lives
- The stories and the peer support
- Listening to different peoples’ stories
- Peer support is what has inspired me the most with the sense of I am worth more too and maybe able to help other people in the mental health scene and community.
- The facilitator’s skills are fantastic and encouraging. I enjoyed how he included everyone week by week even though some were more chatty than others
“Can you say what you have learned from the workshops?”
- I CAN move on in life
- Recovery is achievable
- Risk and positive thinking
- Other people go through tough times but overcome difficulties
- I am not alone, people see me!
- Things can grow in a positive way for me, with a sense of wellbeing
- Laugh more, enjoy more, relax more
Evaluation of Stepping Stones to Recovery Programme using Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale
(Where score 1 is “none of the time” through to 5 “all of the time”)
|Statement||Score at start of series||Score at end of series|
|I’ve been feeling optimistic about the future||19/7 – 2.7||40/10 – 4.0|
|I’ve been feeling useful||20/7 – 2.9||39/10 – 3.9|
|I’ve been feeling relaxed||17/7 – 2.4||37/10 – 3.7|
|I’ve been feeling interested in other people||26/7 – 3.7||43/10 – 4.3|
|I’ve had energy to spare||23/7 – 3.3||37/10 – 3.7|
|I’ve been dealing with problems well||14/7 – 2.0||39/10 – 3.9|
|I’ve been thinking clearly||16/7 – 2.3||39/10 – 3.9|
|I’ve been feeling good about myself||13/7 – 1.9||37/10 – 3.7|
|I’ve been feeling close to other people||22/7 – 3.1||37/10 – 3.7|
|I’ve been feeling confident||14/7 – 2.0||36/10 – 3.6|
|I’ve been able to make up my own mind about things||22/7 – 3.1||40/10 – 4.0|
|I’ve been feeling loved||20/7 – 2.9||37/10 – 3.7|
|I’ve been interested in new things||24/7 – 3.4||41/10 – 4.1|
|I’ve been feeling cheerful||15/7 – 2.1||38/10 – 3.8|
|TOTALS||37.8/14 – 2.7||54/14 – 3.9|
These totals reflect an overall improvement experienced by participants across the 14 indicators of the WEMWBS scale.
2.7 is the mean before the training that is 54% and 3.9 the mean after the programme completed that is 78%. This shows a 24% improvement across the health and wellbeing indicators.
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Our training courses are about recovery and healthier living. While recovery can begin begin during a crisis, we are not funded for crisis care and we are not offering psychological therapy. If you feel that you need that kind ofsupport, please talk to your medical practitioner.
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- Tel: 0800 027 4466
- Web: borderline.net.uk