Family and carers’ free support group
Nightingale Hospital recently conducted a survey regarding what the general public know about accessing mental health treatment. Worryingly, the results highlighted:
- 97% of respondents know someone who has suffered from a mental health condition
- 44% of respondents don’t know the difference between a psychologist, a therapist and a psychiatrist
- 39% of respondents wouldn’t know how/where to access mental health treatment
- 92% of respondents think there needs to be more information on how to access mental health services
Free Family and carers group
It is widely acknowledged that caring for a family member with mental illness can be profoundly stressful and distressing. In recognition of this, Nightingale Hospital has launched FREE specialised Family and Carers Groups for our separate services for families and carers of current patients. These groups are facilitated by experts in their respected fields.
- Monthly General Psychiatry Family Morning
- Monthly Addiction Family Day
- Weekly Evening Addiction Family Support Group
- Fortnightly Eating Disorders Carers’ Evening
- Fortnightly Child and Adolescent Family Evening Group
There is evidence to show that inclusion of those closest to the patient in psycho-educational programmes may enhance the patients’ recovery. It is also important for carers to have a strategy for self-care to avoid becoming depleted themselves. Patients and their families can feel fully supported in the decisions they make about their care and the treatment delivered by Nightingale Hospital.
General psychiatry monthly free family morning group
Mental distress does not only affect the person suffering with the problem. Feelings of guilt, despair and frustration may be experienced by the families and partners supporting the patient through this difficult time. Carers can be left feeling exhausted, unsure about how to help and struggling to cope.
Family support group benefits
There will be one session per month, each dealing with a different mental health issue. These will be led by a therapist who will offer practical information and education relevant to carers. There will also be an opportunity for carers to discuss their experiences of supporting a partner or family member with mental health issues and how it has affected their life.
Subjects and dates for the carers’ morning
- Self-harm and suicidality Saturday 23rd September
- Personality disorders Saturday 14th October
- Violence and aggression Saturday 11th November
All groups are taking place on Saturdays and start at 10 am until 12:30 pm.
Book to attend general psychiatry support group
If you would like to book a place please send an email with your name, contact details and preferred attendance dates.
Addiction monthly free family day
The importance of addiction family day
Those nearest to the sufferer often blame themselves, going through a range of emotions from despair, depression and guilt to anger and frustration, leaving them exhausted and having difficulty coping, as well as feeling powerless in how to deal with the situation.
Addiction family day benefits
Research has shown that the involvement of families in the treatment process greatly increases the prospects of a person’s recovery.
Addiction family day description
Family Day is led by a therapist experienced in addictions. It consists of 2 groups. One group is for family and partners only. It will offer them education in not only how to deal with the addicted person, but also how to safeguard themselves in this difficult situation. This can allow you to help your loved one in a healthy way while still being able to lead your own life.
The other group is to bring together the families and partners and the addicted person. It gives the addicted person the opportunity to learn how their addiction has affected family members and partners. It gives a forum for them both to express their thoughts and feelings.
Dates for addiction family day
Family Day will be held once a month on Sundays from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, on the following dates:
- Sunday 22nd October
- Sunday 19th November
- Sunday 17th December
Book to attend addiction family day
To attend the Family Day, please send an email with your name, contact details and attendance date.
Addiction weekly family free support group
Family Support Groups are aimed at families, partners and friends of people suffering from an addiction problem. When these problems arise, it can have a devastating effect on those who are close to the person. The Family Support Group is there so that you do not have to go through this alone.
Weekly addiction family support group benefits
Addictions are often said to be a family disease, as it drastically affects not only the person with the problem, it also overturns the emotions and lives of those close by. Those nearest to the sufferer often blame themselves, going through a range of emotions from despair and depression to anger and frustration, leaving them feeling exhausted and impotent and often less able to cope. The other person’s illness can sometimes consume them and make them less able in dealing with their own lives. This group offers the support and experiences of other people who are going through the same crisis.
What to expect during family support group
This group is anonymous and confidential, we only use first names. A therapist experienced in Addictions is present to help facilitate the meeting. You do not have to speak and can just listen, but you may join in and ask questions if you feel able. We hope to give you the strength and understanding so that you are more able to deal with this situation, thereby allowing you to help your loved one in a healthy way, while still being able to lead your own life.
Attend addiction family support group
Every Tuesday evening 6.30pm – 8.00pm.
Room G13 (ground Floor)
11-19 Lisson Grove
London NW1 6SH
You do not need to book or telephone to attend this group.
If you have any questions about the Family Support Group please contact the Patient Services on 0207 535 7732.
Eating disorders fortnightly free carers’ evening
Caring for a loved one with an eating disorder can be exhausting, distressing and disorientating. These support groups provide a space where you can share your experiences, thoughts, successes and problems with others in similar situations. In addition, the support groups are designed to provide education and help you develop self-reflective skills, in order to role model confidence, compassion and the courage to take risks.
This group is open to carers of all EDU inpatients and day patients. It is also open to carers of outpatients who are seeking treatment for an eating disorder. You are able to join the support group at any point but it is recommended that you attend as many sessions as possible in order to get the most out of the groups.
Dates for eating disorders carers’ evening
- Monday 30th October 2017 – Dealing with Difficult Behaviours
- Monday 13th November 2017 – Moving Towards Recovery
All groups are taking place on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Attend eating disorders carers’ evening
If you would like to come to any of these sessions please send an email or call 020 7535 7927.
Child and adolescent family evening free group
The parent support group help bridge the gap between the young person engaging with treatment and support for parents/ carers to be able to support their young person and to look after themselves. We aim to run the group to include education and skills as well as having a space for parents/ carers to talk about their own struggles in supporting their young person who is experiencing mental health illness.
What to expect from child and adolescent family evening group
We provide psycho-education on a various number of topics including vulnerability factors which lead to mental health illness, understanding how different mental health illness may present themselves and may require differing levels of support and skill sets, looking at caring styles which support recovery and understand the impact that caring for some with a mental health illness may have on us as the carer.
Numerous research studies including those in eating disorders, psychosis and emotional dysregulation have identified that support for carers and psycho-education can be a factor in reducing relapse and encouraging long-term recovery. This is especially important with young people where they are much more dependent on their families for support and care.
When appropriate and possible we may also run additional skills workshops where both parents/ carers and the young person they are supporting can come together to work on communication skills. (this is not family therapy, focusing on skills development). These will be announced throughout the year.
Dates for child and adolescent family evening group
The YPU unit runs a parent support group every fortnight on Wednesdays evenings from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm.
Attend child and adolescent family evening group
We ask that carers try to commit to at least 4 sessions in a row to get the most of the groups. Parents/ carers of young people who are inpatients/ attending the day therapy programme are invited to attend, and can access the group for several months following discharge from the unit into outpatients to provide a space to have support around the transition.
If you have any queries about the group please send an email or call on 020 7535 7745.