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by | Friday, February 12th, 2021 | News

The Primary Care Mental Health Team (PCMHT) is celebrating the successful launch of a new group, Recovery PRP, which is designed to help and support people along their mental health recovery journey.

Catering to people aged between 18 – 65 years with mild to moderate mental health problems that have been referred to the PCMHT, the group works through the themes of Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment – all factors which research has shown can be central to personal recovery.

Zoe Lloyd, PCMHT Manager, said: “In the PCMHT we have been completing individual personal recovery plans (PRP) and found them to be a really positive intervention in a person’s recovery.

“With this in mind, we wanted to reach out to more people and use the core elements of the PRP to build a group, as there were of people falling between primary and secondary services who could not access a service.”

The virtual groups are held for eight people at a time over six weeks, and sessions are run by mental health workers, an occupational therapist and peer support workers. Each week has a topic facilitated by the mental health professional and participants are invited to share as much as they are willing, with the peer support workers also giving an insight into their own experiences.

The aim of the group is for each member to achieve an understanding of each of the group themes and their importance for recovery, identify personal barriers and ways to overcome them, discover tools and strategies for improving their wellbeing, setting personal goals towards recovery and to develop a Personal Recovery Plan (PRP). The participants are offered ongoing support from the peer support workers throughout the six week group and beyond, offering follow up and support with completing their PRP.

Zoe added: “The team have been incredibly committed to getting the group started and the addition of our peer support workers has been invaluable, all of which has resulted in a very successful start for our group.”

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