Sunshine and Showers – free weekly group sessions for adults dealing with depression/anxiety
- Weekly day-time and evening meetings operating 50 weeks of the year.
- Each group is supported by a facilitator and co-facilitator.
- An opportunity to share how depression/anxiety is affecting you and to discuss coping strategies.
“I am doing well and have lots of things on. I am sleeping well without any medication. My left over tablets have gone to the back of the drawer in case of emergency but I am not envisioning one. I think my body chemistry has changed and I am much more calm and relaxed. (Normal). So, I think I will give up my place at Sunshine and Showers to someone who really needs it. Give my love and hugs to the group. I will miss them a lot.”
Do any of these statements apply to you?
Feeling down, depressed or hopeless?
Feeling bad about yourself or that you are a failure?
Little interest or pleasure in doing things?
Anxious about going out or meeting people?
Then you may be depressed or anxious.
What can you expect from us?
A very warm welcome.
A group of people who share a common experience.
Mutual respect, support and understanding.
The chance to speak every week about you feel and say what is on your mind.
How do I join Sunshine and Showers?
This is not a drop-in service. To join one of the groups, you will need to contact us on 01252 815652 ore-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Where do the groups meet?
Both groups meet at a venue in Odiham. Full details and times will be discussed with you when you contact us. Each group session lasts for 1 ½ hours. Our evening group is aimed at people who are in work.
Do I need to attend every week?
No you do not, but a commitment to attending as regularly as possible helps you to get the most benefit from participating and sharing with other group members.
How many people are in the group?
We aim to have no more than any 10 group members at any time so that everyone has a chance to speak each week. This means that sometimes we have to put people on the waiting list to join.
How long can I stay in the group?
There is no cut-off time to be a member of the group. People can remain for as long as they need to. We are pleased that most of our group members choose to move on from Sunshine and Showers because they are more positive about self-managing their depression/anxiety and have coping strategies in place.
What qualifications do the group facilitators have?
The group facilitators are likely to have gained counselling qualifications or have had group facilitation/listening skills training. However we are not primarily about “therapy” or “self-help”, but rather consideration, understanding, mutual respect and support. Sometimes, through participation in the group, it becomes apparent to an individual that he/she would benefit from one-to-one counselling and where possible we will signpost you to local counselling services.
What else do I need to know about the groups?
There a number of requests we make of group members to ensure maximum benefit for the whole group. These include:
- arriving on time and staying for the whole session
- switching off your mobile phone
- keeping confidentiality – what is said in the room stays in the room
- respecting each other’s opinions and feelings
- listening when others are speaking
- not using alcohol or recreational drugs before attending the session.
How do I refer a client to Sunshine and Showers?
People can refer themselves into the service. Please ask them to give us a call on 01252 815652 or e-mail email@example.com. If you would like some copies of our publicity to hand out, do get in contact with us.
Can I refer people with other mental health conditions into this service?
Sunshine and Showers is specifically for adults who have a diagnosis of depression or anxiety. Support in the community for adult Hampshire residents, who have any type of mental health condition (excluding dementia) is available through the network of Wellbeing Centres. Details of all the Wellbeing Centres can be found at this link https://www.connecttosupporthampshire.org.uk/mentalhealth