Sunshine and Showers – free weekly group sessions for adults dealing with depression/anxiety
Service update: during the current Covid-19 pandemic, Sunshine and Showers groups are not meeting. Please do continue to contact us if you could like to join one of the groups when they resume.
- Daytime and evening groups available
- A chance to talk to others about your experiences of anxiety and depression and listen to the experience of others
- A safe and confidential environment supported by a facilitator and co-facilitator
“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.”
Sessions take place on a weekly basis for 50 weeks of the year and last for an hour and a half. A commitment to attend on a regular basis is important. The group is a confidential space where you are able to discuss your experiences with others who have had similar experiences. It can be a chance to share coping strategies to help each other. Our Information Leaflet is available here.
If you are interested in joining one of the Anxiety and Depression support groups please complete the Sunshine and Showers Referral Form here and return to us by email to email@example.com or by post marked Confidential FAO Counselling Services Manager. If you would prefer to talk to someone then please call 01252 815652 and we can complete the form for you.
We are a Charity and we rely on funding and donations to be able to provide the service. If you would like to make a donation to help us with our work then please visit https://localgiving.org/charity/hartvolaction/ (If you would like your money to be specifically used for Sunshine and Showers then please specify this in the comments box when making your donation).
The following website has a comprehensive list of Counsellors available in the area http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk
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.
Where do the groups meet?
The groups meet at Odiham Cottage Hospital. Full details will be provided if you decide to attend the group.
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.
Are there any rules for the group?
Primarily you are expected to be respectful of others and not to judge but we do have a few ground rules to support this:
- Everything said in the room must remain confidential
- Please arrive on time and stay for the whole session
- Listen to others
- Keep your mobile phone switched off
- Do not use any recreational drugs or alcohol before attending a session
For a full list of our rules and expectations please see our information leaflet.
How do I refer a client to Sunshine and Showers?
People can refer themselves into the service. Please ask them to complete a referral form, give us a call on 01252 815652 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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