The Peer Support Group

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 29, 2018

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The Peer Support Group:

The doctors’ waiting room was quiet with voices in the background. However, it wasn’t a doctors’ waiting room I was in the Salvation Army Community Centre in the meeting area waiting for Kim and Sue who were bridge builders from the mental health organisation Pathways2 their job was to assist people with mental illnesses by having weekly meetings with their clients about how they are or even accompany them to groups such as the confidence course. We would socialise with other members of the group and have days out to bowling and Christmas parties. But unfortunately the mental health organisation Pathways2 lost their funding and as a result of this Kim and Sue were made redundant. This came a big shock for me and rest of the group as Kim and Sue were both lovely people. Pathways2 had now become Mind and there was Sue Sullivan who was the manager of the Clacton on Sea branch along with her colleagues Mia and Gemma who took charge of the group. I soon stopped going as even though I didn’t go very often as I had other engagements. Also the standard of the group and the number of members attending Peer Support dropped rapidly as it wasn’t the same after Kim and Sue left as they were very comical and they were good friends too which made the group dynamics that extra special.
Gemma and Mia had put in place a 50p charge for biscuits, coffee, and tea! This really made me angry as the entire group were on benefits too! They also said that they were going to make a kitty for us which I was very suspicious about. They told us that they had been given six years funding which I felt they didn’t deserve and stopped going as I felt the mental health system had let me down big time! I now just leave it in the hands of spiritual teacher Sri Sathya Sai Baba who I believe is my mother, father, best friend, and teacher. I also believe that he is god. 


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