"Creative Minds Group"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – Community(County)

(as the patient),

The 'Creative Minds' Group has been running for the past 9 weeks in North Nottinghamshire, delivering Diaectical Behavioural Skills to young people.

Young People's Feedback.

'The support group was led by 3 young professionals, who were very friendly. We found the age of the facillitators useful as they had a good understanding of current issues that impact on young people today. We were able to feel comfortable whilst speaking in the group forum, and felt safe to do this.

DBT skills were delievered to the targetted audience in a creative manner. Group members have taken some of the skills away, and put these into practice. We have found many of the skills helpful.

We appreciated the venue being a distance away from the usual clinic, this we feel reduced stigma, as well as promoting social inclusion. The room was less formal, and ensured a positive working environment for all.

Social time was incorporated within the group- we found this initially 'awkward' however recognised the social skills developed from this exercise. The group learnt to socialise with people from different backgrounds, sharing life experiences. Group members have utilsed many of the skills enhanced during the group, and have been successful during college interviews as a consequence. There was an overall sense of pride when acheivements were shared in the group- and much laughter was had by all.

There were two points highlighted that could be changed. A member of the group considered that an alternative to speaking would at times be useful to ensure everybody's feelings and emotions were expressed. The group members shared wishes for all group members to remain permanent, as this could at times be disruptive. Facillitators shared this hope for future groups, and discussions surrounding the retention of group members was held. We felt that facillitators have taken ideas on board and will review this should a future group be carried forward'.

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Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

CAMHS North Team run the group called 'Creative minds'

This was the first Creative Minds group run by the North Team and we value your comments.

These comments are a real learning opportunity for us to plan future groups which we cannot do without your input.

We appreciate your participation within this group and we hope the feedback will provide continued improvement for further programs.

Kind Regards

Wayne Bradford

Integrated Service Manager Community CAMHS.

Porchester Road



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