Inverclyde Association for Mental Health received funding from the Community Recovery Fund to help those whose mental health has been impacted by COVID and the resulting lockdowns
The new venture is a peer support group named the 'Community Conversation Cafe' or 'Treble C' for short. The sessions are drop in and are simply focused on compassion, conversation and making connections. It's a very informal and relaxed atmosphere.
The first half of the session is a general catch up and checking in on how everyone has been the previous week. The second half there is a topic of conversation open for discussion. This may include 'what is mental health?', 'Recovery', 'Stigma and discrimination' and 'what matters to you?'.
The sessions are facilitated by Suzanne Baines, creator of the 'You Matter Always' course which is a strength based approach to managing health and wellbeing. Suzanne has a wealth of experience in Social Work and nursing as well as having lived experience of mental illness.