BRENT MIND ‘BELIEVE IN US’ GROUP
The BELIEVE IN US group offers a safe space for individuals who experience Paranoia and Unusual Beliefs. It’s located at the Brent Mind offices in Harlesden as part of its Horizon Service Horizon Leaflet 2016 The group was originally set up in July 2013 by staff member Cornelie Savon (since left) and a number of peer co-facilitators, after training undertaken with the Paranoia & Beliefs Project at Mind in Camden. In the group, individuals can openly express their thoughts and feelings without fear of being judged, and we have since seen the group – and the pool of peer co-facilitators – grow to the point we now hold two groups on Monday and Friday respectively.
The following group members/facilitators have agreed to their testimonials being used and named: I find the group very helpful because it makes me feel confident and centred. As a peer facilitator I gain insight into other people’s problems as well as my own. (Penny Widcott) Since I started the group I know that there are people in the same position as me (Paul Macey) The group gives me chance to listen to other people’s view and speak openly to others in a calm and safe environment (Brenda Iwobi) The group is very helpful sharing problems with other people in the group, and getting things off your mind (Murray Mann) I find this group useful because it makes my mood better (Vishan Khan)
Staff co-facilitator for the group is now Linval Walker: I find both the Believe In Us groups empowering and insightful. You really get an opportunity to enter the thoughts and feelings of those who attend the group, in an environment which is safe and very supportive. Linval is the Adult Lead for community services at Brent Mind.