Day:- Thursday. Time:- 10.30 am. Reason:- Peer Support Group
Two hours of fun, laughter and good times. Mental health doesn’t need to be a difficult, heavy subject, with morbid undertones and dark thoughts. Today was just a pleasure to facilitate. Twelve people sitting round a table, and it was so good, you wouldn’t believe.
At times it was like a comedy sketch, and the four who attend who have passed their accreditation as facilitators, were feeding each other lines and keeping the mood upbeat. At other times, it was like being in a class of unruly children, but with a nicer atmosphere, if you get my meaning.
Everybody had an equal chance to say things, no one topic of discussion came up to be honest, but that wasn’t a bad thing. It just sort of flowed. There were lots of jokes at my expense, but I managed to fight back on a few occasions. Women outnumbered men by 5:1. But I didn’t feel alone, I was able to use that numerical disadvantage to my advantage. The group runs better with a little bit of gentle mickey taking and laughter. And they say that laughter is the best medicine.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The group runs brilliantly every week and we see no reason to change anything. If people keep coming back, which they do, then we are doing our job properly as facilitators. It never gets out of hand and everyone is polite and responsible, well, nearly everyone…. mention no names! Ha ha.
It was in fact, a real pleasure to sit there and just enjoy the company of like minds. If they laugh at my jokes, so much the better. Money changing hands has nothing to with it…..again ha ha.
I was expecting only a small number of people to turn up, as we have another very nice summer’s day outside. I can’t blame people for taking advantage of the nice weather and the great outdoors, but how wrong I was with my prediction. 12 of us. Fantastic.
Allen Brooks xx