Monday, 8 February 2016

The First Step

I co-run a mental health support group; we’ve been going for a few years now and have had members come and go and some have stayed with us from the start while others have been able to move on to pastures new.

It’s really a group for our members to use as they want. Some like to sit and chat, some like to do craft and some like to listen to guest speakers.

But what the people who come to us are really looking for is to be among other people who are not going to judge them, who appreciate their difficulties and perhaps more importantly it’s a way to step back into a society that had once, or is still, proving a hard place to be.

One thing that I always find inspiring about the people who come to us is when a new member walks in and sits down.

We’ve all seen the movies where the stranger walks into the room and the music stops and everyone there turns around and stares at the newcomer.

Indeed knowing that this happens has maybe put a lot of people off coming to us, we’ll never know that, but I’m always lifted when we get new people walking in. It takes courage and it’s obviously a decision that hasn’t been easy to make. They are made welcome, not singled out and they sometimes wish they had done it sooner.

Walking into an established group mid flow is something I greatly admire about our members and it’s that first step that this blog post is getting around to.

There are doors everywhere and having the courage to take that first step and peek in or go through has the potential to change your life.

Here’s to that first step to the rest of your life and the opportunities that may result!

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