The Complex Emotional Needs (CEN) peer group provides a safe, supportive space for individuals who are experiencing difficulties with emotional regulation and who would benefit from support in a peer group setting.
This service will enable individuals to feel less isolated by sharing their experiences of complex emotional needs and by providing help, advice and encouragement to other members of the group. (please note this service will be fully operational end July) .
Who is the group for?
The group is for individuals aged 18+ and who live in Milton Keynes.
Individuals will describe themselves as having complex emotional needs and may have an associated ‘personality disorder’ diagnosis. Those without diagnosis are also eligible to join the group if they are presenting with behaviours or difficulties associated with complex emotional needs. This might include:
- Difficulties connecting with, or recognising, their own emotions
- Difficulties in being able to express their emotions
- Intense, overwhelming or fluctuating emotions
- Difficulty in setting and working towards goals
- Low self-esteem and /or feelings of emptiness
- Feelings of behaviour being out of control
- Difficulty in coping with or resolving conflicts
- Difficulty in connecting and empathising with others
What support is available?
Before joining a group individuals will complete an initial assessment with a Mind BLMK Peer Support Worker. The assessment will ensure that the group offers appropriate support to meet their individual needs.
Group members will be expected to agree to the principles of the group behaviour agreement prior to joining in.
Each group member will be expected to develop their own Resource Support and Safety Plan (RSSP). The plan will act as a tool to support individuals during and outside of the group setting. The Peer Support Worker will help individuals to complete the plans and members will be encouraged to support one another to add to the plan during sessions.
Groups will meet on a fortnightly basis, either face to face or via Zoom, and will last for 1.5 hours.*
Who can refer into the service?
Individuals can self-refer or be referred by a third party such as GP, Mental Health worker, friends and family or other services.
How do I complete a referral?
Referrals can be made by completing the referral form on our website, accessed by clicking the ‘Get Support’ button at the top right hand corner of this page. Once the referral is received the individual will receive initial contact from one of our Peer Support Workers within 5 working days.
*Please note:. This is a pilot service with groups running until March 23. Group numbers are limited so frequency may vary depending on demand, enabling more people to access the service.