Who is supporting factors
Supporting factors were established at the beginning of 2020 due to us being aware that there had been a gap in community groups for women only, that provided support for mental health and wellbeing. We became aware that women did not have a “safe space” to talk about their anxieties and struggles which developed from Mental ill health, Domestic violence, addictions, poverty and unemployment.
Through our work with women we evidenced there was not only a need to hold closed groups for women only, but a greater need to connect women who had life experience of traumatic existence in the community and situations, who had not only come out the other side, but had succeeded and to link with other women who feel they are the only ones experiencing such tragedies.
A huge part of our work is addressing the core issues that will develop into anxieties and barriers for women to lead a healthy life in the community both physically and mentally, we do this through programmes designed with the NHS 5 ways to wellbeing in mind. We address stigma around Mental ill health and Domestic violence, while promoting all inclusivity, mindfulness and wellbeing.
We work with women to build resilience, emotional awareness and coping skills, through encouraging peer support and network building. This is monitored through our facilitators who are qualified coaches and counsellors to ensure Safeguarding and confidentiality for best practice as a standard.
Our aim is to enable a safe space for any woman experiencing anxieties and seeking support.
Our work relies on dedicated facilitators who have first hand experience of issues that are challenging and impacting on women who seek our support. The most common health consequence of DVA is poor mental health. There is a three-fold risk of depressive disorders, four-fold risk of anxiety disorders and a seven-fold risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, DVA is associated with an increased risk of suicide.
“Survivors with the bravery and selflessness to share their story have a powerful role in supporting other people affected by abuse.” Dr Katherine Pitt, BSc MSc MBBS (2013) DCH DFSRH
We are motivated to help women with complex needs, namely poor mental health. The women who have attended our groups, testified to the pivotal role of women only support groups in their recovery. One described how our support group allowed her for the first time to recognise the abuse, and the power of sharing experiences with other women.
We support women to become peer mentors, through coaching and mentoring we help the women to identify what they have experienced. We enable them to share their stories and rebuild their self esteem and emotional resilience, through our workshops and groups.
This is further supported, through peer engagement and coaching the women will become an integral part of supporting factors and the mission and vision.