We can’t be there in person to help and support you in a moment of crisis, but there are other options available to you if you can’t turn to someone you trust. By giving us your postcode (or one nearby to where you are right now) we can let you know about services in your area. Remember: this moment will pass; you won’t always feel the way you do right now.
If in doubt always call 999.
Everything that happens within a group is safe and goes no further, however we will break confidentiality if we feel you are at significant risk. The groups are all recorded and these are stored safely by the leaders and will not be seen by anyone else.
The layout of a session starts with a brief explanation into what you could expect from the session and the topic of that specific week for example choices. It will then lead onto a main activity that is carried out as a group; where you are given the opportunity to give your ideas around the session topic. There will then be a reflection task; which allows you to explore the topic in more detail and how you can apply it to yourself, getting the most out of the Alumina group.
How much you share is down to you; you are in control of what you feel comfortable to share. Some sessions you may feel have more meaning for you - and that’s ok!
The age range for the Alumina group is between 14-18 years old. You do not need parental consent to join Alumina; however we would encourage you to tell an adult you trust that you are taking part. We hope being involved with Alumina will give you the confidence to be able to speak to a responsible adult about your self-harm.
Don’t worry, we know sometimes life gets too busy or we don’t always feel that we are in the right head-place to log into a group: no worries. You will be sent a link to the next group session – if you feel you aren’t ready to continue a group, that’s cool – just let us know.