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Mindfulness and Me Sessions (18+)

Mid Kent Mind are offering more Mindfulness sessions for adults in the Mid Kent area thanks to generous funding from The Cobtree Charity Trust.
 
This programme focusses on teaching individuals more about mindfulness – and how they can acknowledge and accept their thoughts, feelings and body sensations in positive ways.
 
The course is designed to help people to understand how Mindfulness can be a beneficial tool when it comes to building emotional resilience – helping people to manage their mental health proactively so that they can prevent themselves from experiencing periods of mental ill health.
 
For more details on this programme, and how to book a space, please click here: https://www.maidstonemind.org/adult-virtual-mindfulness-sessions/

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One-To-One Recovery Action Plan

Adult RAPs are being offered to increase the wellbeing and improve the mental health of those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. These one-on-one sessions with Mid Kent Mind’s wellbeing workers will provide people with structured support as they begin to return to life under the ‘New Normal’.
 
Over the course of a Recovery Action Plan, people will have the opportunity to identify areas where they may have struggled during the pandemic, and will be encouraged and supported as they take proactively steps to manage those areas in the future.
 
The Recovery Action Plan consists of the ten following areas:
 

  • Managing Mental Health
  • Life Skills
  • Physical Health and Self-care
  • Relationships
  • Social Networks
  • Aspirations
  • Responsibilities
  • Addictive / Challenging Behaviour
  • Identity 
  • Self-esteem

 
For more details on how to book a six-week Recovery Action Plan, click here: https://www.maidstonemind.org/virtual-recovery-action-plans/

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Bounce Back Courses For Ages 9 – 18

We have a range of Bounce Back dates available this September – providing young people with the opportunity to build their emotional resilience and develop their knowledge and understanding of mental health.
 
The course includes:
 
– An introduction to emotional resilience, get to know you games and activities
 
– Identifying support networks and understanding the importance of having a support network
 
– Understanding anxiety and how it can impact on you
 
– Understanding stress and how to tackle it
 
– The impact of relaxation on wellbeing & de-stress techniques
 
– Understanding decision making and how to make emotionally intelligent decisions
 
For more details on our Bounce Back courses, and how young people can book a space onto these sessions, please click here: https://www.maidstonemind.org/virtual-bounce-back-courses/

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space2beme zoom meetings

Space 2 Be Me are pleased to share details of our Virtual Space 2 Talk drop-in sessions for September – December.

We are continuing to use a booking system for these sessions. To book, please go to the relevant Eventbrite link:

September 17th 12pm  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168614714149

October 11th 8pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168618256745

November 10th 10am https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168619478399

December 7th 1pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168620334961

If you have any issues with booking, please email support@space2beme.org.uk.

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FREE Virtual Peer-Support Quiz For Young People

Mid Kent Mind are offering free spaces on a virtual Quiz session for young people later this September – titled ‘Big Fat Quiz Of The Summer’.
 
As part of the Reconnect Programme, Mid Kent Mind are delighted to share another project delivered in partnership with Youth Resilience UK – our Big Fat Quiz Of The Summer.
 
Let’s start with the most important thing – this isn’t a competitive session, and we don’t want young people to feel as though they have to compare themselves to others by taking part in these sessions. This Quiz session is all about bringing young people together and providing a safe space and time where young people can meet new people, network, and build a support network of friends who can support them as they return to school this September.
 
We hope that by giving young people an event to look forward to, we can provide young people with a well-being boost so that they feel positive and prepared for their return to the school environment. The key aim here is to encourage a positive sense of well-being – with the quiz just being a medium through which we can bring people together.
 
We know that balancing engagement with the quiz is important, too – so young people who do take part and win the quiz will have a chance to win an Amazon Voucher. We’re keen to stress that the focus isn’t a competitive one. Rather, we’re encouraging young people to take part and we hope they feel a sense of achievement from taking a step towards networking with other young people.
 
For more details, people are encouraged to visit:
https://www.maidstonemind.org/big-fat-quiz-summer-reconnect-programme/

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FREE Calligraphy Courses

Working with Youth Resilience UK, we are providing a free three-week Calligraphy Programme for young people in the Maidstone area. 

This three-week Calligraphy course which will encourage young people to learn basic skills around calligraphy. As a part of the group they will have the opportunity to learn how to create name tags and place cards. 

The hope is that this group will encourage young people to develop new skills and interests – benefitting their wellbeing during an otherwise difficult and challenging period of time.  

All participants receive a free Calligraphy Starter Kit. 

For details on how to register your interest, please visit the mid kent mind website.  

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Mid-Kent Mind mindfull quizzing

This group is all themed around bringing young people together during the Summer Holidays – encouraging them to make new friends and experience the benefits of peer support whilst also developing their understanding of how doing things which they enjoy can have benefits for their wellbeing. 

Every week young people who take part in the Social Quiz will have the opportunity to win a £5 Amazon Voucher – with the hope being that this will provide an incentive for young people to proactively engage with the group. 

For details on how to register your interest, please visit the mid kent mind website.

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Life After Lockdown

Life After Lockdown is a course developed in partnership with Youth Resilience UK which aims to provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to better adapt to the ‘new normal’ which we are all dealing with. 

This four-week programme of one-hour sessions is designed to explore social networks, isolation, and also how we all manage our relationships following the long-term lockdown necessary during the pandemic. 

By exploring these areas (alongside others!) we hope to have open discussions with young people with the aim of developing emotional resilience so young people are better equipped for a return to schools this September. 

As a part of this programme, young people are encouraged to take part in a Mindful Bingo sheet over the Summer holidays – encouraging young people to embrace the benefits of mindfulness over the holiday period. Any young person completing this will be in with a chance of winning a £25 Amazon Voucher. 

For details on how to register your interest, please visit the mid kent mind website.

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FREE Training For Parents/Carers Wanting To Learn About Youth Mental Health

We are delighted to share that, thanks to funding through the HeadStart Kent programme, we are able to offer free 1/2 Day MHFA Youth training for Parents & Carers across Kent.

This training provides a fantastic opportunity for parents and carers to learn more about the problems which face their young people, and crucially, how they can support them with their mental health and wellbeing.

This introductory MHFA session raises awareness of young people’s mental health. It covers:

  • Some of the common mental health issues affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
  • Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues
  • Ways to support young people with a mental health issue and relate to their experiences

For more details on how to book, please click here.

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Space2beme summer activities

Space 2 Be Me are delighted to announce their summer programme of face to face events and activities, details of which are available on their website https://space2beme.org.uk/tag/event/  These consist of both family events, and Space 2 Be Me Time activities (giving parents and carers some time to themselves).

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Covid-19 Vaccine

Below is a list of of surgeries offering the vaccine. Please check below what surgery you attend and where you need to go for your Jab i.e. if you are a Thornhills patient you will get your jab from Avicenna. Please note that Fusion is NOT administering any vaccine. Please see below on where and how to get yours.

Site nameProviding vaccinations for
Avicenna Medical Centre, West MallingOpen to anyone, bookings through the national booking service online or call 119
From 20 May 2021 patients from these surgeries should use the national booking service online or call 119Aylesford Medical Centre, Blackthorn Medical Centre, College Practice
Bower Mount Medical Centre, MaidstoneBower Mount Medical Practice, Brewer Street Surgery, The Vine Medical Centre, Northumberland Court
From 20 May 2021 patients from these surgeries should use the national booking service online or call 119Albion Place Medical Practice, Greensand Health Centre – Stockett Lane, The Mote Medical Practice, Wallis Avenue Surgery
From 20 May 2021 patients from these surgeries should use the national booking service online or call 119Howell Surgery, Northridge Medical Practice, Yalding Surgery, Lamberhurst Surgery, Marden Medical Centre, Old Parsonage Surgery, Old School Surgery, Crane Practice, Malling Four Health (Staplehurst), Wish Valley Surgery, Orchard End Surgery
Len Valley Branch Surgery (Glebe), MaidstoneBearsted Medical Practice, Len Valley Practice, Headcorn Surgery, Sutton Valence Surgery, Orchard Surgery (Langley)
From 20 May 2021 patients from these surgeries should use the national booking service online or call 119Kingswood Surgery, Speldhurst & Greggswood Medical Practice, Clanricarde Medical Centre, Grosvenor & St James Medical Practice, Abbey Court Medical Centre, St Andrews Medical Centre, Rusthall Medical Centre, Waterfield House Practice, Lonsdale Medical Centre

From 20 May 2021 patients from these surgeries should use the national booking service online or call 119

 

Amherst Medical Practice, Edenbridge Medical Practice, Westerham Practice, Town Medical Centre, Borough Green Medical Practice, Otford Medical Practice, St Johns Medical Practice, South Park Medical Centre
From 20 May 2021 patients from these surgeries should use the national booking service online or call 119Hildenborough Medical Group, Tonbridge Medical Group (Dunorlan), Warders Medical Centre, Woodlands Health Centre, Hadlow Medical Centre

 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals, some pharmacies and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.

It’s being given to:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers at high risk

You will also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

for more information about the vaccine priority list click here.

Wait to be contacted

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

Advice if you’re of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

There’s no evidence the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe if you’re pregnant. But more evidence is needed before you can be routinely offered the vaccine.

The JCVI has updated its advice to recommend you may be able to have the vaccine if you’re pregnant and:

  • at high risk of getting coronavirus because of where you work
  • have a health condition that means you’re at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus

You can have the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re breastfeeding.

Speak to a healthcare professional before you have the vaccination. They will discuss the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine with you.

You do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you’re pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding on GOV.UK

 

How the COVID-19 vaccine is given

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.

It’s given as 2 doses. You will have the 2nd dose 3 to 12 weeks after having the 1st dose.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have been developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca.

They have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.

Read about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

Read about the approved Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.

There is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people

Information:

Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

Allergic reactions

Tell healthcare staff before you are vaccinated if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

You should not have the vaccine if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to:

  • a previous vaccine
  • a previous dose of the same COVID-19 vaccine
  • some medicines, household products or cosmetics

Serious allergic reactions are rare. If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

 

Information:

You can report any suspected side effect using the Coronavirus Yellow Card safety scheme.

Visit the Coronavirus Yellow Card to report a vaccine side effect

COVID-19 vaccine ingredients

The 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.

150 000 people with learning difficulties added to vaccine priority list: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56181154

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Taming My Temper Course For Ages 11 – 15

Mid Kent Mind are pleased to share that we are providing a new date for our Taming My Temper course thanks to funding from the Canterbury Early Help Team.
 
Taming My Temper is a 6 week course dealing with anger management specifically designed for young people that may have issues controlling their emotions and want to reduce the levels of anger and hostility that they display.
 
This course looks at the causation of negative emotional behaviour and the anger response displayed by people. It then looks at ways to minimise negative emotions and alternative ways to cope and remain calm.
 
For more details on how a young person can book a space, please visit our website.
 

 

 

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Drop-In Youth Wellbeing Café

Did you know that Mid Kent Mind provide a safe, virtual drop-in space for young people between the ages of 9 and 18?
 
Our Youth Wellbeing Café takes place every week on a Tuesday, providing a drop-in session which young people can access between 4pm and 5pm. The Café aims to provide young people with a safe space where they can seek support from both our staff and their peers whilst also taking part in fun activities like quizzes, crafts and more.
 
There is no cost to attend our Wellbeing Café sessions – but notifying us that a young person may attend is useful in allowing us to prepare for additional numbers.
 
For more details, click here.

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Low-Cost Counselling Service

Mid Kent Mind are continuing to provide a Low-Cost Counselling Service to any who is over the age of eighteen. We have a range of flexible appointments available to suit your needs, and can offer face-to-face counselling, or counselling via the telephone or on a video call.
 
This service aims to give you a safe time and place where you can talk to someone who won’t judge you, whilst also providing you with the opportunity to make sense of things and better understand yourself. A large number of our counsellors are trainee counsellors – hence the ability to provide this service at a low-cost.
 
Sessions are available at the flat rate of £15 per session.
 
For more details, visit our website.

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Virtual Bingo on the 24th June

Do you want something to look forward too, would you like to win some cash? If the answer to either of these is ‘yes’ read on…The next virtual Bingo night is on Thursday 24th June 2021. The cost is £8 for 6 games, giving you the chance to win a cash prize for the equivalent of £1.40 per game! We will be playing Bingo using Zoom – Zoom is a free app available for download using this link https://zoom.us/download. The steps you need to take to join us are as follows:

1. Download the Zoom app, install on your device and check this works by using the test meeting function https://zoom.us/test.

2. Purchase your bingo tickets by clicking on this link https://www.paypal.com/instantcomm…/checkout/DGRBKLT5D6TE8.

3. During the day on the 24th June you will receive an email which contains: A link to access your bingo cards in readiness for the first bingo game at 7pm. An invitation to the Zoom session including the Meeting ID and Password.This email will be sent to the email address of the PayPal account used to purchase the tickets.PLEASE NOTE the cut-off time for purchasing your bingo tickets is 12pm (midday) on Thursday 24th June 2021. Any tickets purchased after the cut-off time will be rolled over to the next virtual bingo session in June.Numbers are limited so please purchase early to avoid disappointment. We promise a fun filled evening where audience participation is very much encouraged !!!!If you have any queries or would like any further information please contact Sue on 01622 320134 or email suemaidens@fusionhlc.org.uk.

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Free Budgeting Course with CAP

CAP is running a free course to help you manage your money better and lean to budget, save and spend well.

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FREE Coping with Life Courses

Mid Kent Mind are continuing to offer FREE spaces on our Coping with Life programme for individuals who are registered with Live Well Kent.
 
Over the course of a five-week programme, people will have the opportunity to learn more about Anxiety, Stress and Depression, and will allow them to explore these problems and learn more about positive and proactive coping mechanisms can be used to manage them.
 
This course aims to equip people with the tools and the knowledge to overcome adversities which they may face throughout life.
 
For more details, click here.

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Mind the Knife

‘Mind the Knife’ Programme for Secondary School aged children

Mid-Kent Mind are pleased to be partnering with Youth Resilience UK to deliver a brand-new programme in Maidstone, known as ‘Mind the Knife’.

The programme has been funded by the Home Office and the Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and aims to look at the potential ties between knife crime and poor mental health.

Over the course of a five-week programme, young people will have the opportunity to explore practical ideas around how they can keep themselves safe without breaking the law. This will be combined with a resilience-driven focus, encouraging young people to build and develop positive coping strategies which help to boost both their self-esteem and confidence – leading to an improved self-image.

The programme will combine M-K Mind’s wellbeing and resilience focus with Youth Resilience UK’s specialist knowledge around knife crime – enabling the course to go more in-depth around particular problem areas which young people may encounter.

For more details, visit the following webpage: https://www.maidstonemind.org/mind-the-knife/

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Space2beme Puberty Workshop

This space2beme parent workshop will focus on puberty in children and young people with additional needs led by Dr Mark Brown, who has over 30 years experience of working with individuals with neurodiverse issues.

Mark will explore the issues faced by children and teenagers with a learning disability and/or autism, when they are going through puberty, and the impact this can have on their family and wider circle. Topics covered will include:-

•Identifying the characteristics of puberty that can have a significant effect on young people

•Providing an understanding of anger management related to puberty

•Practical approaches which can be taken to address inappropriate sexualised behaviours

•How it’s never too early to start planning for puberty

The session will take place on 17th June 2021 at 7pm via Zoom and is free.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to funding restrictions, families from Maidstone (including non-members) will be prioritised for this event, then members, and finally families in West Kent. Register via Eventbrite and we will check your eligibility. We will only contact you if there is an issue, otherwise assume your booking remains. 

Please click below to book:

Puberty Workshop  – Hosted by Space 2 Be Me 

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New FREE Dates For Life After Lockdown Course – A Course For Ages 9-18

Mid Kent Mind are pleased to be offering new dates for our Life After Lockdown Course – a course which has been funded through The National Lottery Community Fund, and which has been developed in partnership with Youth Resilience UK.
 
This course aims to look at some of the key areas which may have been affected during the pandemic – including social networks, isolation and also how we can manage our relationships following periods of lockdown.
 
The hope is to use this course as a platform to explore the anxieties facing young people as we return to a ‘new normal’, so that we can better equip them with the tools and the emotional resilience to thrive in this new environment.
 
For more details on the dates for this course, and how young people can access them, please visit their website.

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Next Round Of FREE Mental Health Awareness Training Launched For Mental Health Awareness Week

Mid Kent Mind are excited to be able to debut the next lot of dates for our highly-demanded Mental Health Awareness Training – just in time to mark the importance of Mental Health Awareness Week.
 
These free sessions cover a range of different topics – including Stress, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, and more. New for this batch of dates is a brand-new course looking at Psychosis, as well as the removal of charges for our Social Media and Mental Health course – meaning there are now more options than ever under our free ‘Mental Health Awareness’ training.
 
For more details on all the new dates, and how you can access them, please visit our website.

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Porchlight Aspriations

If you are unemployed, live in Kent or East Sussex, and feel that your mental health is holding you back, we can help. Aspirations is a free service from Porchlight for anyone over 25 who is not currently in employment.

How does it work?

Porchlight can help you improve your mental health and achieve whatever it is you feel your mental health is holding you back from. It could be joining a local group, gaining new skills or finding the job you want.

Whatever your circumstances, you won’t be judged and what we discuss will remain confidential. The activities are all completely free and people do not have to take part in a specific number of activities. People can choose which ones work best for them.

Online wellbeing programme of events: March – May

Aspirations summer activities 

We wanted to keep you up to date with the activities we have planned for this summer. Anyone signed up to Aspirations can take part in the events and we are now able to offer a range of both virtual and in person events.

They are all completely free and there is no expectation to take part in a specific number of activities – people can choose which ones work best for them.

If you or someone you know could benefit from support from Aspirations please get in touch. You can find out more on our website or email us at aspirations@porchlight.org.uk

Get in touch

You can get in touch by calling Porchlight on 0333 880 2730, email aspirations@porchlight.org.uk or by filling in our contact form.

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Mental health week 2021

Kent based mental health websites

www.kentyouthhealth.nhs.uk lots of information and includes a self-referral form for access to the Kent Children’s and Young People’s Counselling service.  Also promotes the Chat Health text service for young people too.

www.moodspark.org.uk  website created by young people in Kent for young people in Kent.  Helps to improve resilience

www.kentresiliencehub.org.uk resource for young people, parents and professionals working with young people providing information and advice to improve resilience.

www.kooth.com a mental health community with articles, discussion boards, online counselling etc.  Is a free resource for young people in Kent as it is commissioned by our children and young people mental health services in Kent.

www.togetherall.com  mental health community, etc like Kooth.  Commissioned for ages 16 – 18.

National Mental Health Support

www.themix.org.uk  website providing support for young people aged 10 – 25.  Has self-help articles and guides, has discussion boards, has online chat function with a trained adult, has a text services and includes a crisis service too.

www.youngminds.org.uk  – website providing information and support for young people and their parents.  Includes a crisis text service.  What I do really like is that they have a parentline which parents can phone to talk about being a parent to a child/young person struggling with their mental health.

www.childline.org.uk  website providing support to children and young people.  Has self-help articles, guides, discussion boards.  Can chat online and on the free phone number to a trained adult.

Calm Harm app – app to support children and young people who are self-harming.  App supports them through the wave of emotion they are feeling that normally leads to self-harming but instead supports the with safer coping strategies.