This is about community-building for emotionally intense or sensitive individuals. We welcome listing submission from: Local support group, social activities, services and any creative, exciting projects. 

The journey of being an intense individual can be lonely. Words and arts are powerful platform from which we can start a dialogue.  We are now collecting stories and artwork from individuals who can identify with feeling emotionally intense. For more information, please scroll to the bottom of this page. 

If you are looking for a meet-up group specifically for people with a diagnosis of BPD traits, please refer to Eggshell Collective community page. 

As of November 2014...

Facebook Page 

To stay in touch with the latest offer, you may want to follow us on our Facebook page where we not only put out sessional offers such as free books, but also share news, strategies and quotes that support you in this process.

Concession 

We now offer concession fee for students or young people 18-25 of age. There is currently a short waiting list with the earliest availability in January 2015. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please register now and we will contact you shortly.

Save the Haven Project

We are currently supporting Save The Haven Project in Colchester, England.

Here are a few words for Laura, who we salute for showing up with real courage to fight for something she believes in (edited from the campaign page here) :

''Can you imagine if you or someone you care about had to live with a Personality Disorder and what a struggle daily life can be? Here are a few of our personal struggles that we battle on a daily basis. 

Being emotionally unstable, our moods can change rapidly and we experience uncontrolled intense anger, extreme feelings of sadness and irritability. It can also make us feel insecure, lonely, give us a lack of self worth and a poor self image, as well as no self esteem or confidence. All of which leaves us feeling like we don't belong anywhere. We reject people before they can reject us, due to an enormous fear of abandonment, so when in relationships it can cause them to become tense and very unstable. We tend to cling onto damaging relationships. which can result in lots of conflict. Not knowing our own identity, feeling non existent and empty. All symptoms are heightened under stress this can also cause paranoia, we often believe in things that are not real or true (called delusions) or see or hear things that are not really there (called hallucinations), along with numbness and episodes of dissociation (zoning out). Constantly feeling misunderstood and feeling like a child forced to live in an adult world, making us fragile and vulnerable in the world we live in. We carry out impulsive risky actions without thinking about the consequences of our behaviours, such as spending sprees, driving recklessly, binge eating, breaking the law, self harming, having promiscuous sex, along with abusing drugs or alcohol and attempting suicide.

I have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, I have always been ashamed of this; until more recently, as I could not accept this as a diagnosis and did not believe I was so unwell. I tried to carry on with life and be as independent as possible. There was only so long I could carry on being in denial and running away from my long standing mental health problems. I could not understand how my past could possibly have any effect on me and my behaviours. I did not want people to think I was crazy and that I could not cope, and so I could not tell anybody as I hated the thought of having support. After having a complete break down and realizing I could not cope with life unless I was using substances, self harming and putting myself at risk along with multiple suicide attempts. Something needed to change, but this was a scary thought as I did not know another way of coping. Having a Personality disorder has such a negative stigma attached to it. I was and am involved with mental health services and after having an admission into a local psychiatric hospital I was then referred to The Haven Project. 

The Haven Project is dedicated to the support and treatment of people with a personality disorder diagnosis who live in North East Essex. The Haven offers crisis services to their registered clients, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their purpose is to provide a swift response and early intervention when clients are in crisis.Telephone contact is available 24  hours a day and travel arrangements exist to ensure fast access to The Haven, at any time of the day or night, on any day of the week, for those in crisis. 

The Haven is a community project in Colchester, Essex, that supports people who have suffered significant trauma in their childhood, for example; physical,  emotional, spiritual and sexual abuse.

The CCG (Clinical commissioning Group) have refused to finance the project, despite impressive figures showing that on average Haven clients attendance at A&E and acute wards has reduced by 80% and now has a suicide rate of less than 1 % over the ten years The Haven has been running. This is compared with a national average of 8-10% according to the Royal College of Psychiatry figures. Should Haven clients revert to the national average suicide figures an additional 14-18 people will be committing suicide in the next year following The Haven closure and there would be a four fold increase in the use of A&E and acute ward services. This shows how beneficial The Haven Project is and has been in helping us as clients who have Personality disorders to remain in the community and lead a more balanced, fulfilling life.

The Haven project has been successfully running for 10 years and we fear that the loss of The Haven will have a terrible impact on the lives of the people who have found a place that they can trust and feel safe as well as build on positive relationships to grow and recover from their trauma. Not only will us as clients suffer but it will have a detrimental effect on our families, friends and carers causing them great anxiety and stress. Our loved ones know that when we are at The Haven we are gaining ongoing support and that we are safe, which enables them to have peace of mind and gives them respite. 

Overall, The Haven has saved North East Essex's  health and social care economy over £800,000 per annum. However, It has been estimated that the loss of The Haven will cause a deficit of £1,000,000 per annum. This in turn will then have a negative effect on the mental health care that is provided within North East Essex.''

When you donate to The Haven Project

You will save someone from self-harming, 

                                                                      You might even save their life.

You will help them create better families,

                                               Better education and employment futures.

  • £10.00 is a compassionate call at night for 30 minutes to settle someone and prevent risky behaviours.
  • £50.00 is a day out to build confidence for training and jobs.
  • £100.00 respite bed for those in crisis, to give extra support .

On our last note we would like to thank you all for taking the time to read about The Haven Project and to donate to our campaign. Even if you are unable to make a donation please become a supporter and help us spread the word about The Haven project far and wide. Share with your friends and family on social networking sites. Any type of support will be greatly appreciated. Stay tuned to keep updated on how we are doing, video messages and blog's from clients are to follow.

Many Thanks and Best Wishes,

Laura & Julie. (Haven Clients)''

 

 

Recruiting Artist, Writers, Story-teller

Part of Eggshell Therapy's mission is to celebrate the unique gifts you have as an intense individual. You may have dived into places darker than where most people would have gone, and have had moments more joyous than what most people would have tasted. We want to hear from you. 

Art and words are powerful platforms from which we can hear from one another.  We are now collecting STORIES and ARTWORK that will be featured on our online platform and shared by many. 

Our goal is simple: to give you a space to channel your identity and to enrich one another's life. Sharing art and words make us question our place in the world, expose us to new perspectives and remind us again of the rich and complex brilliance of human life.  

If you are an artist, this is a good opportunity for you to expand visibility and opportunity. We welcome artwork in all forms including visual pictures, poems, photography, and film; and you can exhibit them alongside your personal bio and contact.

If you don't call yourself an artist, we invite you to share your stories as it can have a powerful impact on others' lives.  Sharing can be a true magic. 

If you are unsure what to pick out of your existing portfolio, get in touch anyway! We can look at your work and give brief advice on what we think would best showcase your unique qualities and talents. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

*Please fill in the following form with your contact details, you would then be invited to send your work to a separate email address. We endeavor to show as much work as possible, but due to various reason we may not be able to include all things submitted. 

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