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PoetsIN Won’t Turn You Away

1 in 4 adults and 1 in 8 children and young people have a medically diagnosed mental illness. This doesn’t account for those who are struggling in silence. At PoetsIN, we won’t turn anyone away – minds matter – and we appreciate how hard it is to reach out for help. 

We have a number of services available to cater for the needs of individuals and organisations, regardless of their location across the globe. It is our aim to help as many people as possible with their mental wellbeing – educating, empowering, understanding, and inspiring everyone to keep their minds healthy. 

Below is our current list of services and how you can access them… 

Our Services

IN-Person Creative Mental Health Programme™

Our flagship IN-Person Creative Mental Health Programme™ originally began in prisons in 2016 before being rolled out to the public. Through this journey, we tailored and tweaked our programme and we are super proud to be able to state that this programme improves the mental wellbeing of 99% of the individuals who take part by reducing the symptoms of mental ill-health, improving confidence and self-worth, and by giving participants the tools to use in their day-to-day lives to keep their minds healthy. 

Our standard IN-Person Creative Mental Health Programme™ runs between six and ten weeks, with a 90 minute session each week. This is supported by homework tasks set online to help solidify the principles and techniques taught in each session.

We cover a plethora of topics within our programme, with each week focusing on a different entity such as – Depression, Anxiety, Worry, Stress, Confidence, Mindfulness, Free Thought, setting boundaries, saying no, and more. During each session we give each member handouts that further explain the techniques and things we have discussed during the session. 

We explore happiness and barriers to happiness in one of our modules

Each session has eight to ten participants and is led by a PoetsIN trained and DBS checked Project Worker. Each Project Worker will guide you through each session which is made up by solo work, pair work, group work, and group discussion. 

At the start and end of each programme, participants are asked to complete a Mental Wellbeing Assessment which allows us to measure our impact and ensure we continue to be effective with our programme. 

The IN-Person Programme is available via third-party organisations or are organised by the PoetsIN team within one of our locations. Our programme is suitable for everyone, including those who want to better their mental wellbeing, but who don’t have a mental illness.

To register your interest in our IN-Person Creative Mental Health Programme™ please email info@poetsin.com ensuring that IN-Person Creative Mental Health Programme is in the subject line of the email.

Online Creative Mental Health Programme™ 

Our Online Creative Mental Health Programme™ is the online version of our IN-Person Creative Mental Health Programme™. It is proven to give the same results but caters for those who aren’t able to attend an IN-Person programme due to severe anxiety, physical health difficulties, or location constraints. 

Instead of meeting once a week IN-Person, ten participants are given access to our online classroom where there is a mix of text-based discussion and work that the participant works through throughout the week. The programme is lead by a PoetsIN trained and DBS checked Project Worker. The Project Worker will guide you through each week and will leave supportive feedback on your work. 

We cover a plethora of topics within our programme, with each week focusing on a different entity such as – Depression, Anxiety, Worry, Stress, Confidence, Mindfulness, Free Thought, setting boundaries, saying no, and more. Each week we give each member access to handouts that further explain the techniques and things we have covered during that week. 

At the start and end of each programme, participants are asked to complete a Mental Wellbeing Assessment which allows us to measure our impact and ensure we continue to be effective with our programme. 

The Online Creative Mental Health Programme™ is available to anyone across the globe, including those who want to better their mental wellbeing, but who don’t have a mental illness.

To register your interest in our Online Creative Mental Health Programme™ email info@poetsin.com ensuring that Online Creative Mental Health Programme is in the subject line of the email.

PoetsIN Schools™ 

In 2019 it was reported that 1 in 4 children and young people were refused support with their mental health. We are changing that. PoetsIN Schools™ is our newest addition to the services we provide and is already proving to be powerful for young minds. 99% of the students we have worked with have seen an improvement in their mental wellbeing and are better informed and equipped to manage their mental health as they move into adulthood. 

We provide our proven Creative Mental Health Programme™ in the school setting (information above under the relevant service header) and are providing much-needed mental health education to students in an effort to stop the 1 in 8 children and young people mental illness figures worsening. 

If you would like to discuss bringing this to your school, please contact us at bookings@poetsin.com ensuring your subject line states PoetsIN Schools and the name of your school. 

PoetsIN Online Mental Health Community™ 

The PoetsIN Online Mental Health Community™ is a truly inclusive community like no other. A place of support and understanding, laughter and friendship, along with a place to be creative and purging all under one safe and private digital roof. 

100% of our members say that PoetsIN is valuable to their mental wellbeing. It is hosted as a private Facebook Community with a team of support staff on hand, 24/7, 365. 

To join this community, please head to www.facebook.com/groups/poetsin and answer the three questions, then request to join. 

The Buddy Service™ 

The Buddy Service™ is an exclusive service for our PoetsIN Online Community Group™ members. Get matched with two trained PoetsIN Buddies within a private, open-ended chat where you will receive support and understanding between the hours of 9am-10pm 24/7. 

To access this support, please join the Online Mental Health Community™ (details above) and then contact one of the admin team and ask for the PoetsIN Buddy Service™.

The Listening Service™

The Listening Service™ is a live chat service accessible via our main homepage between the hours of 9am and 10pm GMT. This service runs 365 days of the year and is a place to be heard when you are finding things tough. 

PoetsIN Prison™ 

PoetsIN Prison™ is a proven creative mental health programme for behind the prison walls that utilises the IN-Person Creative Mental Health Programme™ as its foundation. It is then further tailored to the needs of the institution and the impact they want to achieve with the resident. 

For more information about PoetsIN Prison™ and bringing it behind your prison walls, please contact bookings@poetsin.com ensuring the subject line includes PoetsIN Prison and the name of your prison. 

PoetsIN PostBox™

During our IN-Person Creative Mental Health Programme™ we use a technique we created called Free Thought Writing™. We won’t go into detail here about why it works, but we have many a service user that knows it does. To cut a long explanation short, we’ll tell you that Free Thought Writing™ is a brain dump of sorts. It is proven with our research, trials, and ongoing use of this technique that spending 5 minutes purging (freeing) your thoughts can help dramatically reduce the intensity of an emotion. Cue, PoetsIN Postbox™.

During our in-person sessions we encourage members to destroy what they just wrote and throw it away – or, if they’re at home – burn it, safely. It’s a visual representation of you saying goodbye to the pain, anger, intense emotion you were just feeling. We decided that by having the PoetsIN Postbox, it is another way of waving goodbye to those unhelpful thoughts – in a controlled and safe way.

So, how does it work?

Write your rant, write until you feel empty. It doesn’t need to make sense. It doesn’t need to be grammatically correct. This is about getting the inside, out. Then email it to freethought@poetsin.com – that is the equivalent of you burning your thoughts. Our support team will monitor this inbox. We will not reply to you if you do not request it. However, if you want someone to reply, please make it known and one of the team will respond to you.

NEW: PoetsIN Motivational Speaking™ 

The co-founders of PoetsIN both have experience with mental ill-health, along with tremendous journeys that include a lot of pain and turmoil, which ultimately, lead them to start PoetsIN. 

They are both open and brutally honest about their lives, their mistakes and addictions, their achievements, and their motivation to make a difference in the world today, one mind at a time; and are now taking bookings to come and talk to your organisation about their lives and how to find your way when everything feels dark. 

To book or to make an enquiry, please email bookings@poetsin.com ensuring that PoetsIN Motivational Speaking and the name of your organisation is within the subject line.

PoetsINternational™ 

We are now offering licensing of our programmes internationally for for an annual or monthly fee with a 12 month minimum contract. Prices will be dependant on needs and include training the trainers. Licensing is for companies only – individuals will not be granted PIN licensing.

To find out more about this service, please contact us on info@poetsin.com ensuring the subject line has PoetsINternational and your name within it.

Coming Soon: PoetsINDividual™

PoetsINDividual™ is our flagship IN-Person Creative Mental Health Programme™ delivered one-to-one either IN-person, over the phone, or skype. 

To register your interest, or to find out more about this service, please contact us on info@poetsin.com ensuring the subject line has PoetsINDividual and your name within it.

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