WISHS consists of a team of competent, committed and experienced individuals, who help to facilitate groups, plan and prepare training sessions and work closely with other local organisations.
Hi my names Aimy and I am a volunteer with WISHS. I started self harming at around 13 years old. Self harm provided support for the majority of my teenage years and my early twenties. During high school I received help from CAMHs but continued to self harm.
Despite periods of being self harm free, my self harm always resurfaced during stressful times in my life. It was always my coping mechanism when times were tough. I have received various professional support including CBT, Counselling, EMDR and Trauma focussed therapy. I still have a lot of difficulties but I am now at the stage where I am over two years self harm free. I never imagined I would reach this point and, without the support of others within the group, I don’t think I would have got where I am today.
I joined the group 5 years ago as a volunteer. I believed that I knew all I could about my own self harm and was ready to support others. What I didn’t realise was that the group would help me more than I ever could have imagined. Meeting others who thought and felt the same way as me, others that truly understood why hurting myself helped me, people that no matter what I disclosed never judged me, made a huge difference to my recovery journey. I realised that I could still get better rather than just accepting that I would be ill forever. I imagined group to be a place where everyone sat and told each other personal details about their own self harm but I found it to be so different to that. The group is very relaxed and we do lots of activities that can either help with coping, teach us more about our own self harm or are just fun distractions. I thought I might find it difficult to talk about self harm with other people but the people within group are the only people I can be truly honest with.
I have now been with WISHS (formerly No Secrets) since February 2011 and have enjoyed every minute of it and made some really great friends. A year ago I also gained enough confidence to write and deliver training on self harm in adults and children which we, as an organisation, have delivered around Wigan and Warrington. This is something else I really enjoy as we are using our experiences to help people help others who self harm.
Coming into group for the first time was so daunting but it’s probably the best thing that I ever did. I’m no longer alone.
Hi, my name is Shannon and I’ve been a volunteer with WISHS (formerly No Secrets Wigan) since February 2015. I initially became a volunteer in order to gain experience relevant to my degree in Psychology and Criminology, but the group has come to mean more to me, and become a much bigger part of my life, than I had expected. The group is so friendly and relaxed, and we incorporate a range of activities into group sessions. Through volunteering at WISHS I’ve met so many amazing people, and have seen first hand how much of a difference a support group like this one can make. Becoming a volunteer is one of the best and most rewarding things I have ever done, and I hope to continue provide the support and encouragement at WISHS that can make such a difference to those struggling with self-harm.
Hi my name is Janine and I am a volunteer for WISHS. I have worked with children and young people for over ten years around their feelings. This has included self-esteem, self-harm and anxieties on a one to one and group settings. Currently I provide this support privately through creativity and am happily providing voluntarily to this group as I have personal experience of some of the feelings that can lead to self-harm. I hope to gain more understanding from the people who come to the groups as well as offer any skills, knowledge and experience that I can to provide the support and encouragement that has helped me through some difficult times.