What's on Support Groups Support Group for Carers of people with complex needs and personality disorders Do you have a close relative or friend who has complex emotional and behavioural needs, or a diagnosis of Personality Disorder? If so you may have had some difficult and challenging situations to face, and feel very concerned about your situation, as well as the (sometimes extreme) problems faced by your loved one. And if you are the parent of the person with support needs, you may also be concerned about younger siblings or grandchildren in the family. COMPLEX NEEDS/PERSONALITY DISORDER – WE CAN SUPPORT YOU In 2015 Carers Support Merton, together with Sutton Carers Centre, began our cross-borough Complex Needs Support (CNS) Group. This has proved to be very successful with carers coming together to share their experiences, and difficulties, around caring for someone with complex needs/personality disorders. Often this results in practical help as well as support. We meet approximately every six weeks, alternating between Carers Support Merton and Sutton Carers Centre. We have a model that allows everyone some space to talk, and extra time for the group to support anyone who is caught up in a crisis. We also aim for every meeting to have a constructive, positive and educational element, with speakers or a focus on understanding complex needs and learning about modern treatments. To date we have welcomed members of the clinical team from the Complex Needs Service at Springfield Hospital, as well as those who facilitate the SUN (Service Users Network), which offers a way for people with complex needs to gain mutual support. We have also welcomed a colleague from Community Health who was able to enrol carers in a popular course to address their own health and emotional support needs. Occasionally we are fortunate to have a speaker, J, who is a volunteer at Sutton Carers Centre and generously shares his personal experiences of living with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. If you feel the person you are caring for may have a personality disorder or complex needs do please come along and join us. If you would like further information contact Marcella Meloni, Mental Health Carers Advisor at Carers Support Merton on 020 8646 7515 or [email protected] DATES TTuesday 11 September 2018 @ Carers Support Merton, The Vestry Hall, London Road, Mitcham CR4 3UD Tuesday 23 October 2018 @ Sutton Carers Centre, Benhill House, Benhill Avenue, Sutton SM1 4DA Booking for this event has now closed.