SUN (Service User Network)
SUN is a new, easy to access community-based peer support service for adults experiencing diffi culties with complex
emotions often associated with personality disorder.
These emotions can affect how a person feels, copes with life and manages relationships. Based on an established model of care, SUN offers access to regular peer support groups where people can talk about their experiences and offer one another help and advice. Groups are facilitated by a clinician, and a peer support worker with lived experience of mental health issues.
Who is SUN designed to help?
SUN is available to anyone aged 18 and over who is registered with a GP in Surrey or NE Hampshire.
It is for people who:
• have been diagnosed with personality disorder and who are looking for increased support in the community to help them manage their condition
• would describe themselves as having complex emotional needs but have not received a diagnosis of personality disorder
What happens at SUN groups?
SUN groups follow a set format to encourage people to: say how they are feeling and what they want to get out of the group; discuss topics or themes that are raised; offer support and share experiences; and talk about how they are feeling at the end of the group. Group facilitators participate in discussions where helpful and where needed.
Where are SUN groups held?
Several groups are held weekly. Due to Coronavirus restrictions, groups are currently virtual. Once restrictions are lifted, groups will also be offered in person.
How to attend SUN groups
To attend SUN groups, you will need to become a SUN member. You can do this easily by contacting [email protected] or calling: 01372 216700 and requesting a membership form.
Once returned to SUN, a person can book onto their first group. To complete the membership process, you will also need to fill in a Resource and Support Plan at your first groups. This helps SUN to understand the needs of each member and how to support them.
Who is providing SUN?
SUN is provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with third sector provider, Community Connections Surrey which inlcudes Catalyst.
Want to know more?
We are holding a series of virtual presentations for anyone who may be interested and want to find our more, to find out what dates we have in April 2021 click here.