Monthly Archives: July 2016

Something to consider : Winnicott on Adolescence

“It comes down to a problem of: how to be adolescent during adolescence? This is an extremely brave thing for anybody to be. It does not mean that we grown-ups have to be saying: ‘Look at these dear little adolescents having their adolescence; we must put up with everything and let our windows get broken.’ This is not the point. The point is that we are challenged and we meet the challenge as part of the function of adult living. But we meet the challenge rather than set out to cure what is essentially healthy.
The big threat from the adolescent is the threat to the bit of ourselves that has not really had its adolescence. This bit of ourselves makes us resent these people being able to have their phase of the doldrums and makes us want to find a solution for them. There are hundreds of false solutions. Anything we say or do is wrong. We give support and we are wrong, we withdraw support and that is wrong too. We dare not be ‘understanding’. But in the course of time we find that this adolescent boy and this adolescent girl has come out of the doldrums phase and is now able to begin identifying with society, with parents, and with wider groups, and to do so without feeling threatened with personal extinction.”

Extracted from:  D. W. Winnicott, Clare Winnicott, Ray Shepherd & Madeleine Davis. Deprivation and Delinquency. iBooks.  First published by Tavistock Publications, London, 1984


A review of residential care in England

A report commissioned by the prime minister and the Department for Education in October last year was published today,  July 4th, 2016.

Residential Child Care is the report of an independent review carried out by Sir Martin Narey. The full text of the review can be found at

Celebrating Mental Health and Keeping Cool : Cool Rethink Summer Party


Claudia Benzies has sent an announcement of a special event to held in Totnes on July 22nd. 2016. A Cool Rethink Summer Party will be held on Friday, July 22nd at the Royal Seven Stars Ballroom, Totnes, TQ9 5PN.

You are invited to drop by and have some fun, meet & make friends, try something different, and to learn & share.

There will be activities throughout the day.


10.00-17.00 South Hams Community & Voluntary Services; information & support for volunteers & voluntary groups

10.30-17.00 Rethink, peer support, information

11.00-14.00 Bridge Collective (Exeter) an opportunity for voice-hearers to share their experiences with others and to raise awareness.

11.30-12.30 Boxing /Body Rehab session -Ash Hill

11.00-16.00 Making bunting for your festival tent, windbreak and garden party with Pam

12.00-13.00 Bartons Solicitors : Talk on Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney with a Q and A session.


12.30-17.00 Recovery Devon information, display stand, leaflets, learning College – James Woolridge

13.00-16.00 Drink Wise, Age Well display and information stand

14.00-15.00 Managing Stress – Katie Porkess

15.00-16.00 Boxing /Body Rehab session

15.30-17.00 Cream Teas (£2) & music with John Connor

16.00-17.30 Anger Management – Kate Smith, Cool Therapies

17.00-18.00 Writing your story
- Amanda Cuthbert

18.00-19.00 Introduction to Kung Fu. Qi Gong/Shibashi – Matt Bindon

19.00-20.00 Qi Gong session
_ Matt Bindon

TBC Time Out with Hector Krome (Talk)

& more ………..

All Day 

Cool Art exhibition

Rethink mental illiness : display stand, leaflets, starting a peer group & more

For more information contact Claudia Benzies on 07712210300, Or Email  help&   Mobile 07756965814