SAFE Group Testimonials
“I just want to say thank you because the work you guys did with us helped me so much. The skills I learned have made me the person I am today. I’m so much stronger than I ever thought I could be. I can truly say I love myself and I can’t even remember the last time I self-harmed. I just wanted to let you know that you’ve really made a difference in someone’s life and say thank you.”
“To this day I use the skills I learned years ago in group”
“Group was a blessing. It was such a safe space and open space. It gave us somewhere we knew was once a week where we mattered.”
“I found the group extremely helpful. I’ve never stuck to a group for more than 1 session, I’ve always hated the atmosphere, but something about SAFE is different and so accepting. I always felt at home, welcome and understood. You and the group have always been able to see things from a different point of view. I’ve learned a lot of things that I still use most days, like when we would sit down and break down bad thinking habits (ie jumping to conclusions), it’s taught me to acknowledge my own accomplishments and keep myself safe. Thank you.”
“SAFE was one of the best things to ever happen to me, bringing me out of such a dark point in my life I will never be able to fully repay what Martha and everyone at the CMHA has done for me. The values and lessons I learned with that group are still things I use to this day. I feel that with the help of Martha and SAFE I took a huge step forward in my life and am the happy, confident person I am today because of them. I never had any problems coming to group, I never felt threatened or unwelcome, I in fact looked forward to seeing everyone every week. If anything I do know that a lot of people had problems with going on their phones or talking during group, which can be disrespectful and rude. If there was anything I would change I would want a firm rule to try to overcome that, I know that it was frustrating for not only Martha but other members of the group as well.
Overall I think SAFE was an excellent self harm support group and will continue to teach many more people how to fight and overcome their weaknesses. I cant thank you enough Martha, I hope you see this through many more years to come, you deserve the world.”
“I attended the S.A.F.E. group for nearly 3 years while it was run by Martha, and for me it was a really wonderful learning experience. Having dealt with mental health issues and self harm since I was very young, having a group of people who I could openly talk to about my issues and experiences with was amazing. Being someone who has struggled with mental issues for most of my life, you feel like an outcast. Being part of an accepting, welcoming group of people who were going through the same issues as me was something I had never experienced before. I learned new ways to cope with urges to self harm like the self soothing list, and the trigger board. I am now 6 years without self harm, and still use those strategies on a regular basis.
SAFE group helped me a lot when self harming was a major part of my life. I needed a place to go where I felt comfortable enough to talk about what I was feeling and going through. Martha provided that place for me. She taught me skills and tools to overcome my self harm, and for that I am forever grateful. (also she’s hilarious, seriously)
“I stopped attending the group when I was 3 years without self harming only for the reason that I had learned enough about how to deal with the immediate trigger to self harm. I am now in a loving relationship, going back to college and thriving more than I thought I could, and a lot of my success is because of SAFE. I don’t think that I would have be able to overcome the challenges in my life without the support and tools I got from SAFE. Again, I am forever grateful.”