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Partners in Care: Staywell Support Group for patients. In the beginning was an idea

  • Sandra Burton (a1) and Adrian Blaj (a2)
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Motto: With perseverance a blade of glass splits rocks

(Chinese proverb).

Over 3 years ago a former in-patient of mine walked quietly into my clinic and asked my opinion in respect of her desire to put something back into the system which helped her to recover. I instantly thought that this was a brilliant idea; a support group run by the patients for the patients! People around me remained sceptical about this project and simply thought the project was doomed to failure from the start as there was no known long-term successful precedent. Then I thought of the idea behind the enormously successful Alcoholics Anonymous self-help organisation founded in the USA by two alcoholic men, a surgeon and stockbroker. The result was impressive – I only wish that this project would find deep resonance in a few dedicated hearts and spread nationally. For those who want to read further about this against-all-the-odds journey, I stop myself and let Sandra tell the story about the origin of the Staywell Support Group.

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Partners in Care: Staywell Support Group for patients. In the beginning was an idea

  • Sandra Burton (a1) and Adrian Blaj (a2)
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