Time in a positive social environment

The social aspect of engaging in a therapeutic intervention is a key component of STH. The relationships that can be developed and the skills that are created can be as much of a benefit as the other outcomes.

We know from research that people who are socially included, with good friendships and family connections, tend to be those who have improved health and life outcomes.

STH programmes can offer social interactions amongst groups of people who come together to participate; they can build a connection, and there are opportunities to engage, develop their team working skills, share goals, and collaborate – these positive interactions give rise to a sense of belonging and inclusion. There is also the opportunity to develop a direct relationship with the practitioner, whether that be through the setting of goals or the development of skills within the programme.

The Mental Health Foundation is a good source of information on how social environments can be positive for our health.