Feedback and Statistics
How We Capture Our Data
Based on a similar model to The Community Learning Mental Health Research Project (Gov.UK, 2018) any 12 step Anxiety Program project can uses a choice of methods to assess the mental health of the program attendees.
All of our attendees, whether on our group programs or online, complete an individual learning plan at the beginning of the program, and then reflect on this at the end of the 12 Steps. This allows for the collection of quantitative data, including assessment of overall impact of each course, progression statistics, and mental health benefits.
At each session throughout the group program, attendees access regular 1-1 contact, where they are able to reflect on progress and share any challenges they are experiencing, which allow for reasonable adjustments for inclusion and equality purposes.
Results from our Pilot 12 Step Anxiety Program (2019)
88% of learners saw a marked improvement in their relationship with their anxiety
Participants of our first 6-week 12 Step Program reported improvements in the following areas:
Understanding of anxiety 68.75%
Participating in relaxation more than twice a week 62.5%
Implementing strategies learnt 50%
Participating in self-care 25%
Improved wellbeing & mental health 50%
Improved physical health 43.75%
Gained job related skills 31.25%
Improved self-confidence 56.25%
Increased involvement in local community and improve social relationships 37.5%
Developed personal skills 31.25%
Using the HACT
Data from a 15 week course for parents of children with autism, ADHD, autistic traits, neurological conditions, anxiety, SEND and school refusers was inputted in to the Housing Associations' Charitable Trust calculator, which measures the social value of community based projects.
Attendees reported they learnt strategies to manage their own emotional resilience, discovered ways to help family and friends, and built stronger relationships. Those attending who themselves had high levels of anxiety experienced profound changes in sleep patterns, eating behaviours, and the occurrence of panic attacks.
Using the HACT https://www.hact.org.uk/value-calculatorscale the social value scores for 6 people attending:
‘Doing this course has changed the way I parent, it’s changed my relationships, for the better and I can understand my autistic daughters anxiety, without bringing my stuff to the situation.’
‘I had really struggled to come along to the course in the beginning, my panic attacks stopped me going out. But my coach supported me and by week 3 I was walking to meet the group. They kept me going and still do. We have an active peer support group 3 years on. It’s really helped during the pandemic’
‘Being a woman with high functioning autism, all I can say is I wish I had done this course when I was a teenager. It could have saved a lot of damage to a lot of walls!’