First Person Plural specialises in facilitating mutual support, providing information, delivering training and raising awareness for all affected, or otherwise needing to understand about trauma-related complex dissociative conditions.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in our work. Full membership is reserved for those with personal lived experience of a complex dissociative disorder e.g. DID, DDNOS; Associate membership is for supporters, family, friends, professionals and anyone else with an interest. We also offer an International membership. Some of our other activities are available only to members. Joining FPP brings membership benefits and it is also a simple way of showing your support for our work.
Quarterly newsletter sent to our members on publication and with back issues available to all in the Newsletter Archive. Articles and other contributions are written by people with lived experience, supporters and professionals. It also keeps our members informed about forthcoming training, other events and activities. Information about relevant policy, research and governmental actions which may be of interest our readers is included.
Members Open Meetings
Members Open Meetings provide opportunities for members (with their supporters/guests) to meet in a safe setting. Some meetings have invited speakers, others are more informal with activities designed to facilitate a calm and welcoming atmosphere, some meetings are a mix of the two. We organise meetings in different geographical areas, and will support any member who wishes to run one in their own locality.
Online Mutual Support Forum
Online Mutual Support Forum for full members only. This resource is not formally moderated. Participants are expected to follow community guidelines when posting and remind each other of these when appropriate. The forum is password protected and secure. It also includes a chat facility which can be used to have real time contact with other members.
Regional Support Groups
Regional Support Groups are a developing part of our work. We currently have one running in Norwich and one in Chester which we are using as pilots. The groups are non-facilitated peer support, run by the group members for the purpose of providing peer support for managing daily living with a complex dissociative condition. The groups do not support people in crisis. Group members are expected to be self-responsible (with the assistance of an accompanying supporter if necessary), and should either be receiving therapy and/or have a good external support network.
Training is a key activity helping us to meet our charitable objectives. Our trainers are professional, knowledgeable and very experienced, with the added value of having lived experience of dissociative identity disorder. We offer courses, workshops, seminars and can provide speakers for your own events. Each Spring and Autumn we run our two one day training courses “Trauma-related Complex Dissociation” Part 1 and Part 2. All our training is available to be commissioned as is, or as a bespoke design to meet your specific needs.
Information Resources are available throughout this website including newsletter archives, articles, short video presentation and resource links including the Mind booklet “Understanding Dissociative Disorders” which was originally written by First Person Plural. Our two learning resource films “A Logical Way of Being” and “No Two Paths The Same” can be purchased.
Enquiries can be made using our contact form, email or post. All will receive a response as quickly as possible. If you prefer a telephone conversation please initially contact us to arrange a mutually convenient time. This service provides information only. We tailor the information given to your individual queries, but this is not an advice, ongoing support or helpline service. We do not provide crisis support or individual advocacy.
Collaboration, consultation and participation
Collaboration, consultation and participation ensures that we are not operating in isolation. We support and influence related organisations’ work offering them our unique perspectives and expertise. We respond to policy-makers’ and others’ consultations when relevant. FPP participates in some broader focused groups, committees etc (e.g. general mental health / childhood abuse related) to ensure that the voice of those who have a complex dissociative disorder is included. We support researchers in the design of their project and will disseminate relevant research participant requests.
Press & Media Work
FPP welcomes contacts from the press and other media. We will discuss appropriate angles, together with content and co-operate with those which we believe will help us meet our charitable objectives.