The Coping Kete

Using The Coping Kete

The Coping Kete is place to learn new coping strategies that you can draw on to get through a moment.

Each strategy is set out for you to experiment with for at least a week before you use it as a way of coping with distress. This will allow you to get familiar with the strategy while calm so you are prepared enough to put it into practice when distressed.

By noting down and keeping the strategies you find most helpful, you will slowly build your own Personal Coping Kete to refer to during times of stress and distress.

The weekly strategies in The Coping Kete are not meant to replace any other positive things you are doing, but can be added to the mix so you don’t have to rely on a narrow range of strategies for everything.

You can use the comments feature to talk about your difficulties with turning new things into habits and help each other to adapt the strategies to suit them.

No strategy is the best strategy all of the time, the key is to have a multitude of familiar techniques so that we eventually have a way to cope, no matter what situation we find ourselves in.

Over time, you will build up your own kete and if ever you are having difficulty thinking how to cope with something, you can pick something out of your kete and give it a try.

The strategies you find here will be a mixture of strategies that past Engage Group members have found useful and strategies that the research shows are effective methods for improving moods, changing thoughts or getting through the moment.

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The Coping Kete was created by Engage Resources Ltd for Community Mental Health Resources Trust and the Engage Aotearoa website. The Coping Kete remains the intellectual property of Engage Resources Ltd. Strategies are updated regularly by the resource designer, Miriam Larsen-Barr. Larsen-Barr holds a Masters of Arts with First Class Honours in Psychology and has personal experience of recovery from mental-health problems. The Coping Kete began its life as a tool for her personal journey. Years later, the approach found an extended life in the Engage Group anxiety education and support programme. Over the years literally hundreds of strategies were gathered together. The strategies shared in The Coping Kete are written in Larsen-Barr’s own words, but they have come from the lives of real people, who themselves gathered them from a diverse range of often unknown places.