Let’s Face Its philosophy on Self-Help
leading towards Rehabilitation.
Only people who suffer from a facial
difference, their carers and allied health
professionals, run Let’s Face It.
Some twenty-five years ago, Hurvitz
(1970,1974) claimed that self -help groups were more
effective and efficient than any other form of helping.
“It is likely that more people have been and are being
helped by self-help groups than have
been and are being helped by all types of professionally
trained psychotherapists combined with far less
theorising and analysing and for much less money.”
Let’s Face It has been in existence
since January 1984. The founder of the Network,
Christine Piff’s book telling of her experience of
facial cancer was published in 1985. Subsequently, the
Network reached out to countries worldwide and Let’s
Face It has become an International Network linking
patients and professionals together for self-help,
information and mutual support.
* A focus on the group and the
individual with the aim of getting back into the
* Being helped by helping others.
* A non-competitive, co-operative
* Encouraging an ability to use one’s
own power to take control over one’s own life
* A strong optimism in the ability to
accept a ‘changed’ face.
* A belief that small steps are
important. Do what you can do, one day at a time, you
can’t solve everything approach.
* An emphasis on experience - people
who have the problem know a lot more from experiencing
* Simplicity and informality -
everyone being heard and listened to.
* The centrality of helping - knowing
how to receive help, give help, and help yourself.
Now more and more professionals are
taking self-help groups seriously. Given the
inexhaustibility of human need, there is a place for
professionals, for the self-help movement, and
partnership between the two.
* Offers one to one support and
befriending. Telephone communication and letter writing.
Group Therapy in a relaxed, friendly and safe
* Networks people together who suffer
from a similar problem.
* Offer support to families and
* Offer home/hospital visits and
* Provides literature, information,
and resources for recovery.
* Distributes a Newsletter three times
* Provides leaflets and posters
advertising the Network.
* Distributes information to allied
* Lectures to health professionals and
* Holds Workshops for patients and
* Holds regional meetings in hospitals
throughout the country.
* Offer help with eating problems,
provides recipes, advice on cosmetic camouflage,
information. We have a publication
list including “Me & My Face” “Children’s Faces” an
of “Me and My Face” read by our
patron, Victoria Wood.
* Has social gatherings. An annual
Luncheon, Garden Party, AGM.
* Works with and refers people to
other appropriate organisations involved in head/neck
WHAT WE DO NOT DO
* Act as a sounding board for people’s
* Step into the field of the
* Think we know best.
* Push reluctant patients into any
form of commitment.
* See L.F.I. as a commodity to be
bought and sold.
* We do not charge a fee.
Hurvitz, N. (1974). Similarities and
differences between conventional psychotherapy and peer
self-help groups. The sociology of
psychotherapy. New York: Aronson
Piff , C. (1985) Living with facial
cancer. Let’s Face It. London: Gollancz