What is it?
For All is an open and honest space for anyone to discuss their mental health and well being. It is a peer support meeting for people to speak openly. There are many reasons attendees may come to For All, which can include, but are absolutely not limited to: Abandonment, abuse, addiction, alcohol, anger, anxiety, baby loss, being a caregiver, being a victim of a crime, bipolar, body dysmorphia, BPD, breakdown of relationships, bullying, confidence, depression, disability, discrimination, domestic violence, drugs, family breakup, gender, grief, ill health, isolation, money, obsessive thoughts, panic attacks, phobias, poverty, race, religion, self-harm, self-worth, sexuality, sleep, stress, therapy, trauma and work.
Why did it start?
Mental health has been a hot button topic in the past few years, especially since the start of the pandemic. However, access to resources to aid in mental well-being are still often few, far-between, and/or inaccessible for whatever reason. For All was started to provide a free and open space for people to be able to discuss mental health with others, create community and connection, and hopefully from there increased well-being.
What to expect?
The meetings were created to give space for anyone to comfortably discuss their mental health and well-being. Peer support as a model better equips us all to have better conversations about mental health, mental illness and mental well-being. Talking about mental health with people we know can actually feel harder. It can be difficult to listen without any judgement when we know the person, whereas a room full of strangers can feel safe. We listen without judgement to those who speak. At the beginning of each meeting, attendees take it in turns to introduce themselves and why they are attending. We also share our pronouns to create a safe space for all. From then on there is no pressure at all to speak, many people attend our meetings to listen. The host will then ask the group if anyone has anything they would like to bring in to the space. Whatever a person has to say is relevant and they are welcome to bring anything to the meeting. All attendees are asked to respect the privacy of the space and treat others and ourselves with kindness throughout.
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