Common Mental Health Concerns: A supportive, non-judgemental, and safe space for people experiencing common mental health concerns | TheMindClan

Common Mental Health Concerns

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  • Fees Type: Paid
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Facilitated By: Mental Health Professionals
  • Languages: English
  • Meets: Every 15 days.
  • Participant Limit: 15
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  • What Is Common Mental Health Concerns About?
    • To create a supportive, non-judgemental and safe space for people experiencing common mental health concerns
    • To deepen the understanding of one’s own experience and shared experiences of people living with common mental health concerns
    • To build skills and perspectives to cope with and manage the common mental health concerns
  • What is your founding story?
    The alternative story was founded by Paras Sharma and Rashi Vidyasagar. Our founders believe that mental health care is a right and should be accessible to all. We, at the alternative story, recognise the need for accessible, affordable and high quality mental health care. We created the organisation in an attempt to create an alternative discourse for mental health care in India and to bring together and train therapists to provide these services.
  • Who are the facilitators behind Common Mental Health Concerns?

    Apoorva has a Master’s in Counselling psychology from Sampurna Institute of Advanced Studies. She is passionate about books, music, art and traveling. She loves dogs and cats and while her dog (Mynu) reciprocates this, she hopes her cat (Pucchima) feels the same way about her.

    An ardent follower of Peter Levine and Brussel van der kolk, she is especially interested in working with trauma survivors, and those with grief and loss. She mainly employs an eclectic approach to counselling with special inclinations to post-modern approaches and Acceptance and Commitment based Therapy.

    She is fluent in English, Kannada, Tulu and Hindi.

    Notes: The above information may change from time to time, and is shared with you to understand the background of where the support group comes from.
  • When was your support group founded? How has the journey been since then?
    We started the support group in September 2020. It has been a very enriching journey with common mental health concerns group. Over the span of 10 months the space has grown to be very nurturing,safe and one that makes people feel like they can count on for support.
  • Who is your support group for?

    The group is for:

    • people who live with a common mental health concern
    • people of any gender
    • people in the age group of 18- 40 years
  • Explain your group's approach towards helping a person's mental health care.
    We hope that the group increases a sense of belonging and connection for participants. People living with common mental health concerns often experience increased isolation because of the stigma of misinformation about mental health. We hope to speak about shared experiences and build support in the process.
  • What is your group's approach towards professional mental health care interventions?
    The group is facilitated by mental health professionals and hence if there is any immediate distress in the group or for an individual in the group, it can be immediately addressed. We have a team of therapists providing individual therapy and have a referral list. In case a group participant wants or needs to seek therapy we have a referral process in place.
  • What conversations is your support group not equipped to support?
    We might not be able to support in depth individual conversations, as the group process makes space for both sharing experiences and listening to others' experiences.
  • How does one sign up? What’s the coordination process like?
    One must fill the registration form to sign up for the support group. The registration form is available on our website and social media. You can also write us an email to get the registration form Reach Out
  • Walk us through the average format of your group session.
    The session begins with checking in with how each member is feeling right now. Some sessions have pre decided themes (for example: relationships, boundaries, medication, of topics related to coping like mindfulness or art). Whereas some sessions are free flowing and flexible for participants to mention whatever they want to discuss in the group
  • What are your home rules/values?

    Some home rules would be:

    • participants speaking one at a time
    • respectfully listening to each other
    • speaking when and if you feel comfortable
  • What do you hope for participants in your group to take back with them after a session?
    We hope for participants to take back a feeling of belongingness and some perspectives of insights that can help in coping with their mental health concerns

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