Doodles For The Meh : A safe space to self-reflect, observe our thoughts and emotions, all while breathing and doodling! | TheMindClan

Doodles For The Meh

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  • Fees Type: Free
  • City: Online Only
  • Facilitated By: Facilitators, Peers
  • Languages: English
  • Meets: Weekly
  • Participant Limit: 20
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  • What Is Doodles For The Meh About?
    This is a special offering by Mithra Trust as a way to engage with mental well-being during times of COVID-19. Facilitated by Adwaita Das, during this session we self-reflect, observe our thoughts and emotions, all while breathing and doodling! What is The Meh Ⓡ? It is an overwhelming feeling of emotions and thoughts - sadness, loneliness, worry, boredom, disconnection and so on. The Meh Ⓡ is a simple way to articulate that you’re not okay :)
  • What is your founding story?
    Bhairavi felt a huge need to offer tools and safe spaces outside of therapy. Through Mithra Trust she began to offer Let’s Discuss The Meh sessions as a space to have conversations around depression. At the start of the pandemic, Adwaita came on board to offer safe spaces for self-expression and self-reflection with Doodles For The Meh and Writing For The Meh. These methods of creative self-expression was born out of Adwaita’s own practice for engaging with their own mental well-being. These therapeutic sessions have been running for a year supporting participants across the country through the pandemic.
  • Who are the facilitators behind Doodles For The Meh ?
    In the Doodles For The Meh Session, the facilitator guides the participants with doodle strokes for each emotion being discussed along with prompts to help them connect with those emotions and thoughts. The session also consists of breathing and light movement of the body to help regulate the nervous system and ground.

    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?
    Doodles For The Meh began in May 2020 as a way to help Indians engage with their overwhelming emotions caused by the pandemic. In this past year it has been incredible to see people from across the country engage with their emotions and thoughts and find the space safe to share what they’re going through with a group of strangers. It has also been really special to see participants returning and not really being strangers anymore:)
  • Who is your support group for?
    Anyone struggling with their mental health and looking for tools to manage their well-being
  • Explain your group's approach towards helping a person's mental health care.
    1. Providing a safe space in itself can be healing
    2. It is about expressing The Meh, learning to let go of perfection and control. It is not about creating perfect art
    3. We engage with mind and body – as we doodle, we focus on our breathing and body movement for grounding and regulating the nervous system
    4. Having access to Doodles for The Meh techniques helps participants self-reflection & self-expression & enables participants to do this in their own time
  • What is your group's approach towards professional mental health care interventions?
    We do not offer therapy, however we have a list of recommended and verified therapists who offer sliding scales for payment
  • How does one sign up? What’s the coordination process like?
    Sign up using our google form! Reach Out
  • Walk us through the average format of your group session.
    Each session is 1hr 15 minutes. We begin with check-ins & introductions. Adwaita introduces us to the first doodle & emotion and guides us through it. We stop to breathe & stretch. Adwaita takes us through the next doodles and emotions. We stop to breathe and stretch/move our body. We end with affirmations.
  • What are your home rules/values?
    On Zoom, no pictures and recording Calling people by their names mentioned and being mindful of their pronouns Trigger warning before sharing.
  • What do you hope for participants in your group to take back with them after a session?
    1. Release of overwhelm
    2. Connect to thoughts and emotions
    3. Letting go of thoughts and emotions
    4. Relaxation
    5. A space to just be

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