Two organizations, a mental health organization (EmptyCare) and a poverty alleviation organization (Saday Sadev) came together to address the growing need for support and empowerment for those struggling with mental health issues and poverty.
The leaders and thinkers of both organizations recognized that these two issues were often intertwined, with individuals facing mental health challenges often experiencing poverty and vice versa. They realized that a more holistic approach was needed to address these challenges and support those in need.
The support circle provided a safe and supportive environment for participants to share their stories and connect with others who were facing similar challenges. It also provided access to mental health professionals who offered guidance and support.
We have mental health professionals who are trained to provide counselling, treatment, and rehabilitation. As the facilitators are a qualified Counselling Psychologists, they can offer professional help to any participant. If the concern falls out of the purview of the current facilitators, they can refer the participant to another mental health professional from EmptyCare platform who could be more suitable for them.
EmptyCare has a growing network of psychologists, counsellors, social workers, life coaches, marriage counsellors, etc. Our therapists will offer a safe space to the participant allowing them to speak their truth, counsel and help them reflect. We have Therapists of varied experience, diversity, and specialisation.
EmptyCare is not equipped to handle emergency situations. However, we have reliable references to provide.
One common approach is to have a list of trusted professionals that group members can be referred to in case they need professional help. This list may include therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, or other mental health professionals who are qualified to provide individualized treatment.
In addition, we have trained primary responders or facilitators who are equipped to handle mental health crises or emergencies that may arise during group sessions. These individuals may have specialized training in crisis intervention or suicide prevention, and they may work closely with mental health professionals to ensure that group members receive the appropriate care and support.
Overall, the goal of support groups is to provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to share their experiences and receive peer support, while also connecting them with professional mental health resources when needed.
This is a mutual self-help group, not a therapy group. Hopefully, this group will provide emotional, psychological, and moral support for its members. Each of us is encouraged to participate to whatever extent we feel comfortable. The following ground rules facilitate the development of trust in the group and enable us to share our thoughts and feelings with each other.
Expectations around confidentiality: “what you say in the room, stays in the room”; anything said or noticed in the room will not be repeated or discussed at another time or place
We try to accept people, just as they are, and we avoid making judgments. This support circle is a safe, non-judgmental and meaningful space for women to speak about their concerns
We are here to share our own feelings and experiences; we try not to give advice
The topics for the next week would be shared in the previous session, accordingly you can prepare for it
We try to give everyone an opportunity to share. Each woman will be given the platform to share their concerns
We each share the responsibility for making this group work
Openness and respect: group members are expected to listen to each other without interrupting, take turns speaking, and speak without judgment or giving advice; by the same token, choosing not to speak is also respected
Language: group members are expected to avoid language that would offend
Promptness: meetings will begin and end on time
The group would encourage to show respect and support to all the members
We give supportive attention to the person who is speaking and avoid side conversations. We avoid interrupting. If we do break in, we return the conversation to the person who was speaking
We have the right to ask questions and the right to refuse to answer
We do not discuss group members who are not present
Note: Even though our goal is to support each person, this group may not meet your needs. Before deciding this group is not for you, however, we hope you will attend at least two meetings.
Each individual will have different take aways from the circle. However, our goal is that each individual expresses & feels heard, they stop and feel, and grow and connect with each other.
We promote talking openly and honestly about their experiences in a safe and confidential space and discover more about their sevles.
We encourage sense of empowerment, esteem and control by enhancing and developing healthy coping skills.
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