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Grief Peer Meet (Grief Support Group)

Type   Grief Support Group
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  • Fees Type: Free
  • City: Mumbai
  • Facilitated By: An Individual/Facilitator, Peers
  • Medium:
    • 📌 Offline
  • Languages: English, and Hindi (English might be the primary language for this group)
  • Address: 51, Pali Village, Bandra West, Mumbai
  • Meets: Every Sunday at 4pm
  • Participant Limit: 15
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  • What Is Grief Peer Meet (Grief Support Group) About?

    The idea is to provide a shared space for people to talk about their experiences, emotions, challenges and stories. It is not a place for providing or seeking therapy. It is a place where people know they are not alone and can reach out to their peers for support, as they navigate grief and loss.

    Grief here does not simply refer to the loss of a loved one by death, but also includes loss through a breakup, a divorce, a separation, a job loss, among others.

  • What is your founding story?
    The idea behind the group was to provide a safe space for people who have undergone loss. We realized that there aren’t any support groups which talk specifically about grief, which was surprising. Grief is a deeply complex emotion, with many underlying layers. It can also feel devastatingly lonely, and hence, we felt that a peer support might be an avenue for people to be able to share their grief, or simply find a space where others can talk about their grief, and not be judged or pitied.
  • Who are the facilitators behind Grief Peer Meet (Grief Support Group)?
    The facilitator, Shimon Chadha, has completed her Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and works as a Human Resources Manager at Agatsu Foundation since the past one year. She also manages the logistics and administration of the Community Centre at Agatsu. She is trying to navigate the complex emotions of loss and grief, and wishes to provide a safe space for other people to do the same.

    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.
  • Who is your support group for?
    Support group for people who have experienced some kind of loss, not just death of a loved one, but also loss of a job, a relationship, a marriage.
  • Explain your group's approach towards helping a person's mental health care.

    We understand how heavy and overwhelming grief can feel, with emotional as well as physical symptoms, which can last for very long for some people.

    This support group is meant to allow people to express their feelings as well as share how they are navigating through the same (or struggling to).

  • What is your group's approach towards professional mental health care interventions?

    We have a clinic with in-house therapists on a sliding scale of Rs.750 to Rs.50 depending on what the patient can afford. We practice Healthy Activity Program as an intervention for depression, as well as psychodynamic therapy. We also have a list of referrals. Our employees are also suicide prevention gatekeepers.

    You can find details of the same on the Agatsu website.

  • What conversations is your support group not equipped to support?
    Conversations around severe mental health disorders, harm to others, violence are conversations we aren’t equipped to support. We do not have the resources to help people with mental health disorders within our organisation. However, for that reason we have created a list of vetted psychologists and organisations that work in that field.
  • How does one sign up? What’s the coordination process like?
    Any interested members can register through our website. They have to provide us with certain details like name, age and area. They also have to acknowledge the terms and conditions of the peer support post which a member of our staff calls them to explain the general protocols of the peer support. Reach Out
  • Walk us through the average format of your group session.
    We start the session on time. The session is started with the general rules and protocols of the peer support, followed by an introduction of the facilitator. Participants can choose to disclose their name if they wish to, or they can choose to remain anonymous. We then get started into the topic of the meet. We ask starter questions or prompts that may help members contribute to the conversation. The session lasts for one hour.
  • What are your home rules/values?
    The organisation has a certain code of conduct which all participants must follow. Any conversations that preach or put down any particular religion or political party is strictly not allowed. We also make sure that members or aware that the peer support is not a replacement for therapy, but rather a space to share, talk and listen. The peer support is confidential and any personal details that anyone shares will not be disclosed outside of the meet.
  • What do you hope for participants in your group to take back with them after a session?
    We hope the participants find a safe space where they can talk about their grief without any fear of judgement. We hope they take back a feeling of support. Their grief will not disappear, and it may not get lighter either, but they might feel comforted and supported and have a space where they can express their feelings.

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