As a facilitator I’ve had depression myself and wanted a space to share. Also wanted to see how people engage with The Meh Kit Riding Out Depression. We use tools from our kit to facilitate discussion.
2. Listening to others share can increase a sense of belonging and makes you feel like you’re not the only one going through something
3. Having access to engaging tools and using them right there, provides people with the strength that they can deal with it on their own
4. The weightlessness felt after sharing is something that is so special. We do not force a person to share, most of the time they come into the session saying I don’t think I’ll share too much and as early as 15 mins in they’re being totally honest and vulnerable. This is our approach. To provide people with the space and tools to just be together in the most kind, non-judgemental and compassionate way.
2hr30 mins. Starts off with a check in. For COVID now I provide a framework that helps people understand where they’re at with their emotional well-being, so they do that exercise and reflect on where they are at and share. Then some quotes/illustrations that act as diving points for sharing. Based on the themes arising on the sharing I pose a question to the group. About 1hr30 mins in there is a 5 min bio break. Then come back with quotes/illustrations again or themes. Also have tools from The Meh Kit that they engage with. So for instance, if someone says they have difficulty with self-talk, show the meh kit tool and ask them to do that exercise and share it. It is quote organic within this format.
On Zoom, no pictures and videos. If they want to go off camera for something they can. We don’t cut people off. We don’t speak down to people or talk at them, when sharing what helped us, we share it as a story not as a prescription. Basic agreement on being non-judgemental (even if we do not agree with or believe in what the person is sharing), calling people by their first names (avoiding pronouns) and then I ask the group what they would like to add.