Type: Support Group, Sharing Space :

Peer Space (Everyday Concerns Support Group)

Support Group for young adults and college students from any background looking for a sense of community and understanding.

Only For Young Adults (Under Age of 25)
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  • Fees Type: Free
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
  • City: Online Only
  • Facilitated By: Peers
  • Languages: English
  • Address: Zoom
  • Meets: Occasionally
  • Participant Limit: 8
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  • What Is Peer Space (Everyday Concerns Support Group) About?

    Peer Space is a support group offered by the Tapestry Project designed for young adults to dive head first into self-exploration and reflection in a constructive environment.

    Rooted in a firm belief in the idea of “Mutual Healing” - the Peer Space community unites around an ever changing theme of the week, that draws directly from the lived experiences of young adults across India; be it college, self-image, or individual values!

    Moderated and Facilitated by Peer Leaders, group is a safe environment for young adults to share and speak about their experiences in life.

    Tapestry Project is devoted to creating an inclusive, safe, and accessible environment for all

  • What is your founding story?
    The brainchild of two friends with a shared passion for mental health awareness, Peer Space was founded as a simple support group for college students. We understood that between being a young adult adjusting to the world, exams, and navigating life as a whole, there were no spaces for people like us to unite and find community. So Peer Space was born!
  • Who are the facilitators behind Peer Space (Everyday Concerns Support Group)?

    Adithya Krishnamoorthy (he/him): Adithya is a homesteader, pet parent, and mental health advocate. Driven by a passion for transformation, Adithya hopes to channel his lived experiences to form a community of people that believe in mutual healing.

    Swetha Rajkumar (she/her): Swetha is psychologist-in-training, avid reader, and self-exploration aficionado! Her passion for helping others has followed her from playschool to college, and now, to Tapestry, where she believes in turning words into action.

    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?
    Peer Space was founded in April 2023 as a simple support group for college students. Since then, we have expanded rapidly to members up and down India, and has since evolved into a group for anyone aged 18 - 25. It’s been an eventful journey full of ups and downs (and exam seasons) - but we’re excited for the future!
  • Who is your support group for?
    Support Group for young adults from any background looking for a sense of community and understanding. Peer Space is for those that want to take the first steps towards growth and change in a safe and non-judgmental environment! We have members from across India participate in groups and we always welcome fresh ideas and perspectives.
  • Explain your group's approach towards helping a person's mental health care.

    Peer Space sessions are split into 3 parts: A Mindfulness Exercise, Theme Processing, and an Activity.

    Mindfulness allows us to start every group on solid ground, attempting to bring members to baseline to facilitate introspective conversation.

    Theme Processing is the bulk of group! All the talking goes here. Processing time is further split into two - one before the activity where we introduce the theme of the week, and one after the activity where we reflect on our notions and creations.

    Our Activities are small creativity driven exercises that help us absorb the ideas shared in group, and explore their understanding of the topic at hand.

  • What is your group's approach towards professional mental health care interventions?
    We designed our “grounding guide” to act as a first line of defense against crisis. Members who feel overwhelmed are welcome, and encouraged, to access the techniques and exercises outlined in the guide to self-soothe. In the case of emergency, we have the contacts of mental health professionals who are equipped to better ease you through a state of heightened distress.
  • What conversations is your support group not equipped to support?
    We are students first and foremost, while that doesn’t absolve us of the responsibility to aid our community, there are things out of our scope! Peer Space is devoted to creating safe environment for all, this means that certain triggering topics must be avoided. We ask you not to bring conversations about self-harm, suicidality, eating disorders, and sexual assault, for the safety of yourselves and fellow members.
  • How does one sign up? What’s the coordination process like?

    Since we are free of cost, signing up is a simple 3 step process:

    1. Refer to our Instagram for announcements of our latest group and its theme
    2. Visit the website and go to the Peer Space tab, click register now and fill the Google Form
    3. Look out for a confirmation email with details on group! Hope to see you there :)
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  • Walk us through the average format of your group session.
    We begin each group with a round of icebreakers, which then leads into check in. During check ins we share how our weeks went, and identify our moods and attitudes. We then share a couple disclaimers about group, and then dive right into the Mindfulness. The mindfulness runs for no more than 10 minutes, and serves to prepare us for the sharing ahead. Theme Processing 1 is to introduce the theme and gain some collective understanding about what it is we’ll be discussing and how it may manifest in our lives. Then, it’s time for a break from all the talking for an activity. Borrowing techniques from a variety of sources, our activities are creative exercises that urge us to examine and share new ideas and feelings. Theme Processing 2 is an opportunity to reflect on our work in group and take a closer look at certain facets that may have gone underacknowledged. We end group with a check out to make sure that everyone is feeling okay!
  • What are your home rules/values?
    1. Civility:
      Treat others with respect. This is not a debate, its is a community

    2. Punctuality: Nothing better than starting on time! We have a 10 minute grace period for members to join group - this allows for maximum accessibility

    3. Accessibility: Mental Health for All. If you have any factors preventing your participation in group, let us know - we’re happy to make accommodations. (Ex: You may like to turn off your camera if you can’t hold a device for a long period of time)

    4. Inclusivity: Everyone in group is here for the same reason. Hate speech of any kind is grounds for removal from group

    5. Cameras On: Cameras must stay on during group unless specifically requested ahead of time. This allows for members to get to know each other and participate more actively!

    6. Participation: You get what you give, the more you say in group, the more you engage with fellow members - the more you stand to gain from group!

    7. Boundaries and Intervention: Keep in mind this is not a clinical setting, nor does it aim to be. Group runs at the discretion of its members - share what you want, when you want to share it. Personal comfort is paramount to us, if you feel overwhelmed or hurt - actions will be taken to remedy.

    8. No Hate Policy: Peer Moderators have the final say over who can stay in group. Any actions that violate our NHP will result in removal from group and/or barring from further participation in groups

  • What do you hope for participants in your group to take back with them after a session?

    We hope that you leave group with a sense of understanding about yourself. Each theme of the week represents a facet of the experiences unique to young adults, and so we at Peer Space want to demystify the process of self-improvement and self-exploration.

    We aim to start our members’ journeys towards progress for themselves and for the people around them by leaving group feeling seen, heard, and recognized.

    We strive to create the sense of community that people our age need by inviting members to get to know each other and making connections!

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