The group aims at holding meaningful conversations about concerns that typically play on the minds of young adults such are creating work life harmony, navigating relational stressors, boundary setting, emotion regulation, self-care and a lot more ! Off late, it has been focusing on concerns and challenges the pandemic has brought on.
The group was started based on the observation that a large number of people in this age group were bringing up similar concerns (either in sessions or via social media) and we thought that creating a safe common space would allow everyone to experience a sense of universality or ‘not being alone’. The hope of the group is to learn through each other’s experiences while creating a sense of community and belonging. We also recognize that seeking mental health support can be challenging due to financial concerns and this our attempt of making the same more accessible and approachable!
We believe that vulnerability requires not only requires courage but also safe spaces. When such spaces are made accessible we can create a lot more connection and meaning in our lives. The group aims at using a trauma informed and mindfulness based approach in understanding experiences and coping with them. Meditation practices and breathwork are an integral aspect of the sessions since believe that “with a sense of feeling anchored, the storms can be easy to withstand”
The group is conducted by a mental health care organization that has multiple clinical and counselling psychologists on board to help people on a one-to one basis if necessary. Additionally, the organization has a referral pool of psychiatrists who clients can be referred to if required. Moreover, the group is conducted by a trained mental health professional who can intervene and respond to crises if need arises in session itself.
The group is held for one hour on a weekly basis with a short orientation to the purpose of the group, the therapeutic approach of the facilitator and member introductions. We then open up the discussion for the topic of the week and members are free to share their experiences and insights. Questions if any are explored by the group collectively. The group refrains from giving advice as a whole and sharing of only personal experiences is encouraged. Towards the end a short breath practice of meditation is done to create a sense of grounding !
Respect and inclusivity are the founding values of the group. Additionally, the space is meant to create a safe discussion regarding important topics and to enable the same advice giving between members is kept to a minimal to uphold the uniqueness of one’s own experiences.
A sense of ‘we-ness’, agency and support. The hope is that the members recognize their innate ability to stay resilient in the face of challenges and foster a sense of compassion towards self and others !
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