What we're about

This group is designed to be a safe space for those currently struggling or have struggled with mental health issues in the past, and friends/family members/colleagues/acquaintances of those who struggle or have struggled, irrespective of the type of mental health issue being dealt with or the background/walk of life of those dealing with it, whether directly or in the capacity of those in the sufferer's support network.

This group is also open to those with personality/behavioral disorders such as Autism Spectrum, Attention Deficit, Obsessive-Compulsive, Avoidant Personality, and even those with "stigmatized" character traits like shyness, introversion and the like. This group is also (very much) open to mental health professionals in every field and scope of practice. In fact, as I am not personally a mental health professional, I would highly encourage those who are to join the group and even assist with gatherings, as their schedule allows.

Also welcome are mental health advocates, representatives from government and non-profit mental health awareness and advocacy entities, faith leaders, education and criminal justice professionals, public servants, creative types, and even laypeople who simply have a curiosity and desire to learn more about mental health issues in general.

A big part of the vision for this group is to encourage and facilitate the active involvement of mental health professionals and advocates from a variety of fields. To this end, there is an opportunity for any mental health professional or advocate to become designated as an Event Organizer should they so desire. Event Organizers have the capability to create, add and edit events of their choosing. This of course will not only allow for greater representation, reach and autonomy from the group, but will also eventually work to share and disperse the process of finding and scheduling events so that no one individual ever feels overburdened. It is all in the interest of building a collaborative culture (I do this in my other two Meetup groups as well) that affords all participants increasing numbers of options in terms of events and activities to attend, and which may eventually lead to more people joining the group overall.

This group promotes a respectful, accepting and inclusive environment for every gathering, free of judgment or any inkling of strife or prejudice. We are all here to learn from one another and support each other in our respective journeys toward lasting wellness, sustained by a constant hope bolstered by an ever-increasing ability to cope with life's difficulties and challenges effectively. Please note that I am not a mental health professional and this is not a professionally-facilitated group therapy setting. Nor is this an official peer-to-peer support network. If you are seeking professional care for a possible mental health-related condition in yourself or someone you know, please go through the proper health care channels in order to get the help you need. I will be more than happy to refer you to any number of mental health organizations that can set you in the right direction.

We will organize a mixture of informal gatherings, activities in the arts, advocacy walks, and workshops and events related to mental health awareness and recovery. Of course, members are highly-encouraged to share their own interests with the group, and especially how those interests have served them in their recovery or in the recovery of someone they know. Hopefully this sharing will lead to even more ideas for meetup events.

Hope to meet everyone soon! Be well.

Upcoming events (5)

Mental Health Conversations Virtual Social Hour

Online event

Let's gather for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging conversation, education and mutual support as advocates, as fellow survivors/supporters/thrivers, and as friends. There is a great deal to process and make sense of these days and I can't wait to meet you and hear your story. I am sure we all stand to be greatly edified by it. This is an ongoing open space for those dealing with mental health issues themselves, those who have loved ones dealing with them, practitioners/advocates, those who want to learn more or impart their understanding about mental health in general or specific conditions, and everyone in between. This gathering will be held on the ZOOM platform. Visit your preferred app store to download the application, or access it via the main website. Once you RSVP here, the link to join the meeting will be made available here. As explained in the About section, this is not a formal support group and I am not a mental health professional, just a regular guy who wants to keep a space of unconditional support and dialogue open so that no one ever feels alone or out of place, especially those who may be new to the city and presently lack connection. There is no requirement here for any kind of commitment; you are free to come to any gathering you please as often you see fit. There will alwys be a seat for you here. Marcel GROUP GUIDELINES In order to help make these gatherings a positive, supportive and edifying experience for all of us, I have made a list of guidelines that everyone is obligated to adhere to as a condition of participating in our meetups, online or in person. Let me know if you have any questions/suggestions. Be Kind and Courteous: We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required. Respect Everyone's Privacy: Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What's shared in the group should stay in the group. Absolutely No Hate Speech or Bullying: Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated. No Promotions or Spam: Please give more than you take to this group. While promotion of your mental health services or local mental health organizational affiliation is allowed, spam and irrelevant links/information are not. If You are Going Through a Tough Time: Members are welcome to express how they feel and inquire about local mental health services. We as peers are here to support you and provide a safe outlet for your thoughts. We strongly recommend that members in acute mental distress to seek immediate professional assistance. The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD provides assistance 24 hours a day/7 days a week at[masked]. Be Respectful of Diversity: This group has people from many different walks of life, backgrounds, life experiences and social groups, encompassing a wide range of perspectives and belief systems. Please be respectful of differing opinions. All roads lead to Rome, and we're all here to help each other get there in peace. Tactfulness: While members are allowed and encouraged to be open and frank, we will remove any members who use offensive, slanderous, harrassing, threatening, or abusive/untoward language toward another member or the group. Give Space: Please allow each member to fully develop and express their thoughts before forming your own response/input. Also, please strive for conciseness when sharing, as we have a limited time frame and want to make sure everyone gets an adequate chance to share their thoughts. No crosstalk. Questions, offering relevant personal experience, and words of support are welcome as peers, but we are not here to diagnose or treat anyone.

Mental Health Conversations Virtual Social Hour

Online event

Let's gather for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging conversation, education and mutual support as advocates, as fellow survivors/supporters/thrivers, and as friends. There is a great deal to process and make sense of these days and I can't wait to meet you and hear your story. I am sure we all stand to be greatly edified by it. This is an ongoing open space for those dealing with mental health issues themselves, those who have loved ones dealing with them, practitioners/advocates, those who want to learn more or impart their understanding about mental health in general or specific conditions, and everyone in between. This gathering will be held on the ZOOM platform. Visit your preferred app store to download the application, or access it via the main website. Once you RSVP here, the link to join the meeting will be made available here. As explained in the About section, this is not a formal support group and I am not a mental health professional, just a regular guy who wants to keep a space of unconditional support and dialogue open so that no one ever feels alone or out of place, especially those who may be new to the city and presently lack connection. There is no requirement here for any kind of commitment; you are free to come to any gathering you please as often you see fit. There will alwys be a seat for you here. Marcel GROUP GUIDELINES In order to help make these gatherings a positive, supportive and edifying experience for all of us, I have made a list of guidelines that everyone is obligated to adhere to as a condition of participating in our meetups, online or in person. Let me know if you have any questions/suggestions. Be Kind and Courteous: We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required. Respect Everyone's Privacy: Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What's shared in the group should stay in the group. Absolutely No Hate Speech or Bullying: Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated. No Promotions or Spam: Please give more than you take to this group. While promotion of your mental health services or local mental health organizational affiliation is allowed, spam and irrelevant links/information are not. If You are Going Through a Tough Time: Members are welcome to express how they feel and inquire about local mental health services. We as peers are here to support you and provide a safe outlet for your thoughts. We strongly recommend that members in acute mental distress to seek immediate professional assistance. The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD provides assistance 24 hours a day/7 days a week at[masked]. Be Respectful of Diversity: This group has people from many different walks of life, backgrounds, life experiences and social groups, encompassing a wide range of perspectives and belief systems. Please be respectful of differing opinions. All roads lead to Rome, and we're all here to help each other get there in peace. Tactfulness: While members are allowed and encouraged to be open and frank, we will remove any members who use offensive, slanderous, harrassing, threatening, or abusive/untoward language toward another member or the group. Give Space: Please allow each member to fully develop and express their thoughts before forming your own response/input. Also, please strive for conciseness when sharing, as we have a limited time frame and want to make sure everyone gets an adequate chance to share their thoughts. No crosstalk. Questions, offering relevant personal experience, and words of support are welcome as peers, but we are not here to diagnose or treat anyone.

Mental Health Conversations Virtual Social Hour

Online event

Let's gather for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging conversation, education and mutual support as advocates, as fellow survivors/supporters/thrivers, and as friends. There is a great deal to process and make sense of these days and I can't wait to meet you and hear your story. I am sure we all stand to be greatly edified by it. This is an ongoing open space for those dealing with mental health issues themselves, those who have loved ones dealing with them, practitioners/advocates, those who want to learn more or impart their understanding about mental health in general or specific conditions, and everyone in between. This gathering will be held on the ZOOM platform. Visit your preferred app store to download the application, or access it via the main website. Once you RSVP here, the link to join the meeting will be made available here. As explained in the About section, this is not a formal support group and I am not a mental health professional, just a regular guy who wants to keep a space of unconditional support and dialogue open so that no one ever feels alone or out of place, especially those who may be new to the city and presently lack connection. There is no requirement here for any kind of commitment; you are free to come to any gathering you please as often you see fit. There will alwys be a seat for you here. Marcel GROUP GUIDELINES In order to help make these gatherings a positive, supportive and edifying experience for all of us, I have made a list of guidelines that everyone is obligated to adhere to as a condition of participating in our meetups, online or in person. Let me know if you have any questions/suggestions. Be Kind and Courteous: We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required. Respect Everyone's Privacy: Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What's shared in the group should stay in the group. Absolutely No Hate Speech or Bullying: Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated. No Promotions or Spam: Please give more than you take to this group. While promotion of your mental health services or local mental health organizational affiliation is allowed, spam and irrelevant links/information are not. If You are Going Through a Tough Time: Members are welcome to express how they feel and inquire about local mental health services. We as peers are here to support you and provide a safe outlet for your thoughts. We strongly recommend that members in acute mental distress to seek immediate professional assistance. The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD provides assistance 24 hours a day/7 days a week at[masked]. Be Respectful of Diversity: This group has people from many different walks of life, backgrounds, life experiences and social groups, encompassing a wide range of perspectives and belief systems. Please be respectful of differing opinions. All roads lead to Rome, and we're all here to help each other get there in peace. Tactfulness: While members are allowed and encouraged to be open and frank, we will remove any members who use offensive, slanderous, harrassing, threatening, or abusive/untoward language toward another member or the group. Give Space: Please allow each member to fully develop and express their thoughts before forming your own response/input. Also, please strive for conciseness when sharing, as we have a limited time frame and want to make sure everyone gets an adequate chance to share their thoughts. No crosstalk. Questions, offering relevant personal experience, and words of support are welcome as peers, but we are not here to diagnose or treat anyone.

Mental Health Conversations Virtual Social Hour

Online event

Let's gather for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging conversation, education and mutual support as advocates, as fellow survivors/supporters/thrivers, and as friends. There is a great deal to process and make sense of these days and I can't wait to meet you and hear your story. I am sure we all stand to be greatly edified by it. This is an ongoing open space for those dealing with mental health issues themselves, those who have loved ones dealing with them, practitioners/advocates, those who want to learn more or impart their understanding about mental health in general or specific conditions, and everyone in between. This gathering will be held on the ZOOM platform. Visit your preferred app store to download the application, or access it via the main website. Once you RSVP here, the link to join the meeting will be made available here. As explained in the About section, this is not a formal support group and I am not a mental health professional, just a regular guy who wants to keep a space of unconditional support and dialogue open so that no one ever feels alone or out of place, especially those who may be new to the city and presently lack connection. There is no requirement here for any kind of commitment; you are free to come to any gathering you please as often you see fit. There will alwys be a seat for you here. Marcel GROUP GUIDELINES In order to help make these gatherings a positive, supportive and edifying experience for all of us, I have made a list of guidelines that everyone is obligated to adhere to as a condition of participating in our meetups, online or in person. Let me know if you have any questions/suggestions. Be Kind and Courteous: We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required. Respect Everyone's Privacy: Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What's shared in the group should stay in the group. Absolutely No Hate Speech or Bullying: Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated. No Promotions or Spam: Please give more than you take to this group. While promotion of your mental health services or local mental health organizational affiliation is allowed, spam and irrelevant links/information are not. If You are Going Through a Tough Time: Members are welcome to express how they feel and inquire about local mental health services. We as peers are here to support you and provide a safe outlet for your thoughts. We strongly recommend that members in acute mental distress to seek immediate professional assistance. The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD provides assistance 24 hours a day/7 days a week at[masked]. Be Respectful of Diversity: This group has people from many different walks of life, backgrounds, life experiences and social groups, encompassing a wide range of perspectives and belief systems. Please be respectful of differing opinions. All roads lead to Rome, and we're all here to help each other get there in peace. Tactfulness: While members are allowed and encouraged to be open and frank, we will remove any members who use offensive, slanderous, harrassing, threatening, or abusive/untoward language toward another member or the group. Give Space: Please allow each member to fully develop and express their thoughts before forming your own response/input. Also, please strive for conciseness when sharing, as we have a limited time frame and want to make sure everyone gets an adequate chance to share their thoughts. No crosstalk. Questions, offering relevant personal experience, and words of support are welcome as peers, but we are not here to diagnose or treat anyone.

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