RE:CREATE Psychiatry Monthly Meetup

Throughout the Coronavirus crisis we’re hosting our Monthly Meetup group, which usually takes place at our sister project The Dragon Cafe in south London, online via Zoom – a video conferencing app you can download for free here.

These Monthly Meetups are a space to connect, share experiences of the mental health system and co-produce creative projects for change. They are open to people from across the UK who use mental health services, work in mental health services, or both. Whatever your background, there’s a space for your story.

If you’d like to join our next group, please see our latest news for dates, times and booking links. Once registered you’ll receive an email from Eve, the group’s facilitator, with an access link and instructions for joining.

To keep our online spaces feeling safe and friendly for all, we kindly ask members to observe our community guidelines.

RE:CREATE Psychiatry Online Community Guidelines:

Respect and kindness:

Every group member deserves to be treated with respect and kindness. We ask that group members speak one at a time, listen to what’s shared and welcome a diversity of views, experiences and ideas.

Confidentiality:

Please help us to ensure the group is a confidential space by finding a quiet place in your home to Zoom, and/or by wearing headphones. Please do not share any personal details relating to a group member/s outside of the group.

Equality:

It’s important to remain mindful that some group members have more power, and some have less. Our work aims to narrow divides, and to make space for people to connect as humans. We encourage group members to share from direct experience, regardless of role, and to reflect rather than teach. We’re all experts.

Looking after yourself and others:

Your safety and wellbeing is our priority at all times. It’s OK to take a break from the conversation or to leave early if you need to, and we ask that participants avoid sharing details that might be distressing to others, e.g. graphic details about abuse, self-harm or suicide attempts or methods. If you’re in doubt about what would be OK to share, please check this out with the facilitator and other participants. And if something happens during the Meetup that concerns or distresses you, we encourage you to raise this within the group and/or afterwards with Eve.

Further support:

While there is a peer supportive element to all of our work, our online spaces differ from peer support groups. If you feel you’d benefit from attending a peer support group, or from therapeutic support, our facilitator can help you to find services in your area.

About the facilitator:

RE:CREATE Psychiatry’s Monthly Meetups are hosted by Eve Loren, our Programme Manager. Eve is an artist, creative facilitator and producer experienced in managing mental health services for children, young people and adults. She is passionate about creating space for dialogue in mental health, and promoting relational and systemic change. You can get in touch with her on eve@mentalfightclub.com.

We extend thanks to the Tudor Trust for funding these Monthly Meetups throughout 2019 and 2020.