Take a deep breath and get ready to get started.
In order for the group to function effectively, it is essential to establish a safe environment where expectations are understood and honored by the members.
Maintaining confidentiality within the group is crucial. What is shared in the group should remain strictly within the group. Feeling psychologically safe within this setting is fundamental for a successful group experience, and all members and facilitators share the responsibility of upholding this confidentiality. While you are free to disclose your group membership to others, please refrain from discussing specific details about fellow members outside the group to preserve their privacy.
Space of mind is your place to connect over difficult experiences. Please enter sessions with empathy. Avoid giving advice. Please leave your politics at the door and show up as a fellow human being. You can disagree with each other on opinions but be respectful about it. Use welcoming and inclusive language.
Please be cautious in the wording you choose:
The potential for healing and growth rests on how much group members are able to connect, share, and learn from one another. It is important for all group members to authentically participate for the group to be effective.
The safety and well-being of all group members are paramount. If you are struggling with thoughts of self-harm, suicide, or harming others, please reach out to suicide and crisis lifeline at 988. The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.