PeerZone “Wellbeing” workshops
PeerZone is a FREE peer-led 6-week series of workshops providing resources and strategies to benefit others experiencing mental health distress. Facilitated by certified PeerZone educators with their own lived-experience, each group uses discussion and activities to explore mental health and find strategies to help manage day to day life. The 6 x workshops are open to all members of the community who may be experiencing mental health issues, or may know someone who is, and would like to learn different ways to understand mental distress and explore ways to improve daily life. Each 6-week block will include the following workshop topics:
Week 1 – Understanding Distress
In group activities we explore ways to name and understand our mental distress. This workshop is about recognising, naming and understanding our distress, while learning different ways to respond to our distresses to improve our health.
Week 2 – Leading Our Recovery
We ask ourselves what recovery means, looking at the process of recovery. This week we explore our own, and each others, experiences of recovery.
Week 3 – Exploring Our Story
We explore our own stories of distress and recovery and participate in an activity – The Hero’s Journey. We use this information to understand how it can be applied to our own journey of recovery.
Week 4 – Dealing With Self-stigma
Brainstorming definitions of discrimination, stigma, and self-stigma, the facilitator shares examples from their own experience providing a platform for participants to examine their self-stigma the vicious cycle self-stigma can have in their lives. Positive ‘circuit breakers’ are then introduced to interrupt the cycle.
Week 5 – Dealing With Crisis
By drawing or writing what crisis means to us we are able to choose and discuss definitions of crisis that match our own interpretations. In crisis prevention, we discuss ways to maintain our wellbeing and how to identify and deal with our personal triggers and early warning signs.
Week 6 – Enhancing Relationships
Our last week explores all the different types of relationships we have with other people, then discusses the difference between weak and strong relationships. Participants work on a ‘relationship inventory’, mapping and discussing their different relationships to determine those that are close/distant and easy/difficult.