We aim to create a network of Peer ‘safe space’ support groups for people who view their mental health crisis as a transformation process; will you help us achieve our goal?
“I’ve been longing for two things; to be part of a support group with others going through the spiritual emergence process, and to have more opportunities to support other people.” Peer participant
The Missing Kind, a registered UK charity www.missingkind.org is working with Katie Mottram, who previously worked in the mental health field and recently launched an awareness-raising campaign called #Emerging Proud. This new Emerging Kind project will be providing training to volunteers who have come through similar experiences and who now want to ‘give back’ and help others. These volunteers will become peer group facilitators and the project will then enable the creation of ‘safe space’ group meetings around the UK, which the peer facilitators will be supported to organise.
Katie explains “Going through a personal crisis often makes us want to make the world a better place; we literally ’emerge more kind’ through the darkness… The Emerging Kind is an exciting new project based on the outcomes from the Emerging Proud international launch events to ‘re-frame madness’, which took place on the 12th May 2017. The Emerging Proud campaign was set up to unite and give a voice to people who often feel alienated and marginalized, and are sometimes even pathologised, due to feeling that their experiences are not recognised or validated within our Western cultural framework. In October 2016 the grassroots social campaign was initiated, encouraging people to ‘Emerge Proud’ – to share their personal stories of difficult spiritual transformation, and subsequent passion for creating a more open-minded paradigm; a world based on acceptance, compassion, re-connection and celebration of the unique gifts everyone has to offer.”
The Emerging Kind project aims to grow a global network of peers, to create safe space local groups, and to create a safer society in which people can more openly talk about extreme human transformation experiences, be validated, supported and empowered to bring their authentic Selves into the world, consequently transforming the world itself through conscious kindness.
The Missing Kind has already seed-funded the project start-up, through the profits of their network Missing Sock hospitality businesses in Cambridge and Paignton, UK, and we have 10 peers undergoing training in preparation for the first peer support groups to be set up in early 2018. However, we are looking for additional funding to continue the growth of this global movement; so that we can train more peers, set up more peer support groups, and help more people across the UK and hopefully the world!
The more funds we raise the more Peers will be trained to hold safe space support groups, growing the Emerging Kind network and helping to relieve distress; your donation could make a profound difference in an experiencer’s life; it could even help to save a life…