Mental Health Peer Support Group, Bi-weekly

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U-Town Shopping Center - 2 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie Chaoyang District
This event is free to attend.

Life is stressful. Life in Beijing seems to amplify that stress sometimes. But there is no reason to suffer alone. Bi-weekly, CandleX hosts a international community based Support Group where people can go and share openly in a confidential setting. It is for anyone who has a mental health condition, is stressed and/or is having a hard time in both personal and professional settings

This is a project provided by CandleX, an NGO in Beijing that focuses on the mental health by awareness raising on depression and bi-polar disorder. This is a continuing effort to provide more support to our Beijing English speaking community.

Key Information

    • Participants: Our support groups are for people with any mental conditions ranging from anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression or people who are dealing with difficult situations in life.
    • Time: 19:30-21:00 every second and forth Tuesday of the month
    • Location: CBD in Chaoyang district (only open to confirmed participants)
    • Language: English
    • Max number: 7 people each session
    • Fee: free, donation based

Content and Approach:

    • During the meeting, the core elements are as follow:
    • Help each other recognize the importance of tending to and promoting our own self-care
    • Share our stories and feelings, and let other help you to give you emotional support when dealing with the difficult emotions alone.
    • The meeting is generally conducted in talking and sharing, but we offer other approaches to make sure that we feel relaxed and comfortable to share. There is one facilitator to lead the workshop, monitor the progress of each session and facilitate group interactions.

Peer Group Principles:

    • We are all peers. There are no professionals in this group. If you are in a crisis please seek professional help instead of coming to group. Members can offer support but they are not professionals and cannot deal with these tenuous situations. No group member should feel responsible for another group member’s safety.
  • Due to the nature of depression as an illness, not everyone can reliably commit to coming to meetings. While having a rough estimate of numbers of people attending a group is helpful and RSVP’ing is required, we understand that this is not always possible for people. But we do encourage each participant to attend the session at least 8 times in a row before drop out.
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