We hope this ‘road map’ is useful for experiencers, as a way of framing and universalising our experiences. But also for those around us, highlighting that the way they see the journey - their worldview - can impact on how the journey unfolds, and on whether its transformative potential is able to manifest.
For example, if we get the right kind of support we may be able to step back from the threshold, rather than plunging into extreme times, or complete our journeys with a more gentle expanded worldview. The direction our journey takes is not inevitable.
All journeys start here in Everyday Life. The reasons why we embark on the journey may come in many forms. Loss, of a loved one, of our health, job or faith, the breakdown of a relationship; stress and burnout; moving through key life stages; intense spiritual practice; and all the stresses, traumas and power imbalances that impact on our lives.
Our sense of readiness for inner change/transformation, whether consciously or unconsciously held, is also seen as important.
The development of the Safely Held Spaces project is a collaborative journey. So over the next few months we propose to:
Run more workshops exploring the five stage journey with experiencers, their families and friends, and those working in mental health services
Connect up with more people and organisations thinking about, or already working to provide safely held spaces, to explore how we can work together, what the gaps are, and where further research might be needed
Continue to engage with the wider movement towards a more compassionate, experiencer-centred approach to mental and emotional distress
So please contact us for more details.
We look forward to hearing from you!