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Listening Circles

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What are Listening Circles?

So you might be wondering – what is a Listening Circle and why would I want to join? 

 

A Listening Circle is a closed, safe, compassionate space for you to share your emotions and experiences and listen to others in similar situations. A PMH Listening Circle is led by trained facilitator – a parent from the PMH community who has lived experience of parenting a child with poor mental health – who will gently guide and support the circle to explore and support each other with patience, compassion and confidentiality. We know that connecting with others who understand the challenges we face can give us a valuable outlet that recharges our energy, gives us new and different perspectives and helps us to feel less alone. 

The facilitator who leads the session gives each of the 6 parents in the circle the opportunity to speak, reflect and be heard. In the act of listening to others, we hope to bring understanding, compassion and connection to those in the circle. 

Listening Circles places are limited to 60, and are being funded by Parenting Mental Health, so are free of charge. Once you have selected your preferred session, and completed the application form, we will review your application and get in touch. Please note, that you will need to commit to attending all the sessions in the 8 week course. 

With sessions planned at a range of times, we encourage PMHers across the world to apply. We hope there will be a session time that suits you. Please note, applications close on 4th Feb 2022. 

You will need…

  • To be able to commit to 2 hours for yourself, every week for 8 weeks 
  • Access to Zoom and headphones
  • A quiet place where you can talk freely
  • A commitment to confidentiality and to keeping the safe space sacred 
  • To complete our short assessment to check if this is suitable for you
  • To sign an agreement, if you’re accepted onto the program
  • To complete our short surveys after each session

Please note, if you have a diagnosis of PTSD or C-PTSD, Listening Circles are not appropriate for you and we’re sorry that we will not be able to offer you a place. 

How do I apply to join a Listening Circle?

 

You will need to be an approved member of the Parenting Mental Health Facebook group in order to apply for a FREE place at a Listening Circle. Please join us here: Join Parenting Mental Health before applying for a session. 

Mondays 12 noon – 2.00 pm UK: Register to join the circle

Mondays 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm UK time: Register to join this circle

Tuesdays 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm UK time: Register to join the circle

Wednesdays 10.00 am – 12 noon UK time: Register to join the circle

Wednesdays 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm UK time: Register to join the circle

Thursdays 10.00 am – 12 noon UK time: Register to join the circle

Thursdays 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm UK time: Register to join the circle

Fridays 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm UK time: Register to join the circle

Saturdays 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm UK time: Register to join the circle

Sundays 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm UK time: Register to join the circle

If you are experiencing problems or have any questions, please email us at: circles@parentingmentalhealth.com

If you are already a PMH group member, you can watch Suzanne talk about Listening Circles here

What you need to know: 

  • Our Listening Circles include you and the same 5 other parents 
  • 2 hour sessions, held, starting w/c 14th Feb 2022
  •  8 sessions in total
  • Run by a PMH trained Facilitator. Each Facilitator is a specially trained PMH volunteer parent, with their own lived experience
  • Held on Zoom 
  • Free for PMH members 
  • Open to all PMH parents, over the age of 18

What it isn’t…

  • It is not therapy 
  • An alternative to professional 1-1 mental health support
Listening Circles (200 × 600 px)