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Support and Solidarity: The care we want

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A peer support space, exploring the care we want

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This event is a collaboration between Make Space and It's All About you Wellbeing.

We invite your to join us for a conversation about the care we want and need, as LGBTQ+ people with experience of self-harm. Facilitated by Max Cohen (he/him) and Courtney Sommer (she/they).

Accessing care that responds to our needs (whether within or outside of statutory services), can be difficult to navigate - especially so as LGBTQ+ people with experience of self-harm and/or crisis. In this session, we seek to create a space to (re)imagine what good care should and could look like. We will be generating ideas for a report exploring the limits to and possibilities for good mental health care for LGBTQ+ people.

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About the facilitators

Max Cohen (he/him)

Max Cohen (He/him/his) is a counsellor, trainer and group facilitator based in Exeter. He is Founder and Director of It's All About You Wellbeing for LGBTQ+ communities in South West England. He is passionate about giving space to enable queer people to talk about themselves, what affects their wellbeing and help them develop resources to live their best lives. You can learn more about Max and his work here: https://www.itsallaboutyouwellbeing.com/about

Courtney Sommer (she/they)

Courtney is one of the cofounders at Make Space. They are a facilitator, speaker, and activist, with a history working in and around the user-led/survivor movement. She is interested in critical psychiatry, collective healing, and mental health systems change. Alongside their work at Make Space, Courtney is also a PhD student exploring mental health policymaking in the UK. You can follow Courtney on Twitter @CourtneySommer_

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Please note: This event is exclusively for those who identify as LGBTQ+ and have experience of self-harm. If you do not identify as either LGBTQ+ or as having experience of self-harm (see definition below), but would still like to come to one of our sessions please email us at makespace.co@gmail.com and we can keep you updated about future events.

This event is one of a series of events exploring LGBTQ+ self-harm. The program is run by make space in collaboration with Action to Prevent Suicide. All places are fully-funded and require you to sign up before receiving joining instructions. Please note there are a limited number of places on each event, so if you sign up and can no longer attend please let us know ASAP.

To find out more about the rest of the programme, see our events page.

Defining Self-Harm

We recognise that self-harm is complex and varied, and so we hold a broad view that encompasses a range of experiences and understandings. For the purpose of this event, we are defining self-harm as acts which cause harm to the body, where this harm is the purpose and the focus of the act. No one will be asked or expected to share details of their experiences of self-harm as part of this event, or to justify their attendance in any way - if the event feels relevant to your experience then we’d be really pleased to have you join us.

Keeping ourselves (and others) well while attending our sessions

This event focuses on self-harm and a range of different mental health issues. This may bring up difficult things for people attending. We also recognise that people have different experiences of self-harm, and we ask you to be sensitive to this when joining. This is currently a one-off event, not intended as a form of ongoing therapy or support. For more information on sources of support, see the signposting information sent out with the Zoom link.

We have pre-paid 30-minute debrief sessions with a therapist who identifies as LGBTQ+ for anyone who attends the session and feels they may need support afterwards. These sessions are available immediately after events. They are arranged independently of make space and are arranged by emailing the therapist directly. We will give their email address at the end of the session.

We ask that if you can, please keep your camera on during the call. We respect that privacy issues may make this difficult; nobody will be turned away for having their camera off or individually asked to turn their camera on. While our sessions are interactive, you are welcome to join even if you do not want to contribute or would prefer to do so via the chat function.

If you have questions please email us at makespace.co@gmail.com.


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