MindfulWOMEN Group Meetings: It’s Good to Talk
The MindFulWOMEN community provides a safe and supportive platform for women to open
up and talk about the health of their mind. Talking about such a personal thing is not easy, but it’s the first step to getting better, and it helps you to realise you’re not alone.
As well as our Facebook group, we have recently started group meetings where you can come for a cuppa and a chat. No pressure, no judgement, just a warm and welcoming atmosphere where you can share your experiences or listen to others. It really is good to talk.
Our support group launch night
Our first support group meeting took place at the Central Fire Station in Hull on 6th September, and what a night it was! Women of all ages turned up for tea, coffee, cake, and a chat, and it was a huge success. Humberside Fire and Rescue are working in partnership with #MindHEALTH following the success of #MindfulMEN
The group setting is relaxed and informal, and everything that is shared within the group remains confidential. There’s nothing clinical about these sessions; the group very much belongs to the women. The overwhelming message we get time and time again from the members of our Face
book group is how lonely and isolating having it can feel when your mind isn’t healthy, and we believe that holding the group meetings can help a lot of ladies to overcome that.
Sessions are going to run every fortnight, and they are funded by the Humberside Fire Brigade. The Brigade’s HR Director, Miriam Heppell leads the sessions.
Why do people find it so difficult to talk about the health of their mind?
Coming along to the group is a great way to get talking about mind health but why do people find it so difficult to talk about? Here are just some of the reasons; see if any of these reasons might be stopping you from opening up.
Shame and stigma
These are huge barriers. Admitting to having a problem with the health of your mind is somehow perceived as a weakness or a defect, and it’s so much easier to talk about physical health, even the embarrassing problems!
It’s just easier to ignore how you feel
It’s tempting to think ‘if I ignore this, it will go away,’ but of course, it won’t.
People won’t understand
You might feel as if you want to talk about how you’re feeling, but the fear of being misunderstood stops you. It can seem easier to try and deal with things on your own.
You have no idea how to start the conservation
You might struggle with who to tell, and when to tell someone, but it never quite seems like the right time. The problem with it never being the right time, is that by the time you end up being forced to deal with the problem, it might be a lot worse.
You think talking about your problems won’t make a difference
You might think that opening up won’t change a thing, but it’s the first step to feeling better, and it will make you realise you’re not alone.
It’s okay to not be okay
When you are suffering from depression or any other problem, it can seem like you are going to feel hopeless forever, but that’s not true.
There are many reasons why people might find it uncomfortable to talk about their problems, but groups like ours and other fantastic groups out there are helping to turn the tide. When people feel like they can open up about their mind health, it goes a long way to tackling the stigma and improving understanding.
We would love to meet you!
Come along to our next group meeting on Monday 18th September at 7.30pm at Hull Central Fire Station, we would love to meet you!