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During the pandemic, Stand Up to Stigma holds daily online support groups for mental health peers.
Peer support groups are run by peers for peers. No medical providers lead Stand Up to Stigma groups.
Zoom is the platform we use for our online groups and is available on both your computer and smartphone. To join a meeting in progress:
- Follow the link from this site or from your email (if you’re signed up for our STS Community Beacon mailing list).
- You may be asked to download the Zoom app. Do so.
- You will then be added to the group’s room. Your audio and/or video may be disabled by default. You can enabled them by clicking the appropriate buttons along the bottom of the screen.
- You’re all set! Welcome!
- Guided Groups (GG) are led by STS-trained peer group guides.
- Drop-in Groups (DIG) not led and can be joined without a host.
|Zoom Info Schedule
Zoom Information for Connecting to Meetings
All times are Mountain Time (GMT-7)
Link for GG Groupshttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/4769619358?pwd=MnpEcEd2V2dnZ2JTVjJxQ0Q4SXFXQT09
476 691 9358
Group goes from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Group Guides open the support group at 6:30 PM.
Link for DIG Groupshttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86255583029?pwd=Qi9LanpDL2drNnlxTzhoWGhWSkx0dz09
346 248 7799
Group goes from 1:30 AM to 3:30 AM.
All times are Mountain Time (GMT-7)
The Power of Peer Support GroupsStand Up To Stigma provides safe, welcome, and confidential peer support groups for those living with the challenges and triumphs of a mental health diagnosis. Our support groups are run by peers and for peers, a place for you to come chat about your issues, concerns, and needs as a peer with others who implicitly understand you because they’ve been there, too.
Who Attends Stand Up To Stigma Peer Support Groups?Stand Up To Stigma welcomes all in our community. We have members who share openly their challenges and triumphs with depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, anxiety, TBI, autism, co-occurring and just any mental health and behavioral health life experiences imaginable. We peers have so much more in common than you might believe. We also welcome the friends and families of peers who are interested in understanding their loved ones better from hearing the stories our participants share. We also welcome friends and families to attend our peer support groups if your loved one would like some “moral support.”
May I Come and Observe a Stand Up To Stigma Peer Support Group?
- You participate in group as a member and not as a provider, student or interested community representative.
- You identify yourself as an observer and for what you are attending our peer support group (such as a student fulfilling a class requirement, a provider interested in understanding their patients better, or a public servant in the behavioral health field).
- You DO NOT take notes or record the support group.
- You DO NOT mention anyone by name outside of group.
- You respect our implicit confidentiality by not referring to any specific story details shared by fellow members.
- We are all equal.
We’re always happy to see new faces!You are not alone. Compassion. Understanding. Caring. Together.
The Power of Peers
Sharing Their Stories
Think of all the challenges you face every day. Taking the kids to soccer practice. Making sure your paycheck is deposited at the bank. Getting an oil change on the car. Paying your utility bills.
Now imagine you have someone telling you, “No, you’re not capable of doing any of these daily tasks. It’s too difficult for you. You’re not like everyone else.”
These are Stigmas.
Think of how people judge other people, especially when they first meet. You look at their clothes, their hair, the car they drive, how tall they are, how short they are, how young they are, how old they are, and . . . how they behave. We all do it. It’s human nature and is nothing to be ashamed about.
Now imagine you have a mental health diagnosis. And the person you’re just meeting knows it. And that’s the first thing that goes through their mind, and it colors everything and every judgment they make of you. The judgments revolve around misconceptions like “He’s violent” or “She’s not very smart” or “He’s not capable of doing whatever everyone else can” or “She’s not normal.”
These are Stigmas.
For those living with the challenges and triumphs of a mental health diagnosis, overcoming these stigmas is a daily challenge . . . in addition to soccer practice, the bank, care maintenance, and utility bills. People often believe a person with a mental health diagnosis is incapable of these tasks.
Every last stigma is wrong.
What to do?
That’s where Stand Up To Stigma plays an important role in our communities. While having a mental health diagnosis might make some daily tasks more challenging, and a person might seem “overly-emotional” or “kind of weird”, the stigmas that burden peers are unnecessary and uneducated.
Stand Up To Stigma knows that education is key, and through peers sharing their own stories and life experiences so many of these stigmas are proven false and baseless. Peers are people just like everyone else. In fact, it’s fair to say people are people just like everyone else.
Stand Up To Stigma provides peers the chance to tell their stories and life experiences through our many education programs so those who have a direct connection and influence in a peer’s life understand better what it’s like to live with a mental health diagnosis, and peers aren’t any different than anyone else.
Stand Up To Stigma is experienced in educating the public, legislators, policy makers, law enforcement, family members, first responders, lawyers, health care providers, employers, high schools, universities, and even other peers simply by helping empower peers trained as Stand Up To Stigma presenters to tell their stories and share their life experiences of living with a mental health diagnosis
We have one guiding principle at Stand Up To Stigma. Through education, discussion, and mutual understanding and respect . . .