The Headland Talking Circles are changing. Here, we’ve put together a number of FAQs to ensure you fully understand what they are, what they aim to do, and why you should absolutely go check them out!
What is it?
The Headland Talking Circle is a weekly meeting, held from 6pm to 7.30pm every Thursday at the Lisa Lowe Centre, which is open to everyone and anyone to come along and discuss mental health from any approach.
It’s an open forum, where everyone sits around with a cup of tea or coffee and is able to chat at their own speed and comfort. Conversation topics cover just about everything from useful coping mechanisms to how to notice early warning signs to how to simply talk to someone suffering with mental health issues.
The sessions are held at the warm and welcoming Lisa Lowe Centre, located here:
Do I need to share personal details?
Absolutely not. You don’t even have to talk if you don’t want to. You can simply absorb discussion, ask questions, engage with others, and open up if you feel comfortable enough to do so. There is no obligation on anyone, and absolutely no pressure to reveal anything you’re uncomfortable talking about.
Do I need to have personal history with mental illness to take part?
Nope! Our Talking Circles are simply informal and relaxed chats about everything mental health (and often completely different topics) – they aren’t dedicated therapy sessions, and thankfully there’s no minimum requirement of mental illness to attend (it would be weird if there was). You don’t need to be suffering and you don’t need to have suffered to join in the discussion.
Why should I attend?
Mental health touches everyone in some way and at some point – either personally or through someone they care about. The circles, the topics covered, and the experiences shared enable everyone to prepare and equip themselves with some knowledge on how to deal with it if and when it comes around. For those who have experiences they want to share, they do so in the knowledge that their suffering has not been for nothing and will go on to help others in future, as well as hopefully finding some catharsis in opening up and sharing their stories.
Who can attend?
Anyone! Many of the people who attend the groups are there for information on how to help family members and loved ones, and some are happy to share that they’re there for themselves. Some bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, and some have no direct link to mental illness at all and just want to learn more and share in the knowledge and experiences of those who do.
If I realise I need further help and advice, what can I do?
Absolutely. Every session is attended by a wonderful member of staff from the Lisa Lowe Centre and they are fully equipped to signpost you in the right direction – be it anywhere from crisis to community care.
If you’re currently struggling, please either seek advice from your GP at the earliest possibility, or in case of crisis please contact emergency services or the Crisis Response team at Nobles Hospital 642860.