Proud Mama Support Services is offering a free workshop on September 29 from 3-5pm for making a written mood plan. This workshop is geared toward perinatal mental health issues, but is open to anyone who feels they could benefit from taking the time to create their own written toolkit to help themselves move toward healing and wellness, one step at a time. The benefit of having a written plan is not only to help yourself, but also to help your family and friends know how best to support you when you are struggling with mental health or mood issues.
Write It Down: Mood Plan Workshop
Saturday, September 29 3-5pm
Restore Physical Therapy
966 NW Circle Blvd. Corvallis, OR 97330
Facilitated by Sophie Grow, Perinatal Peer Support Group Facilitator
When you are in the midst of a low point in your mood struggle, do you wish you had a set of directions to help find your way back to the things that help you feel better? Do you wish your partner, family, and friends just knew how to support you? In the valleys of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, it is hard to remember the tools and resources you have available to you that could help. A bit of pre-planning can provide you with a written plan that you can rely on when you're struggling, as your personal step-by-step guide toward feeling more grounded and whole.
What to Expect:
As a group, we will do some peer-to-peer brainstorming about practical, everyday actions we can take to respond to mood. Coming together as a community to create individualized plans not only provides the opportunity to learn new tools from others, it also normalizes the idea that providing support for people who suffer with mood issues can look like many different things, unique to that individual. Very often people don't know what to ask for when they do need help. This workshop focuses on gaining tools to do just that.
Drawing from her experience as a perinatal peer social support facilitator and what she's learned about vulnerability, courage, shame, and empathy from Brené Brown's The Living Brave Course, Sophie Grow will guide you through a series of writing exercises and reflections to help you hone in on what is most helpful for you in the face of struggle. By the end of the workshop, you will have a written plan on paper--an organized set of tools at the ready the next time you're struggling with depression, anxiety, rage, fear, or intrusive thoughts. This plan can be used to enlist support from family and friends as a sort of guide to how they can support you. This workshop is offered as peer social support, and is not intended to diagnose or treat any mental health or mood disorder.
There is no cost to participate. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
While pre-mobile babies are welcome at our regular support group meeting times, please make other arrangements for infant care and allow yourself the time and space to fully be present in this workshop.
Questions or concerns? Please contact workshop facilitator Sophie Grow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-221-0708.