Listen to young people

Alison Mitchell reports on the Quaker Mental Health Forum

Created during a craft workshop. | Photo: Courtesy of Alison Mitchell.

Listening… space… believing in each other…

The second Quaker Mental Health Forum was held on 3 November in the Priory Rooms in Birmingham. We hoped to offer those things we wish for everyone. As Friends shared, we opened ourselves to hear their ministry. A young woman described ‘the best day of my life!’ when Friends had believed in her. In one workshop, a participant became distressed. The leader reframed her situation, validating her experience while another Friend held her. Such simple support, enabling the Friend to recover and rejoin the workshop.

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