Apologies for the late notice, the SA talk Supporting Someone in a Dissociative Crisis this Thursday has been postponed due to illness. We are planning to reschedule this talk for later this year, will keep you posted.
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A quick update from us here at the DI. Things have been very busy lately. Bridges is currently on a break as most of the facilitators are extremely busy with other projects. It will be re-jigged so that a regular meeting of some kind can be set up again soon. The online supports are still running as is Echoes in Melbourne. In the meantime focus is on the World Hearing Voices Congress in Melbourne in a couple of weeks. I’m going to be giving a talk Supporting Someone in a Dissociative Crisis, and presenting a Poster about Multiplicity. For those of us here in SA, this same talk will be given free of charge, this Thursday at the Mental Illness Fellowship of SA. Here’s a flyer with all the details. Hope to see you there.
Sarah K Reece
I’ve yet to find someone who can manage the newsletters so I’m sorry that updating has become so erratic. This month the most exciting news is that we’ll have a strong presence at at this years World Hearing Voices Congress in Melbourne in November! I’ll be speaking on the topic of Supporting someone through a dissociative crisis, and also submitting a poster about “About Multiplicity” for display . Hurrah! You can read the abstracts I wrote here. We are expecting to also have three other DI group facilitators present which is unprecedented! This conference is a truly incredible opportunity to become steeped in the approach of the Hearing Voices movement, which have been the basis of a great deal of our work here at the DI. I highly recommend attending if you have the opportunity.
Bridges has navigated the move to a new format. We are about to celebrate our second birthday with the traditional Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and one of the challenges we were struggling to manage effectively was the different needs of our new members and our long term members. The day group meets fortnightly and has been reformed back to the style of group that we started with particularly aimed at newer members. Members suggest topics for discussion around the management of dissociation and multiplicity. Our small team of facilitators volunteer time to provide support and share from their own experiences.
The evening fortnightly group has been closed to provide a safe place for our long term members. This group has moved to a tight-knit friendship format, being held in members homes over dinner. It has become a private space for members to connect, relax, play, and support each other. We’ve spent the past few months bumping along trying different approaches and this seems to be the one that meets the most needs at the moment.
The DI Board has come back together after a period of illness and/or demanding life circumstances for most members. We’ve reflected upon the demands of a board entirely formed of peer workers, and running a not-for-profit and the conclusion has been that we all value having the DI as an organisation very much and wish to continue developing it. We are planning to meet bi-monthly to work on the next administrative needs of the organisation.
The DI Open Group on Facebook is growing steadily, with 170 members currently. Hopefully we will be able to recruit some more volunteers soon to help us to manage our online resources. If you think you might be able to help out, please get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the recent topics of discussion in Bridges was nightmares, here are some relevant links you may find useful:
Sarah K Reece
It’s been a long time since we’ve been putting out regular newsletters, for which I apologise! It’s great to keep everyone up to date with developments, but I’ve been rather swamped with keeping resources running and haven’t had much time to talk about them too. 🙂 This year the big news is our lovely new website. We have moved from blogger to wordpress as the format is more suitable for hosting a lot of information as we expand the website. We will be updating our online address to a simpler one soon, and then changing the DI postcards. It’s a little bit of a process but the end result is easier for people to find, share, and print from.
Bridges is undergoing a big change this year – we are moving to a new structure to allow us to better support our working group members. Bridges is our face to face weekly support group in Adelaide, now it will be running in the afternoon once and fortnight, and the evening every other fortnight. See the new flyer here. We’ve been fortunate to have a new wonderful peer worker Melanie come on board to assist with the evening group. Please get in touch before coming to confirm if that week is an afternoon or evening group.
We are working together on a number of projects and looking to recruit volunteers to help out. Right at the moment we would love to have some more poeple helping to run the Open Facebook Group, people to manage printing and mailing the welcome packs through Mifsa locally, and people who can help us with building a Professional Referral Directory. We are also looking into fundraising opportunities.
We are keen to support new groups around Australia, to offer educational forums and workshops, and to reach out to people who support those of us who live with dissociation. If you can help, or have any other suggestions about projects and resources that would help you, please get in touch.
Best wishes and take care,
Sarah K Reece