Support Circle

Support Circle

Purpose of the Space:

This group was initially formed at the beginning of 2020 to create a platform where students could discuss stress and how to mitigate said stress by utilizing healthy coping skills and a community of support. It is now a virtual meeting space to continue these dialogues and also process the challenges of social distancing in the era of the Covid19.

Foundational Awareness:

  • If someone shares something it is not to be used against them. No gossiping, no bullying, no bull.
  • If someone shares something and you feel they need support to follow up with them. We agree to be there for one another in times of joy and in times of hardship as long as it is not deterring from our own well being.
  • You do not have to participate, if asked to engage and you are not feeling all you need say is “Pass” and we will move to the next person, no harm, no foul.
  • We understand that everyone is in their own space of learning.
  • We are all members of many social identity groups, based on race, gender, class, age, ability, sexual orientation, religion and others.
  • People are not defined by one identity but a myriad of identities and characteristics. Everyone is intersectional. -The ability to define one's primary identity, or preferred lack of, is up to that person, not to others.
  • People are not born with prejudice. Prejudice and bias are learned through experience.
  • Oppression takes many forms, including prejudice, discrimination, marginalization, powerlessness, exploitation, violence, and cultural imperialism.
  • There is no hierarchy of oppression. Oppression is oppression. Underrepresented and marginalized groups should not compete for the “most heavily oppressed” prize.

Community Agreement:

  • Ensure all voices are heard.
  • Listen actively and respect differences in opinion.
  • Use “I” statements. Remember: you cannot speak for others, only your own experiences and opinions. Listing to hear not to respond. Many times begins with a reframe
  • Lean into the discomfort. Practice the skill of leaning back.
  • Address the issue, not the person. If conflicts arise, we should not personally attack someone.
  • Be honest and embrace honesty.
  • Don’t assume everyone has the same beliefs and understandings as yourself.
  • Don’t disclose others’ information without their knowledge or consent.

Join our Circle, Fridays from 3-5 PM: https://zoom.us/j/440382543?pwd=RDVYU1M2anJMOWJOZFdUWnQrRXExZz09

Additional Support

MCC Counseling services

https://www.mesacc.edu/departments/counseling

https://www.mesacc.edu/students/virtual-services

More resources (Time Management/work-from-home)

https://www.zenefits.com/workest/10-time-management-tips-for-working-remotely/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hvmacarthur/2020/04/05/effective-time-management-while-working-remotely-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/#7ece66bb26df

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/348429

https://www.brainscape.com/blog/2020/03/remote-learning-tips-students/

https://learn4life.org/remote-learning-tips-and-tricks-for-student-success/

Suicide awareness

https://save.org/

https://www.sprc.org/

Anxiety awareness

https://adaa.org/finding-help

Meditations

https://www.mindful.org/how-to-meditate/

https://www.mindful.org/free-mindfulness-resources-for-calm-during-covid-outbreak/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0Tv7FuvNJ8

https://womensmeditationnetwork.com/coronavirus-anxiety-meditation/

https://choosemuse.com/blog/ultimate-list-of-free-meditation-resources/

Stress Management

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fmanaging-stress-anxiety.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyblaschka/2020/07/30/this-is-the-best-way-to-avoid-covid-burnout/#51230f69509d

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/about-us/news-press/news-detail?articleId=25989&publicid=395

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/stress-coping/young-adults.html

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