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The Wildflower Movement is a support group inspired by human/civil rights and alternative health groups such as the following:
1. The Icarus Project:
A support/collaborative group for people with psychiatric issues.
Human rights advocates in the mental health system.
Its stated aims are to enable people with mental health issues to see themselves in a new light and to embrace self-acceptance through the cultivation of self-consciousness and self-awareness.
They do appear to have an emphasis upon mental health issues as indicated on their website, but they state that they are open to all people who consider themselves as being apart from the “crowd” irrespective as to the individual’s specific cause for alienation and/or lack of self acceptance. It does not appear necessary to have a specifically diagnosed condition to obtain support.
The following quote is taken directly from their group website located at http://wewildflowers.wordpress.com/about/ and states:
“This group is for people to come together, embrace mental diversity and learn from each others’ different views and experiences. Rather than seeing ourselves with a “disorder” needing to be “cured” or “overcome”, we accept ourselves as WE ARE. It is this idea that resonates with our actual experiences rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework.”
They assist people in this regard in a number of ways. Some examples include:
1. Regular self-help meetings.
These meetings follow a reasonably standard formula and give people a chance to express themselves and learn in a safe, confidential environment. These meetings use the following format:
- Introduce the group.
- Ask people for the reasons they are at the meetings.
- Share relevant articles or pieces they consider useful.
- Personal Experiences/Discussions.
- Use of affirmations.
- State goals to be met between each meeting.
- Announcements, donations and logistics.
2. Peer Support:
Through the use of their group meetings and otherwise, they assist people with peer to peer support when needed. This is not a professional relationship, such as that between a doctor and patient, but rather an informal support based upon shared experiences or understanding.
3. Peer Mentoring:
The group can match individuals with peer mentor-therapists who may also assist in some way. It should be noted that this peer to mentor-therapist support may entail a professional charge or some description. However, it is still an informal support based upon shared understanding.
4. Outside Help:
The Wildflowers Movement website contains additional links, discussion boards and articles for the use of the individual so, even if the group is not attended, help may be found elsewhere.
Additionally – and outside of the meetings – they consider themselves advocates for mental health rights for all people who “have been and are being affected daily by the outdated mental health care system which does not provide them with the alternatives necessary to seek therapeutic recovery.” They do not appear to directly lobby the system, but rather give people the resources they need to help themselves.
In summation therefore:
They are a group which supports people dealing with mental health issues, whether diagnosed or otherwise, to enable them to attain self-acceptance of their condition through the use of regular meetings, peer support and website information.