What is KITE?
A depression support ministry sponsored by ABC.
Who is it for?
Any of the following:
- Sufferers of depression
- Carers (people who care for, or about) those who suffer from depression.
- Professionals in fields that intersect with the treatment and / or support of, sufferers and / or carers of the / potentially / depressed.
Why does it matter that KITE is for anyone?
Because, depression can be stigmatizing. Coming into a group for just ‘the depressed’ might be exposing oneself to discrimination by a wider community.
If the group is for ‘anyone’, it provides an umbrella of anonymity. If you have a diagnosis of clinical depression but don’t want anyone to know, there are potentially many other reasons you could be there. Other causes of depression could include unemployment, loss of a loved one, retirement and loss of identity, prenatal depression, etc.
Why are you there? That’s your business to share, or not.
What do I do? Do I have to talk? Can I talk?
It is a small group format. Some people talk, others listen. We try to have a point of interest around which to start a conversation. The format is evolving to suit the members as we go along. We intend to have a speaker periodically, and advertise ahead when they are coming. There is a mailing list and we try to recap the meetings for those who are unable to attend.
Date, Time, Location.
Date: 1st Wed every month - See ABC Calendar
Time 7:45pm – 9:15pm
Location: ABC Wellspring Resource Room
How do I join?
Contact Mischelle Hodge (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information, or to go on the mailing list. Or just show up, she will always be there.
What are our values?
Respect, trust, empathic listening, not advice giving.