Welcome to Pink & Blues Philadelphia

Living with Pride and in Recovery
Founded January 15, 2003


We are a mutual self-help, peer support and resource exchange group
for persons living with mental health, substance use and/or health

 conditions who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
intersex, two-spirit, questioning adults and our allies. It’s a safe
space to explore our dualities, discover recovery opportunities and
alternatives to suicide, self-abuse, trauma, loneliness, etc.
Free and open for you!

 

Visit: www.pinkandblues.info

 

 

Meets Every Wednesday <> 7:00 - 9:00 PM
 Doors open at 6:50pm - please arrive by 7pm or soon after
The Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany - Blue Room

330 S. 13th St. (between Spruce and Pine) Philadelphia, PA 19107
Enter courtyard look for single red door to the right down access ramp

Contact:  Mark A. Davis @ 215-627-0424 or madpride@ymail.com

Need urgent help?  Contact your peer support & service system
team!  There are many local, state and national resources including
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK

TTY 1-800-799-4TTY
Spanish 1-888-628-9454

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

 

A-Z peer group information can be located at the American Self-Help
Group Clearinghouse
www.SelfHelpGroups.org and searching peer
on-line chats & groups via Social Media sites including Google,
Facebook, Linkedin, etc. Whatever your pleasure, find people to
connect to assure you are not alone . . .

 

 

Mission

Our group discussion is a supplement to – not a substitute for – professional treatment. The group does not offer quick fixes or cures and is inclusive of LGBT people living with mental health, addiction and co-occurring health conditions. We focus on personal recovery and wellness. Our meetings are peer-run and not a therapy group. The goal is for participants to explore styles of recovery and to avoid unhealthy dependency of others. We promote independence, self-determination, suicide prevention and choice. We value safety, confidentiality and respect in our personal and/or professional lives.

Guiding Principles

●Confidentiality is our priority. Members may not discuss anything outside the group about what is discussed here or who is here. To do so discourage the willingness to share that is necessary for a support group. Members can, however, contact and support each other outside the group.

●We share personal feelings, experiences, joys, triumphs, problems during difficult times.

●We are the experts in our own recovery. Sharing behavior patterns and actions that we have found to be effective - or not effective - in coping with our conditions can help others.

●Listening helps us learn from peer experts.

●In order for caring and sharing to work, we must recognize that every member is as vital as we are. Each of us has an important perspective to share and we can be encouraged, but never forced to speak.

●Electronic gadgets are turned to vibrate or off during group.

●Kindness and support is our aim. Members treat each other, as they would want to be treated, respectfully and without judgment.

●Courtesy is contagious. It may take extraordinary courage for some members to reveal personal feelings. Be sensitive to this and refrain from interrupting another person speaking or by cross talking.

●Advice is just that, advice. Recommending a particular course of action, physician, treatment or medication is NOT our purpose. Members do express their personal experience in these matters.

●You are not glued to your chair, so feel free to take a break outside the meeting room to attend to your personal needs.

●If you are sharing suicidal plans or experiencing problematic symptoms, the group facilitator may ask that you seek the help from your support system. You are not alone during this dark period.

●Reality checks are encouraged. If you do not understand a topic of discussion or have a question about what was shared, right then andthere for better understanding of the conversation. It is not helpful totake misinformation home.

●Using "I" statements enables us to own our own issues. Try to keep focused on yourself, your wellness or your illness rather than talking about other people.

●Using the names of others is a violation of confidentiality.

●We share common themes, struggles and victories.

●Leave your profession outside the door and bring your person inside.

●Prevention = Recovery

Format for Weekly Peer Support Group

●Brief Review of Guiding Principals

●Brief Introduction: name - sexual & gender identity – mental health and co-occurring health concerns - positive announcement or passion to remember what's good and positive in our lives

●Announcements

●Reclaiming LGBT Pride reflection for today

●Individual sharing – Everyone welcome to share current personal realities, issues, roadblocks and milestones relevant to our recovery

●Feedback to share mutual support, insight and observations

●Short five-minute break at 8pm

●Individual sharing continued

●Closing appreciations shared to depart on an upbeat note! Members are encouraged to share contact information for additional peer, social and mutual support between meetings!

Keep Coming Back, Its Crazy Not To!

We thank St. Luke’s for hosting us free of charge as a part of their faith-based dedication to serve many grassroots community efforts!

 

Brief History: A Pink & Blues discussion group was held at Belmont Behavioral Health on the Rainbow Haven in-patient unit from April 23, 2001 until unit closed April 2004. Pink & Blues groups have operated in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties. A Pittsburgh group is in development. Consider starting a group in your neck of the woods. Updated June 22, 2014

 

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