Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize the group time.
One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak without interruption or side conversations.
What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality; it must be respected by everyone. This includes not sharing personal details that others have shared at previous meetings.
Differences of opinion are okay
We are all entitled to our own point of view. However, language that harms, disrespects, or marginalizes others will not be tolerated.
We are all equal
We welcome cultural, linguistic, social, racial, and all other identities, and we promote their inclusion.
Use “I” language
Because we don’t participate in discussion groups as credentialed professionals, we can’t instruct. We can, however, share from our own experiences. For example, instead of saying “you should do X,” say “when I was faced with a similar problem, I ...” We should always frame our comments in the context of our own experiences.
It is o.k. not to share
People don’t have to share if they don’t want to.
Avoid Discussing Triggering Details
To avoid triggering others, we refrain from discussing the specifics of traumatic events, or details regarding self-harm, suicide, or suicide ideation.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share
We respect confidentiality, treat people with respect and kindness, and show compassion.