Mental Health Cafe
Virtual Mental Health Cafe
Tuesdays from 5:00 - 7:00pm EST Online
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Connection and Accessibility Info
Communication on Zoom calls can be in the form of audio/video, audio alone, and/or text, with the option for closed captioning. There is no fee for joining the Zoom webinar. If you have any day-of questions, please private message our Facebook page or text the Inside Our Minds text line: (412) 438-3278. Please contact us before the start time of the event you wish to attend.
What is Mental Health Cafe?
Mental Health Cafe is a monthly community conversation on radical mental health, focusing on informal discussions and friendly mutual aid in a welcoming space for all.
What is mutual aid? Mutual aid is the voluntary, reciprocal exchange of resources, ideas, and support for the mutual benefit of all individuals involved, without power dynamics or labels (similar to a conversation with a friend). This is different than going to a therapy session, where a mental health professional provides one-way treatment to a client from a position of authority. Mutual aid is not meant to be a substitute for professional mental health treatment, and we do not have mental health professionals present in this capacity at our events.
So, what happens at a Mental Health Cafe? We meet every week via Zoom, with people usually arriving from 5:00 - 5:10pm. After welcoming everyone to the space and reviewing our community agreements, anyone in the group is welcome to do a "mental health check-in," discuss something important to them, ask for or share resources, vent, or ask for advice.
Important Notes: Mental Health Cafe is not meant to be a substitute for professional mental health treatment, and we do not have mental health professionals present in this capacity. Unlike some traditional mental health support groups, Mental Health Cafe does not enforce treatment compliance or adhere to purely medical model views. Our events are a welcoming space for all conceptualizations of mental health.
Mental Health Cafe is currently limited to people who are attending for their own support. Observers (media, students, providers, and anyone else wanting to come for any reason other than to explore their own experiences) are not able to attend at this time.
You can read our full Intentional Space Community Agreement here.