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|Program Name:||Pink & Blues|
|Agency Name:||Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance|
|Year the Program was Started:||2002|
|Public Contact Person:||Mark A. Davis|
|Address:||709 S. American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
|Program Category:||Peer Support, Recovery Education, Support Group|
||Native American/Alaskan, LGBT, Persons on Inpatient Units|
||Borrowed Space (church, school, community center)|
|Annual Program Budget:||None|
|Number of staff:||Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: None
|Consumer involvement in the program|
|Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers:||All|
|How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions?||Always|
|Number of administrators or board members who are consumers:||All|
|Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available:||Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals|
|Cost for materials?||No|
|Program Goals:||Promote recovery, prevention and wellness of LGBT individuals living with a mental illness, addiction, suicide attempt/loss survival, co-occurring physical, emotional, developmental, behavioral and/or health concerns combined with issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity.|
|Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research?||No|
|Program Mission Statement:||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 people living with any mental illness diagnosis - both professionally or self-proclaimed. We focus on personal recovery and are 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 and respect in our personal/professional lives and in LGBTQI2-S communities.|
|Additional Information:||Guiding Values
- Confidentiality is our priority. Members may not discuss anything outside the group about what is discussed here or who is here. To do so discourages 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 and 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 illnesses can be of great help for others.
- Listening helps us learn from other 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 view to share and we can be encouraged, but never forced to speak.
- Cell phones and pagers are turned to vibrate or off during the 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, do a reality check right then and there for better understanding of the conversation. It is not helpful to take 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.