Self-help in groups
Self-organized self-help - what is it?
Self-organized self-help is the based on the belief that we humans have inherent resources that we can mobilize and deploy when we are experiencing challenges.
We can learn from experiences, including the difficultones, to master the situation and move on. It is always possible to take action, gain better insight and take stronger control of your own life.
Self-help is a process to get to know ourselves better and how we are affected by challenges we face. We can become better acquainted with our coping strategies, develop new understanding and other strategies, so that the challenges are easier to manage. It can also help us figure out what we need to do something about ourselves and what we need the help of others. Bringing about change and recovery requires both time and effort, but can provide better control over your own life.
How does that happen?
Awareness is made by putting into words what we are experiencing and what it means to us. Some topics are difficult to talk about, including family and friends. Some write down their thoughts and feelings, others seek professional help.
An option may be to join a conversation group with others; with someone who is in the same boat but is not affected by your situation.
There are different call groups, or self-help groups. Some are led by professionals, others by equals. Some groups are self-organized, that is, participants take a shared responsibility for the group community and meetings after startup. LINK Bergen and the surrounding area are initiators of self-organized groups.
What is a self-help group?
Self-organized call groups can be defined as:
These groups are a community where you can put into words and learn from your own and others' experiences. Participants support and challenge each other in a process of change. The community can also be understood as a rehearsal workshop. A workshop to try out new understanding, other ways to communicate and handle situations.
What does it take for them to work like this?
Reciprocity, respect and trust
Mutual help and support (Borkmann) interaction
Respect for each other's differentiation/reality
Trust through rules of confidentiality and shared responsibility for the community
Joint responsibility for meetings and the group process through the use of frameworks and principle for groups