We Are Well is alive! Last Thursday, a group of 15 humans came together to kick-off the first mental health meet-up of its kind. We shared our hopes for the mental health and wellness community in Dallas, drove future conversations by sharing preferred topics of interests, and connected with like-minded individuals. It was the first time I could see myself living out my purpose. It was a full circle experience so to say – I dreamt this idea up out of a need and idea I first had 2 years ago. I declared my passion and purpose into the world about a year later with an intention to host at least one event that brought people together to speak about mental health & wellness. I hosted my first event 6 months ago, that only confirmed the need to execute this idea. And last week my vision came to life!
My vision for We Are Well…
…I will share the practices, lessons, and information I learned as a counselor to those outside the 4 walls of therapy because that information is valuable to everyone. Regardless of where we are in our lives, we need to form a community of like-minded individuals who are ready to have the real conversations about mental health topics that seem intimidating or taboo to discuss. I want to normalize mental health and make it appeal to everyone because who doesn’t need some form of personal growth?
I wish I had better words to express how it felt to see this vision play out in real time. That night, I witnessed a group of people, some who knew each other and some who didn’t, gather to share their thoughts around guided questions for future meet-ups. Prompts like:
What mental health and wellness topics do you want to hear more about?
If you’d like, please share your experience with therapy so far
What are you hoping to gain from this meeting and/or this group?
Where do you see this group going?
How do you see it serving in the future?
One of my big takeaways from We Are Well is that people WANT something like this in Dallas. It was lovely to hear and interact with people in the community who want to bond with others who are going through the same experiences or have similar questions and they aren’t sure where to get those answered.
- I heard that people want to hear more about identity, self-preservation, and boundaries.
- People in this group are yearning for more resources beyond therapy that could be available like podcasts or other forms of learning.
- And I learned that I could be someone, maybe even the one, to provide those answers to them.
I finally feel confident in my skin to confidently say that. What a blessing it is to be part of this movement and part of this community. I’m still overwhelmed by all of the kind words spoken to me about what I was doing. If anything, it only confirms that I’m on the right foot and doing something impactful.
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aaand I promise that the IG is coming soon 🙂
With all the love,