Kintsugi Hope, a charity founded by Diane & Patrick Regan (founders of XLP) has just launched a brand new resource aimed at helping individuals launch peer support groups that are safe places for those who are struggling with their mental health.
This is how the groups are described on Kintsugi Hope’s website:
“A Kintsugi Hope Group is a safe and supportive space for people who feel or have felt overwhelmed, providing tools for self-management in a facilitated peer mentoring style setting.
It consists of a structured yet flexible series of 12 weeks of content, which includes group and individual activities designed to help participants to accept themselves, to understand their value and worth, and grow towards a more resilient and hopeful future.”
Here is Patrick Regan explaining the heart behind these groups:
So take a moment to have a look. Maybe you could get all your house groups to go through this course, and then commission each house group to go and start another one somewhere in their neighbourhood. You could do it with parents while their kids are at the weekly kids club. Or you could be brave, and ask a local coffee shop if you can use a few of their tables to help people from all walks of life begin to support each other.
The western church is plagued by this mentality of professionals only, and it really feeds a “scarcity” outlook on life. This is a great resource to start swimming against the current, and equip everyone in our churches to begin to make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling.