Are You Feeling Sh*tty? Here’s Some Free Mental Health Support

Are You Feeling Sh*tty? is a free monthly mental health support group that aims to provide no-bullsh*t support to those who need it. The group offers compassion, community and respect for substantive academic research on mental health. Participants may talk, share, or just listen. We thought it sounded a great initiative, and reached out to…

Are You Feeling Sh*tty? is a free month-to-month mental successfully being make stronger neighborhood that goals to give no-bullsh*t make stronger to of us who need it. The neighborhood affords compassion, neighborhood and respect for substantive academic learn on mental successfully being. Members could perchance well also discuss, share, or factual hear. We belief it sounded a mountainous initiative, and reached out to organizer Charley Utton to to find out more.

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How did the occasion advance about?

The premise used to be effervescent away in my head for years, however there were three main catalysts that drove it to fruition.

First, the statement that, in Shanghai, mental successfully being make stronger alternate choices are thin on the ground; you both possess prohibitively costly remedy, or bullshit ‘positivity’-oriented workshops and communities that elevate to treat feeling shitty by if truth be told ignoring it.

2d, I’ve personally struggled a lot with mental successfully being, and which ability that possess spent years researching and reading about it from the perspectives of philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, sociology and artwork. I don’t possess any weird contributions to assign in any of these fields, however I figured sharing what I’ve realized from of us that if truth be told enact possess interesting shit to sing could perchance well successfully be of order to others.

Third, and the element that if truth be told tipped the root into existence, used to be the suicide of a pal who’d been residing here in Shanghai. There used to be no technique of altering what had took space. But, I figured, there could perchance well successfully be a technique to waste one thing fancy that occuring again.

Are You Feeling Shitty? used to be the very finest answer I could perchance advance up with, when I asked myself how I could perchance personally present some form of safety procure to of us who need it.

What can attendees quiz?

We meet in a neighborhood of spherical 20 of us, of whom in general spherical half are regulars, and half are learners. Every month there’s a theme, such as loss, generosity, or madden.

Originally, I’ll give a reading on that theme. We’ll then chat about it as a neighborhood. Afterwards, we switch onto a sharing session, the effect any individual could perchance well also share with the neighborhood why they’re feeling shitty. They’re going to characterize their fable.

This is no longer an occasion for recommendation – we’re no longer expert experts, so no one affords recommendation after someone shares. The neighborhood is factual there to hear.

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What form of of us does it appeal to?

Mostly ladies. I desire males would advance more. In most international locations, males are two or thrice more doubtless to abolish themselves than ladies, and but they nearly by no technique reach out for abet. Let this be a message to any males reading: whereas you’re feeling shitty, be mettlesome and admit it, don’t bottle it up and take a look at and handle it on my own.

Besides that, it’s a total mix of nationalities, ages and professions. What’s nice is that after we hear each and each assorted share, we advance to handle how universal so quite so much of our stories if truth be told are. In general of us feel fancy they ceaselessly is the very finest one suffering in their explicit technique, and are vexed and comforted to to find someone else, per chance of a assorted age, and a assorted background, who’s suffering in precisely the identical technique.

What would you snarl to someone worried/cautious about attending?

There’s fully no tension to sing anything all the plan via a session. You have to perchance presumably advance and sit down, hear, and no longer snarl a observe. We’ve had of us that possess advance every month for six months, by no technique snarl a element, after which sometime quietly initiate up about how precious it’s all been.

How enact you possess selected your subject issues?

First off, I take what I judge are basically the most salient concerns in relation to mental successfully being. They’re all what philosophers could perchance call ‘2nd notify’ suggestions, i.e. of us that could perchance even be viewed as mechanisms or suggestions, in have to particular instances. So, as an substitute of picking ‘cheating’ or ‘theft,’ I could perchance elevate ‘envy.’

2d, I balance the sunshine with the black. We had ‘trouble’ about a months ago, which used to be mountainous heavy, so I adopted it with ‘generosity’.

Third, I elevate whatever I personally are searching to enact some learn on that month. I exhaust hours researching and writing for every and each session, so I’ve gotta be feeling it.

What’s up with the artwork?

Since I started, with every session I’ve published a WeChat post that parts artwork from this illustrator called SilentPilot (or 愚木 in Chinese language). I chanced on his work on-line, the effect it’s massively popular internationally, and later chanced on out that he lives in Shanghai.

It’s so stunning, and introspective, and surreal, and relatable. I obtained in contact with him, and chanced on that he’s the sweetest, humblest dude on this planet about it all, so gigantic-ups. He’s been making one portion each day for 1,795 days now, which is the form of dedication I’ll by no technique to find in my lifestyles.

Meanwhile, the artwork on the poster used to be made by my dilapidated friend and Shanghai tale K-Precise. Verify his stuff out on-line, he does improbable prints.


The next Are You Feeling Shitty? occasion is taking space tonight, December 6. Scan the QR to add Charley and to find out more.

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