English Peer Support Group Now Open in the Community
Are you a caregiver for a family member or friend who is struggling with mental health challenges? Do you find yourself needing support but don't know where to turn? Local organization Kompassie is currently running a range of peer support groups (“lotgenoten” in Dutch) for informal carers (“mantelzorgers”) of people who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder or other mental health challenges. In response to requests from their non-Dutch speaking clients, they are launching an English-language version of this longstanding support group!
The English version of this group is scheduled to begin on Thursday, 2 February from 19:00 – 22:00 at Kompassie, located at Laan 20 in The Hague.
Kompassie's group provides a safe place to exchange experiences, learn from other group members, and take a break from being a caregiver. They will explore ways that you can live well and centered despite your demanding situation. There are no taboos; all they ask is that you come with an open mind and ready to share your story in your own time.
The group is open to anyone who is caring for a loved one with a personality disorder, whether diagnosed or not, and who feels more comfortable speaking English than Dutch. The group will run for 8 sessions of 2 hours and is open to a maximum of 8 participants who will meet every 2 weeks. Attendance is free of charge, but the folks at Kompassie ask that members commit to all the sessions to ensure confidentiality and support for the group.
Interested in participating? Then please send an email to [email protected] or call (070) 427 32 40 and ask for Esther van der Meer to get information or to register your interest. And for more information, you can visit the group's website here.