Radical Self Care (RadSec) Workshops in London

Our introductory Rainbow Mind Radical Self Care (RadSec) workshops for LGBTQI+ staff, practitioners and volunteers.

Purpose

  • To introduce the RadSec Model and explore new ways of working with LGBTQ+ clients
  • To look at our own self-care and introduce new skills to better look after ourselves while supporting others
  • To introduce ways of avoiding compassion fatigue

About the Radical Self-care (RadSec) model

RadSec is a new model developed by Rainbow Mind – A collaboration between Mind in The City, Hackney & Waltham Forest and Mind in Salford. Rainbow Mind was created to champion positive mental health and resilience within the LGBTQ+ communities in Greater Manchester and London. RadSec is an innovative new approach and mental health intervention, combining mindfulness, self-compassion, and compassionate mind approaches, to improve LGBTQ+ mental and emotional wellbeing. In an important extension of existing mindfulness-based approaches (MBIs), RadSec situates the mental health experiences of participants within the broader societal context; recognising that mental wellbeing does not occur in a vacuum. We are currently funded by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) to run a randomised controlled trial to establish an evidence base for the RadSec 8-week MBI model.

The workshop

We will spend 4 hours together introducing the RadSec model exploring, trying out and reflecting on some of the practical exercises. The invitation will be to notice our internal tone and the ways in which we relate to ourselves. We’ll look at ways of becoming a better friend to ourselves, improving our self-care and how we can use this approach and techniques with the people that we support. The workshop is very experiential in nature and looks at utilising our care giving system in a healthier way to better serve ourselves and others without becoming burnt out. The workshop will enable participants to understand how they can begin to cultivate the two skills of mindfulness and self-care to improve their own wellbeing and that of the people they support.

There are two workshop dates available, the 15th of November (9:30am - 1:30pm) and the 11th of December (also 9:30am - 1:30pm).

You can register your attendance for free at one of our workshops via the below links:

15th November - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/radical-self-care-radsec-workshop-1-tickets-74293049511

11th December - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/radical-self-care-radsec-workshop-2-tickets-74294554011

A non-binary employee in a meeting at work

We recently hosted our Rainbow Mind project launch in Hackney, providing the opportunity for individuals and organisations to learn more about our project, specifically about our upcoming Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) on self care and mindfulness skills for LGBTQI+ individuals.

You can find out more about the RCT here.

We were lucky enough to be joined by some excellent influential organisations, panelists, performers, artists, and the Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, who opened our event.

Thanks so much to everyone who was able to attend, below are a few pictures from what was a fantastic evening.

To learn more about our project, please contact us via contact@rainbowmind.org

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