The Wellness Framework is a guide to creating a safe & empowering environment for workshop participants experiencing mental health conditions. The first section looks at communication, triggers and coping strategies. The second section shows how to use the framework as a facilitator. Definitions have been placed under titles through out. The Framework is intended to be a flexible and adaptive supporting document.
This document was created as part of Chilli Studios, ‘Heads & Tales’ HLF project (2018). A heritage project working – with those suffering from mental health conditions – to rebalance historical narratives and tackle present day stigmas. This project was built on the belief that heritage is a positive force for personal development, education and social change. Giving a voice to underrepresented people – to enable empowerment and equality in, and beyond, archives – is the ultimate aim of the project.
At the centre of this document is an emphasis on a participant-led approach. As well as, ensuring: opinions are respected and not censored; all voices are heard; people are supported to engage with difficult topics; healthy debate and discussion; and facilitator confidence.
This guide works in conjunction with an organizations’ own policies on safeguarding, code of conduct, boundaries, confidentiality & equal opportunities. Please familiarise yourself with these policies before facilitating a session. Contact Chilli Studios (or other host organisation) to get these documents.