To MenHealing Weekends of Recovery Alumni, Friends, and Supporters
EXPANDING RESOURCES FOR MEN AND MASCULINE-IDENTIFIED SURVIVORS OF COLOR
Over the 2023 Memorial Day weekend, a group of black and brown men convened in an effort to build community with one another and explore ways they can work together to support male survivors of color. These men already provide support to many survivors of color and this was an opportunity to build community and learn from one another. With the help of MenHealing facilitators, Brian McCloud, Tosin Akindele, Kenton Kirby, and anti-racist educator Richard Smith, this convening was truly a powerful event.
Over the course of an inspiring weekend, the attendees wove a vibrant tapestry of their experiences and insights, each thread intricately representing a story of support, empowerment, and transformation. An eclectic array of backgrounds, with voices resonating from Hawaii to the nearby city of Schenectady, NY, converged into a chorus of camaraderie. This event was more than a gathering—it was a testament to the strength that unity can create, and the potential that a convening like this can lead to.
We would like to thank our partners at the Watershed Center in beautiful Millerton, NY for their amazing hospitality for the first Melanated MenHealing convening. We look forward to having another convening where we can continue to build on how MenHealing can intentionally engage and support survivors of color.
REFLECTIONS FROM THE MELANATED CONVENING PARTICIPANTS
HONORING THE VOICE OF ONE MELANATED CONVENING SURVIVOR
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REGISTRATION FOR PEER SUPPORT GROUP LEADER TRAINING WORKSHOPS STILL OPEN
MenHealing will be offering Peer Leader training sessions for alumni of Weekends of Recovery. The training course is designed to provide guidance and skills on how to lead an online or in-person peer group. The training is open to all alumni, including those who were trained as part of the Connect Study.
The trainings will be conducted on two Saturdays: September 23rd and 30th starting at 8am Pacific / 9am Mountain / 10am Central / 11am Eastern, and will last for 3 hours each.
Being a Peer Leader for support groups is an excellent way to help others find support. Many current peer leaders have said they gain as much by facilitating the groups as the participants do.
If you are interested, please send email to Adam Frost (Support Groups Manager) email@example.com with your name, time zone, and phone number.
HONORING THE VOICES OF MEN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED A WEEKEND OF RECOVERY
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Executive Director, MenHealing/Weekend of Recovery