Community Mental Health Discussions – Zoom Calls for June 2020

In an ongoing effort to put both James Edgar Skye into the world and the most critical part, the continued discussion on mental health and mental illness in a safe setting. I have set the schedule for Zoom calls for the group called Community Mental Health Discussions (also the name of the discord channel) co-hosted by fellow blogger Kim. Here is the schedule for June.Saturday June 20th @ 2 pm Pacific Time (California)

Saturday June 20th @ 2 pm Pacific Time (California)

Saturday June 27th @ 2 pm Pacific Time (California)

The topics vary from meeting to meeting, and I would love to get more voices into the discussion. A note on the June 6th meeting: this Zoom meeting will be recorded to reflect (in a future post) what these meetings are about when discussing and chipping away at the mental illness stigma. 

There are several ways to become a part of the meetings:

  1. You can contact me directly by email: jamesedgarskye22@gmail.com
  2. Use the Contact James Edgar Skye page
  3. Join our Community Mental Health Discussions discord channel by adding me: JamesEdgarSkye#4190

I post the Zoom meeting link in discord and email those who contact me to meet on the morning of the event. I hope to see you there!

Mental Health Topic Interviews

In an ongoing effort to expand The Bipolar Writer Blog, I have decided to begin one on one interviews with individuals on Zoom to discuss a mental illness topic of your choice. Please contact me here if you want to be a part of this idea

Always Keep Fighting

James

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News About This Week’s Zoom Call

Happy Friday!

My name is Colleen Burns Durda, @theoriginalcbd, and I’m a guest blogger on The Bipolar Writer’s collaborative mental health blog. For the past few weeks, James Edgar Skye, (aka The Bipolar Writer) has hosted a Zoom call to discuss various topics surrounding mental illness and emotional well-being. This week I’ll be guest hosting the call.

In an effort to delve more deeply into some of the topics associated with mental illness, James collaborated with @GroundsForClarity and expanded into a new forum. They co-moderate a server on Discord called Community Mental Health Discussions. It’s on the Discord Channel that we’ll post the link to join the Zoom call. The call will take place tomorrow on Saturday June 13th starting at 5pm CDT.

Here’s how to participate: Go to https://discord.com/ or download the Discord app. Set up an account and a username. Request to friend JamesEdgarSkye#4190 and navigate to Community Mental Health Discussions to find lots of topics that may interest you. I’ll post the Zoom link in the Announcements thread.

If this sounds like something you’d like to try, please do. Don’t let the technology intimidate you. If I figured it out, it can’t be too difficult. I’d love to see you on Saturday and discuss mental health. If you can’t join the call this week, check out Discord. I will be posting here, in this space, at a later date. You can also find me on my own blog http://ColleenBurnsDurda.com.

Have a fabulous weekend,

 

Colleen

Discord – Community Mental Health Dicsussions

James Edgar Skye (The Bipolar Writer) is collaborating with Grounds for Clarity on a new Discord Channel called Community Mental Health Discussions. It will be a place where you can come anonymously if needed discuss the many topics that come with mental illness and mental health. Our goal is to have open-ended discussions that are open 24/7. Myself and Grounds for Clarity will be moderators.

Want to join? Go to www.discord.com

  • Sign up for a discord account.
  • Then add me as a friend – JamesEdgarSkye#4190
  • Send me a message that you are from WordPress, introduce yourself if I don’t know you, and I will add you to the group!
  • If you have any questions or need help simply reach out.
  • Or email me @ jamesedgarskye22@gmail.com

Here is the introduction to our discord:

Welcome to the first of its kind Discord community in which our goal is to provide a safe, anonymous, immersive, and experiential learning experience into mental health discussion. 

We will provide a safe, anonymous, immersive and experiential learning experience into mental health discussion by sharing our personal stories. Here, we value transparency, your story, your authenticity…. in a place where we accept everyone’s point of view.

And what that means is, we may not always agree with one another and we believe within our community safely challenging one another’s perspectives is the key to collaborative discussion. 

We strongly desire for everyone to speak from the lens with which they view life including but not limited to: 

  • Politics
  • Religion/ Deity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Ethnicity
  • Racial make-up
  • Education
  • Culture
  • Physical/ Mental/ Social/ Emotional/ Environmental/ Spiritual factors
  • Lifestyle
  • Age (Group is reserved for 18 years and up)
  • Mother tongue
  • Professional/ Role in society
  • Taste of music
  • Sense of humour
  • Criminal record
  • Sports affiliation
  • Military background

All inclusive in a respectful way is what we strive to achieve at this Discord channel.

Discord Moderators can be personally messaged if you wish to voice a concern. However, we strongly encourage open discussion during “stuck” times in conversation in order to foster mutual respect. 
The right to delete comments, ban individuals and block chat members is reserved to Discord Moderators as follows:

James Edgar Skye
Grounds For Clarity 

If you have any questions please contact me or leave comments below. This separate from our weekly Saturday discussions that we will be hosting on Zoom. (See tomorrows blog post.)

Always Keep Fighting

James

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Purchase The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir here.

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Let’s Have A Zoom Party/Mental Health Discussion Today!

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Last Saturday, I held a Zoom party for a mental health discussion that was a fantastic melting of the minds. It was a lively discussion, and it went on for three hours. I was so amazed at the dialogue that we were able to have together. It was inspirational and lively. The questions were perfect for these types of discussion and thought it was limited in participants; it went flawlessly.

It inspired me to expand these types of ‘meetings” to every Saturday for the foreseeable future and also perhaps one or two smaller get-togethers during the week. In this pandemic world, it is important to have an open dialogue about mental illness and mental health. So following schedule will be put in place for May for Zoom Meetings that I will be hosting:

  • May 23, 2020 – 2 pm Pacific time
  • May 30, 2020 – 3pm Pacific tine

If you are interested you can always email me through my contact page and I will add you to the list. Also email me here:

jamesedgarskye22@gmail.com.

You can also text me here if you want to join me on Zoom on your mobile.

I would love to get as many voices talking about mental health. It also allows people to put a face to James Edgar Skye and The Bipolar Writer. Please join me if you can!

One on One Zoom Sessions

If you would like a time to meet me one on one to discuss mental illness and mental health topics, I always work people into my weekly schedule. I want to be more open to people getting to know me beyond the words of this blog. So feel free to reach out in my contacts or the email above. Let’s have a conversation!

Always Keep Fighting

James

You can visit the author site of James Edgar Skye here.

Purchase The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir here.

Become a Patron of James Edgar Skye and be a part of his writing here: Become a Patron!

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