We need to discover new, more liberating stories around our own and each others mental distress – it can be hard being human, and deep compassion for ourselves and others is needed. Register for your free place at this interactive webinar.
Anxiety, depression, altered and extreme states are all part of the range of experiences that are common to us as a human family. Our tendency is to meet these experiences with fear and unconscious oppression.
Compassion offers an alternative way of being held and being heard which begins with the self. The guilt and shame that we feel can make healing and recovery seem impossible, but finding a way to meet our shame with compassion offers us hope and a way of being that can be transformative.
During this webinar, with guest Andy Bradley and hosted by NOW’s Florence Scialom, we would love to explore with you what questions you have about discovering and embodying a more compassionate response to mental distress.
Building Wellbeing Together Series:
This webinar is part of the Network of Wellbeing’s Building Wellbeing Together series, offering regular free webinars to explore how we can build wellbeing together in our own lives, in our communities and in harmony with nature.During our webinars we interview people and organisations working on happiness and wellbeing related projects, to help others to learn more about their work and also to help enable connections between those who care about the wellbeing of people and planet. Find out more.
About Andy Bradley:
Andy Bradley established Frameworks 4 Change in 2005 to close the compassion gap in our health and care services. Growing up, he spent time living with older people in the care home set up and run by his parents. A warm, family oriented environment meant there was a sense of adventure, curiosity, optimism and compassion.
After leaving home, Andy went on to care for people with a range of needs and observed a common culture and practice very different to his childhood experiences. Seeing the gap, Andy established Frameworks 4 Change with a vision to recreate the love and compassion shown in the world he grew up in.
Andy is the designer of compassion circles and the founder of a movement to see festivals of compassion and wellbeing hosted by local people who want to join together to make the world a kinder place. In 2012 Andy gave a TED talk on Closing the Compassion Gap was recognized as one of Britain’s Most Radical thinkers – seen by The Observer Newspaper and NESTA as one of 50 leading lights with ‘ideas that could fix broken Britain’.
Andy is part of the core team for the Compassionate Mental Health Gatherings where he holds space for compassionate dialogue and shares his own lived experience of severe depression in the hope that being open may help others to be seen and heard.