This page holds an archive of links to chats held in 2020.
How are we coping with the challenges of loneliness and isolation as the pandemic continues?
Are you fearless, fearful, or somewhere in between? How do you manage a preoccupation with risk, or do you throw caution to the wind as a rule?
How does it help our healing to express this (often negatively portrayed) emotion?
Joy can be hard for survivors- because hyper vigilance, depression, and feelings related to worth. How can we let positive feelings in when there really is something to celebrate?
11/3/2020: free-form chat this week (no topic)
Emotional regulation (gentler coping strategies for Safe[r] Situations.) Have you ever taken your trauma out on an innocent, unrelated bystander?
10/13/2020: No chat this week
There is a prevalence of disordered eating among the Survivor community-- how do we manage food triggers, venting, and solidarity?
Needing, seeking, avoiding, embracing, requesting, doubting ..... verbs that often go together when we think about professional help on our survivor journeys...
Looked at a work of fiction... and seen yourself?
Do we dive in, or wait for a solid place in our own recovery? When does activism help healing? What are helpful boundaries?
This topic has so many different experiences within it. And all are valid.
We discussed the casual use of the terms "triggered" and "PTSD", and what it means to survivors.
Collective trauma. Experiencing it, recognizing it and responding to it.
How often do we look in the mirror and give that person a compliment?
We discussed the complexities of grief for survivors. How do we cope with loss when we are coping with trauma?
Imagery in terms of healing. Feel free to share or describe a mental image, art, photo or meme that you find meaningful!
If your mind - or inner child - is trashing the joint .. how do you calm him?
We discussed how this pandemic is affecting our access to health care including mental health providers.
How do we embrace gender and orientation diversity as survivors, and separate trauma impacts from what we naturally are?
Due to a problem with Twitter shadowbanning this chat was abandoned part way through on 6/2. It was completed on 6/9.
Have you found a way to express how you feel as a survivor by creating something? Or being inspired by the work of someone else?
We discussed how lockdowns will impact our human relationships as survivors
Our chat this week explores how the clock, calendar and recurring tasks helps survivors
5/5/2020: No chat this week.
How do we cope with, and make others (especially in the media) understand, that WE are not the problem?
The damage done by how survivors are stereotyped goes very deep, whether or not the trauma is publicly known. How do we cope with, and make others understand, that WE are not the problem?
We survivors have needs that run deep. But not always the ability to healthily manage our responses to others, or communicate our needs.
One many of us survivors share. How do we overcome this fear of intimacy?
How do we ration it, so we defend our mental health while staying safe from this scourge.
A lack of sleep can have negative consequences on many aspects of your life including your mood. We will discussing the importance of sleep.
Today's topic is structure in everyday life. Why? How? What is your thoughts on the topic?
I did not listen to my body for most of my life. I have started listening, but I have no idea what it is saying most of the time, or why it is saying it. Do you understand the language of your body?
A few days ago I had a panic attack while driving. A survivor helped me recover using grounding techniques. What techniques work for you?
Dissociation can be a wondrous defense against the moment of acute pain, and a terrible loss of control when we are triggered afterwards. How do we cope?
Identifying, managing, and controlling triggers and our responses. Open to Survivors of trauma and our loved ones
What are your experiences with pushing things off? How do you combat it & get things done?!
The windows is where we want to be. Too high & we experience anger, agitation. Too low, we risk numbness & shut down.
The chat was about making connections, to combat isolation & loneliness.