Community Care Circles

Holding ourselves accountable for our care and the care of others

What is Community Care?

Estoy Aqui promotes the value of interdependence and highlights the importance of curiosity, validation, and consent when supporting others. We look beyond the idea of individual responsibility and value community connection as one of the most powerful protective strategies we can use to respond to mental health challenges.

What is a Community Care Circle (CCC)?

Community Care Circles are designed to co-create brave spaces of respect and care. They use guided healing and facilitated dialogue practices to give participants the opportunity to speak about their personal experiences and their relationship to a specific topic. At the end of each section, participants will have time to practice Estoy Aqui Community Care model, helping to deepen connections and support continued resistance and healing.

Circle Logistics

Approach: A combination of healing practice and intergroup dialogue (IGD) is used to encourage the sharing of personal experiences and stories in relation to a topic. 

Population: Each circle is affinity-based (e.g., Latino/x, sexual assault survivors) and relies on the topic chosen by the contractor.

​Capacity: 10 participants max is ideal.

Delivery: 2 hours and a half per circle.

Cost: $600 for a virtual circle or $700 for an in-person circle.

60%

of young people aged 18-34 said that hearing stories about personal mental health issues from their friends, family members, or coworkers inspired them to improve their mental health.

(Project Healthy Minds State of Mental Health Survey, 2021)

40% less

LGBTQ youth who reported having at least one accepting adult were 40% less likely to report a suicide attempt in 2018.

(The Trevor Project, 2019)

86%

of young people aged 18-34 said mental health is as important or more important than physical health.

(Project Healthy Minds State of Mental Health Survey, 2021)

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