In response to the June 24 Dobbs decision, the GLO Center is partnering with local mental health providers to offer community support group sessions for those who ask the question “What do we do now?” »
The support group is intended to help people deal with decisions that have been made and “threats to their rights that are yet to come,” according to the GLO Center press release.
GLO Center co-chair Arianna Beckman was inspired to launch it after a conversation with a friend about the Supreme Court ruling. Judge Clarence Thomas suggested that the court should also consider Griswold v. Connecticut, Lawrence v. Texas and Obergefell v. Hodges, which respectively deal with access to contraception, activity same-sex sexual relations and same-sex marriage. .
“She said something about ‘It’s not a good time to be living in America.’ And it hit me instantly. How many people believe that wholeheartedly right now?” Beckman said. “How many people, because of Supreme Court rulings and opinions, don’t want to be alive?”
Beckman, a psychology graduate and therapy proponent, decided to reach out to area therapists and counselors to help community members deal with recent events.
The center has partnered with PFLAG Springfield as well as mental health providers from the Ozarks Counseling Center, Gay Resources of the Ozarks, WheelHouse Therapy LLC, Sarah Fry Counseling Services LLC and others.
Everyone is welcome and can attend multiple sessions if needed. There is no charge to attend the session. Mental health experts will lead the groups and share information on how to connect with additional resources at the end of the group.
The support groups will take place from Monday July 11 and will continue until Sunday July 17, during lunch hours and in the evening so that people have a wide range of opportunities to attend, according to the press release. GLO Center press.
Sessions will be held at the GLO Center, 518 E. Commercial St.; the Schweitzer-Brentwood Library Center, 2214 Brentwood Boulevard; the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave.; and at the Jordan Valley location in Tampa, 440 E. Tampa St.
Susan Szuch is the health and public policy reporter for the Springfield News-Leader. Follow her on Twitter @szuchsm. Story idea? Email him at [email protected]