Doing KINDNESS re:neurodiversity
We are kind to people with mental illness or in emotional distress, and we celebrate neurodiversity.
Please don’t wait to be “normal” or “well” before you come to church. We’re ready to receive you with your sadness, or your social anxiety, or your unnameable, undiagnosed quirkiness. Lots of us have been there, or are there, or know somebody there. Compassion, transparency, and empowerment are the gifts we can offer. We are especially loving toward kids who are looking for friends who will love them just as they are.
Welcome to my brain
“Welcome To My Brain” is a peer-to-peer conversation group for adults around mental health and unhealth. Persons who come can expect friendly support and truth-telling about mental illness, emotional distress, and neurodiversity.
We believe every person should have every chance to grow into the whole, healthy person they are intended to be, with support for the quirky individualism of each person’s brain chemistry, life experience, and coping style. We do not recruit for our church from the group.
Each meeting starts with a topic, like “mental health and meds” or “faith and psychology.” But the conversation goes wherever the group needs it to go.
Two trained leaders facilitate conversation and maintain the group covenant. They’re not counselors; they’re active guides so the group members can help each other. Hannah Olsen and Eleanor Garrett are the best facilitators we could have hoped for.
Welcome To My Brain does not offer counseling or one-on-one help. We recommend resources for needs that come up in the group: for counseling, for crisis help, and more.
Email us for more information.
ELEANOR keeps moving west through the DFW metroplex. She hopes she’s found a good landing place, as she’s found that geographic cures don’t really work. Plus, she’s found Galileo Church, which represents everything she stands for — namely, doing right by the world. She has a BA in vocal studies but discovered her true calling as a mental health advocate following brain surgery for epilepsy and a subsequent year-long “vacation” in rehab for anorexia nervosa. (To say that she has fought a lifelong battle against her gray matter might be an understatement.) She earned her master’s degree in special education with an emphasis on emotional and behavioral disorders and currently works as a school diagnostician. She finds that creativity has been a lifesaver: knitting, spinning, drawing, composing, writing, singing, playing the keys, or baking are all part of her ongoing recovery. Eleanor says, “Peer-to-peer support groups have been vital to maintaining my recovery and sanity. Until I realized there were other people living this same fight, I thought that there was no point in fighting, because I didn’t think serenity was possible. Just knowing that someone has experienced something similar can make all the difference in the world.”
HANNAH stumbled upon G-Study (a Galileo Church small group) in a coffee shop one day, and her world has never been the same. Having grown up near-fundamentalist and then traveling through a dramatic change in beliefs, Galileo is the church she didn’t dare to dream existed. Hannah is a librarian in a public library by day; a bookworm by night; a spouse and mom; former homeschooled kid; and a big sister to many (literally, she has a huge family-of-origin). She has been fascinated by what makes people tick for many years, but that didn’t keep her from totally missing the depression she had on and off starting in high school. Postpartum depression got her to see a therapist; life and her spouse eventually got her to see a psychiatrist. Having discovered the wonders of head meds through the personal experiences of being on them and being around family who are now on them, Hannah is all in favor of things that help people get better; in breaking the stigma that surrounds mental illness; and the sincere sharing of stories and encounters that let people know they aren’t alone.
the quiet room
Better info coming as soon we get our s*** together.