LETS spaces exist in whatever form the community needs, though all LETS spaces are equipped with the same, basic guidelines and principles. LETS spaces offer peer-run groups, where you will find comfort and direction in a confidential and supportive setting.
The selection of services offered differs by each space, depending upon the needs of its participants — but usually includes some form of body-based movement (yoga or meditation), psychoeducation, coping skills, sharing stories + questions, hearing from speakers, and learning about ourselves and those around us.
Facilitated by Peers
• By a fellow Brown student who is a trained Peer Mental Health Advocate
• Meeting regularly and consistently
• Discussion at support group meetings is facilitated by a group participant, and this is important to the group’s smooth functioning.
• The facilitator guides discussion, provides focus to the group, and helps ensure that the group’s guidelines are followed.
• Each person has the ability to make appropriate use of available resources to meet their own needs.
• All of us together know more than any one of us alone.
• Everyone has value and has something to add to a group process.
• Each person is the ultimate authority on what they need and on what will work for them.
• Each person's story and experience will be heard and valued
• Group members may not provide advice/solutions to other group members.
Safe and Accepting
• Participants make the group a safe place by fostering a supportive, trustworthy, respectful, non-judgmental, and nurturing atmosphere.
• All those attending share experiences that can help others live successfully with mental illness.
• People use information they’ve gained from others at the meeting and the mental health professionals they work with to make their own judgments about correct strategies for themselves.
• Open and honest communication is important to a positive group experience.
• Support groups operate on the following premise: "What we say here stays here.” No one may publicly reveal information about the people attending the group or what is said during a meeting.
• Exceptions to this policy are made only when the safety of an individual is in danger.
• Participants are not required to provide personal contact information if they do not wish to do so.