Peer Wellness Initiative
Making space in a busy world is not easy. With the distractions that life offers wellness is not a state of mind or a static goal but a journey. Whether it’s looking for tools to find focus and balance through mindfulness, tips and techniques for healthy eating or reclaiming living space from clutter, our Peer Wellness Initiative can help.
We provide both individual and group supports.
Peer support and services for individuals include:
· Defining Wellness values and goals
· Learning about nutrition and healthy eating
· Developing self-care and mindfulness techniques
· Tips, tools and techniques to help a participant declutter and keep their home
· An individual Wellness and Recovery Action Plans (WRAP®)
· Providing connection to the larger peer community while decreasing isolation
· Resources and referrals
· Connecting to community services and groups
We offer education, support, treatment, and groups on a variety of topics that enlighten, inform and motivate participants to create meaningful change in their lives.
To access services contact Terri Byrne at [email protected] or (415) 421-2926 x306.
We are leaders in policy development and implementation. Our conferences provide a forum where consumers, service providers, housing providers, and researchers can learn and gain insight from each other. We seek to change the conversation around hoarding and lessen the stigma. Find slides and resources from the 18th Annual ICHC Conference held March 2018 here.
For Individuals who Clutter, Hoard or just Collect too much stuff, ICHC is more than just a set of initials. It’s where they can find the non-judgmental support they deserve - where they can feel heard and respected and discover the information and resources they need to succeed. Check out our SUPPORT services here.
This year, we introduced NURTURE – an innovative wellness program that lets participants find balance and meaning in their lives. NURTURE teaches mindfulness skills, basic nutrition and the development of individualized wellness plans. For people with ‘too much stuff’, NURTURE enables them to find themselves and not be defined by the clutter. Learn more here.
We humans love to collect stuff. From the days when we wandered the savannah foraging and collecting food supplies to today when we engage in a little ‘retail therapy’, the objects in our lives give us a sense of stability, safety, and status. Stuff makes us feel good.
But when does our love of stuff get to be too much? Collectors often take pride in their collections. They enjoy curating and displaying their items. ‘Packrats’ ‘Clutter bugs’ or simply people with ‘too much stuff’ are more likely to have piles of items: out of control and in the way. Shame and guilt mean these ‘collections’ are hidden away.
People can hoard animals as well as inanimate objects.
It is estimated that 12,000 to 25,000 adults in San Francisco have hoarding behaviors. Hoarding is often isolating and hidden. Typically only the most severe cases are reported to police or public health departments.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to see IF you MAY have a problem:
- ☐Do you find it challenging to discard or let go of your possessions?
- ☐ Do you have difficulty passing up on a bargain, “freebie,” yard sale or reading materials?
- ☐ Are your rooms and/or furniture unusable for their intended purpose?
- ☐ Are you feeling overwhelmed or distressed by the amount of stuff in your living space?
- ☐ Are you embarrassed to allow visitors inside?
- ☐ Are you in financial or housing trouble because of collecting and storing your possessions?
- ☐ Could your collected things pose a potential health, safety, or fire hazard?
What if I need help?
You are not alone! We have been providing support and services for over a decade. Click here to learn more about SUPPORT.
We offer support groups, treatment groups and 1 to 1 support for people who have too much stuff. All our groups are led by peers who model recovery and resilience
Weekly Drop-In Support Group
• A safe, gentle non-judgmental space to share your experiences with ‘too much stuff’
• Peer-facilitated – some-one who know first-hand the struggle with too much clutter
• Learn tools and techniques to help declutter
• You’re not alone
• Free and no long-term commitment
• A great introduction to the services that MHASF’s SUPPORT and NURTURE offers
1st and 3rd Mondays: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
2nd and 4th Wednesdays: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
870 Market St, Suite 781 (Market and Powell)
San Francisco, CA 94102
For the current schedule click here.
• Provides a non-judgmental and culturally supportive space for LGBTQ seniors 55+ where they can share stories of their struggles, strategies, and successes.
• Peer-facilitated with their own lived expertise and systems for working through the challenges of living with clutter.
1st & 3rd Wednesdays: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Open House: 65 Laguna St. SF CA.
If an individual is at risk of losing their home due to too much clutter we can provide individual peer support.
We know how it feels to be overwhelmed. And we know recovery – and change – is possible. We are a diverse team of Peer Coaches and we want to help.
WHAT WE DO:
- We listen to your situation without judgment.
- We follow your lead, process, and goals.
- We respect your confidentiality.
- We can suggest tips, strategies, and resources.
- We can make 1-3 home visits to establish a relationship and offer support.
- We may accompany you to hearings, inspections, and storage spaces.
- We can help you connect to support groups and a larger peer community.
- We encourage your action and self-empowerment.
- We model recovery and hope.
WHAT WE DON’T DO:
- Judge or criticize you.
- Touch, move or remove your possessions.
- Set goals for you or force you.
- Work weekends or after 5 pm.
An innovative program that teaches a values-based approach to living through mindfulness and nutrition. We take a holistic approach to individual recovery by modeling healthy living, well-being, participant resiliency, and self-management.
Join us for a brief Orientation to the NURTURE program. This interactive discussion shows you how the program works to help you identify, plan, and achieve your wellness goals. Learn about and sign up for One-to-one Support with our Peer Coaches!
3rd Thursdays: 1:00 - 2:00pm
870 Market St, Suite 781 (Market and Powell), San Francisco, CA 94102
In this fun half-day Wellness extravaganza you’ll discover practical tools to help you create your wellness and resiliency toolbox. We discuss and play with Mindfulness Skills, Values Identification, and Eating Well. There be lots of time for Interactive and informative group discussions and activities – and food!
Call Terri Byrne at (415) 421-2926 x306 to learn when the next event is scheduled.
870 Market St, Suite 781 (Market and Powell), San Francisco, CA 94102
Here are some tools that you may find useful:
MHASF Resource List for Minimizing Clutter – a printable brochure providing a summary of resources, including cleaning services, hauling services and more.
MHASF Drop-In Support Group Schedule – Find a community with this free peer-led support group.
MHASF List of Services – See the range of groups that MHASF Offers.
Clutter Image Rating Scale - a series of photographs showing progressive degrees of clutter in various rooms. Pick the picture that most matches your situation.
OCD Foundation Hoarding Fact Sheet – contains tip on helping family and friends