[Topic] Reclaiming Your Definitions
Often times, those living with Mental Opportunities adhere too closely to the stereo type that society has written for us. They begin to identify themselves by their "mental illness" and succumb to adopting a predefined lifestyle that makes self-identity and recovery incredibly difficult to rewrite.
For this Potluck, we will be writing definitions for all mental opportunities. We are not looking for scientific jargon or reiteration. The goal here is to use your own words to begin to learn what you think about mental opportunity and what you understand the opportunity to be.
+ Table Conversation +
Pass your definitions to your left. Invite everyone to read all the definitions to themselves, choosing 3 to share out loud. Talk openly about the definitions that were shared and what we agree/don't agree with. This is how we begin to understand how the community we live in views mental illness!
Directions this conversation can take:
At the end of Potluck #1, have everyone present choose 3 slips of paper from a bag or hat. Each slip of paper lists a common cooking ingredient, vegetable, fruit. For Potluck #2, each member will create a dish with the 3 slips of paper they chose. For this potluck, we will begin to think about mental opportunity in a tangible way. This means renaming your ingredients with 3 mental opportunities you feel you come in contact with most frequently.
Example: If I chose, "Black Pepper", "Cherries" and "Tomatoes" as my 3 ingredients, I will rename them, "Depression", "Anxiety" and "Anorexia" and attempt to create something with them.
1 / 4 tsp of Anxiety (Black Pepper)
3 large pieces of Anorexia (Tomatoes), sliced.
1 ball of mozzarella, sliced
6 leaves of basil, diced.
1/2 tsp of salt
2 tbs of Depression (Cherry) syrup
Cut your Anorexia and mozzarella in to slices and arrange, alternating & slightly overlapping on a plate. Sprinkle Anxiety and salt over everything. Drizzle depression in lines over the Anorexia and mozzarella. Garnish with diced basil. Serve cold or room temperature.