Duyan Expressive Arts Support Groups

Duyan in Filipino is both a cradle and the act of cradling.

Duyan is an expressive arts wellbeing support group. Led by mental health clinicians and expressive arts facilitators, this is your space to be if you’re stressed or burnt out, or experiencing anxiety, worry, or depression. We all have times in our lives where coping is a challenge. This group is here for that.

As a group session, Duyan aims to empower communities as a system for psychosocial support, increasing the accessibility of mental health services by espousing a decolonized, indigenous Filipino approach (pakikipagkapwa).

Why groups?

While these support groups are not considered therapy, Duyan gives you space and time to safely explore feelings, share stories, and learn from others in the group.

Being in a group creates a community that supports and empowers. By exploring thoughts and feelings within a group, we realize that we’re not alone. Participating in a group gives us the chance to explore the support of others and restores a sense of place within ourselves.

Objectives for open (public) groups
  • To make spaces of care accessible as a form of group psychosocial support
  • Cultivate a sense of mutual support, help and friendship between groups of people
  • Connect individuals facing similar challenges and provide a space for them to share personal experiences, feelings, and coping strategies
  • Provide a safe space for individuals to reflect, express themselves and learn from each other in creative ways
Additional objectives for organization-based groups
  • Provide psychological first aid and psychosocial support to those undergoing stress or other concerns
  • Cultivate a sense of mutual support, belonging, acceptance, and community between groups of people who work in a similar context, through a common space for them to learn from each other through sharing of personal experiences, feelings, and coping strategies
Materials needed

Materials suggested will be shared upon confirmation of your slot in the session.

Inquire with our team about Duyan groups for your organization.