WalkTheTalk

WalkTheTalk

At a glance

Causes

  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • Mental health

Other details

Organisation type: 
Small or unincorporated organisation
Geographical remit: 
National - Britain

Objectives

We help you fight back against your social anxiety with the power of peer support and a process that works. So you can gradually face life and grow bigger than your anxiety.

Although it feels like it, you’re not alone. For every 15 people you know, one will be living with social anxiety disorder. Not the entirely natural pre-presentation or first date nerves, but the life-altering anxiety that comes with everyday interactions. It’s unsurprising that it takes us an average 20 years before we ‘do’ something about it.

We start to adopt ‘safety behaviours’ such as avoidance, keeping quiet in group settings or over-preparing for interactions. These give us a short-term relief, but soon subside to feelings of guilt, low self esteem and act as a slow puncture to our confidence. It becomes hard to get out of the hole. Saying no to life means missed opportunities. Relationships can suffer, earnings can take a hit and joy and meaning can be sucked out of life. But the good news is, it’s entirely reversible.

For the past two years we've been running weekly drop-in peer group sessions. We've had 1.4k people register and an estimated 600 people attend. People leave feeling better than when they came (average rating of 4.8/5 after 141 reviews).

But to meet the demand and help more people, we need to grow.

Our vision is to become the AA for social anxiety. A group on your doorstep, welcoming and accessible, and forever free.

Activities

We help you overcome social anxiety.

We do it by providing a proven process, amplified by the support of peer support groups - an especially powerful tool for social anxiety.

Groups are at the heart of our approach. They give you the wisdom to understand your anxiety and the confidence to try new things, rewiring your habits for good.

The key to overcoming social anxiety is to drop your safety behaviours and focus outwardly. It’s not easy, but it’s possible. That’s why we provide easy-to-follow guides and templates and the support of a group to give you the confidence to do it.

You can try new things outside or even inside the group to start with. It’s a safe environment where you can experiment and grow.

 

What we provide

  • Peer support group: A safe and supportive space where you can connect with others who understand what you’re going through. Your peers will cheer you on, help you overcome obstacles, challenge your negative thoughts, and keep you motivated. ‘Practice’ on your group and with buddies.
  • Member guide: An easy-to-follow guide and templates. Together with the support of your group, these will give you the know-how and confidence to overcome social anxiety.
  • Journal template: Challenge yourself by writing down what you try, track your progress and rewire deep-rooted beliefs.
  • Daily challenges:  Daily email with a new quick challenge to put you out of your comfort zone. Build confidence with new things to try each day.
  • Ideas and resources to help form new habits: Learn how to set goals, identify safety behaviours, practice in-the-moment coping techniques and more.

Current opportunities

Remote

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