How can someone with these mental health problems be a part of our community?
February 8, 2011 11:27 AM Subscribe
Mental health/safe space question.
posted by lover to human relations (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I "work" at a 100% volunteer-run organization that is 2 years old in its current incarnation - so relatively new. We have a volunteer* with mental health problems. He confuses the past with the future and speaks stream-of-consciousness, for instance. He is a well-meaning volunteer, but several of our primary volunteers have been having trouble with him. He pays an inappropriate amount of attention to young ladies who come into our shop - this can be corrected relatively easily by redirecting his attention to a different project, but that takes some effort that some of the primary volunteers aren't interested in dealing with, and nonetheless creates something of a liability.
We aim to have a "safe space
" environment, which means that we need to be welcoming both to young ladies, and
people with mental health problems, like him. Current discussions appear to be headed toward a ban. I am rather uncomfortable with this, but see where they're coming from. What options do you see for our organization in handling this?
*we don't currently have restrictions on who can volunteer - anyone who shows up and is interested in helping out is welcome.