BUOY – A Weekly LGBTQ-Affirming Support Group

BUOY (Building Understanding of Yourself) is an LGBTQ-affirming support group offered every Thursday at 12pm that focuses on developing and practicing safe strategies for coping with difficult life experiences.

BUOY encourages participants to apply new skills and information in their own lives. In this safe space, participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences while gaining perspective and insight from the experiences of others. This is a great group to attend if you are looking to heal from trauma, grow as a person, and/or build community with others.

Core concepts:

  • Stay safe
  • Respect yourself
  • Use coping – not substances – to escape the pain
  • Make the present and future better than the past
  • Learn to trust
  • Take good care of your body
  • Get help from safe people
  • To heal fully from PTSD, become substance-free
  • If one method doesn’t work, try something else
  • Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never give up!

Weekly topics include:

  • Safety
  • PTSD: Taking Back Your Power
  • Detaching from Emotional Pain
  • When Substances Control You
  • Asking for Help
  • Taking Good Care of Yourself
  • Compassion
  • Red and Green Flags
  • Honest
  • Recovery Thinking
  • Integrating the Split Self
  • Commitment
  • Creating Meaning
  • Community Resources
  • Setting Boundaries in Relationships
  • Discovery
  • Getting Others to Support Your
  • Recovery
  • Coping with Triggers
  • Respecting Your Time
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Self-Nurturing
  • Healing from Anger
  • Life Choices

By attending support groups, you’ll learn 84 safe coping skills such as:

  • Ask for help
  • Inspire yourself
  • Set a boundary
  • When in doubt, do what’s hardest
  • Seeking understanding, not blame
  • Create a new story
  • Avoid avoidable suffering
  • Listen to your needs
  • Set an action plan
  • Soothing talk
  • Let go of destructive relationships
  • Think of the consequences
  • Prioritize healing
  • Reach for community resources
  • Learn from experience
  • Actions first and feelings will follow
  • Get others to support your recovery
  • Notice what you can control

Reach out to Courtney for more info: cwaters2@email.arizona.edu.


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