A companioning presence in the city for those living in homelessness, mental illness, addictions and trauma.

Companionship was developed on the streets of Seattle in a ministry of outreach with persons who were homeless and struggling with serious mental health issues. For more than 25 years, we have had a special concern for the most isolated, vulnerable and difficult to serve souls in our community.

We work with youth who have been tossed out of their homes and young adults who have aged-out of foster care. We work with those who have experienced profound trauma due to violence, abuse or neglect. We work with those who are deeply depressed, struggling with bi-polar disorder or experiencing hallucinations. We work with persons weighed down by drug/alcohol use.

Wounded Healers

We are a people who believe in the healing and life-giving power of a companioning relationship. Many of us have been touched by mental illness and/or trauma in our lives, making us what Jung would call “wounded healers.” We care deeply for our neighbors. Because of this, we seek to create a safe space of connection to those who are most isolated, and to provide a space of support for those engaging in the work of companioning and caregiving.

Chaplain

Following the retirement of Craig Rennebohm, founder of the Mental Health Chaplaincy, Kae Eaton is our chaplain.

Board

We have formed a board of talented, compassionate folks who bring a variety of perspective and skills to support our work.

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The Stigma

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2 out of 3 people will not seek treatment, but 80% of those who are treated show improvement in weeks

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Schizophrenia is a serious disorder of the mind and brain but it is also highly treatable. The treatment success rate with antipsychotic medications and psycho-social therapies can be high.

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70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. Up to 20% of these people go on to develop PTSD.

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People with bipolar disorder face up to 10 years of coping with symptoms before getting an accurate diagnosis.

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Autism now affects 1 in 68 children. Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S.

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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States of 18% of the population.

The 5 Practices of Companionship

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Creating a free, friendly, and sacred space for the stranger.

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Sharing common time and space, beginning as human beings.

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Looking out at the world together, honoring each other's unique gifts and perspective.

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Listen carefully, in community and over time, to hear especially the language of the soul and the story of hope and wholness in us each.

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Accompany one another, both in practice and in spirit, on a healing journey so that, together, we experience recovery and grow toward wellness.