Awa­re­ness of wal­king along­side so­meone


Authors: Ingvild-Jorna Bø Abusdal


“The Mon­day hi­king group” was in­itia­ted in 1998 and still exists to­day, twen­ty-five ye­ars la­ter. The group is run by he­alth pro­fes­sio­nals star­ted as a co­ope­ra­ti­on bet­ween the re­gio­nal hos­pi­tal in Sou­thern Nor­way and Kris­ti­an­sand mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, for par­ti­ci­pan­ts with long-term men­tal he­alth chal­lenges. Over the­se ye­ars, the group has star­ted each week wal­king in rain, sun, snow or wind all year round. For some par­ti­ci­pan­ts, an ordi-nary hike feels like clim­bing in thin air towards a moun­tain top. For others wal­king is easy, but the so­cial aspect of a group may be chal­len­ging.
In this ar­tic­le, we fo­cus on the awa­re­ness of wal­king along­side so­meone, by re­flec­ting on fa­ci­li­ta­ting, the si­gni­fi­can­ce of the emo­tio­nal sup­port of­fe­red among the mem­bers and the emo­tio­nal con­nec­ted­ness in long term pro­fes­sio­nal re­la­ti­onships. Ex­em­pli­fied from the group’s histo­ry, Tor­stein’s sto­ry and when the aut­hor were to pre­sent du­ring the In­ter­na­tio­nal Ad­ven­ture The­ra­py Con­fe­rence in 2022.

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