SM Talking Circles and COVID-19

Jane Salazar, founder of SM Talking Circles, talks about her group for adults with a history of selective mutism that has led to mental distress. She set up the group after her own experiences led to her wanting to join a peer group.

They have been able to move online with an updated Zoom account and have started planning the use of non-verbal platforms like Miro or Jamboard for their group using money from the NSUN COVID-19 fund. They are also creating letter/email templates for members of the group to use to help communicate with services or employers – you can see a previous example here. Members’ confidence has been growing online, and they are looking into setting up sub-groups for producing more resources for adults with selective mutism. 

To find out more about the group, you can contact them at