Mental Health Support Group For people suffering from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and problems with relationships.
Why a Support Group?
Mental Health Support Group
message from facilitator:
I feel engaged to help. I feel a strong need and desire to be of assistance to people struggling with life. Facilitating this group I think is one way I can.
It's us and our life experiences that make us who we are. Ideally the group members help each other.
Anyone can attend. You don't need to share. Any thoughts, spoken or unspoken, are welcome.
I am interested in improving care for people and myself with emotional fears that sometimes dominate our lives. I see these problems can be overcome. The times we feel good can be maintained the difficult times made less. The right kind of help needs to exist for everyone, without judgement, whether it's a brief encounter with depression or a life long struggle.
This help comes from many sources.
There are many national established organizations that have helped people for centuries. Please see the PAGES section at the top of the site.
There are countless other resources. It's just best to do what makes sense to you, I think. We try to talk about the many things that promote wellness in the group, too. If anyone's not able to do this, it's totally understood by me.
Group Format and Guidelines
The group meets from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
The way the group works:
At the beginning of the meeting
We check in with everyone saying who we are and anything we want to share that is on our minds today, something we may be thinking or feeling. We share for a about a minute to start. You don't need to share.
Most of the meeting
We may discuss a suggested topic. We might share thoughts about how it relates to our individual lives.
If the group is small, the members will each have their own amount of time to talk to share what they want and to receive feedback from the group.
At the end of the meeting
We will check in with everyone the last ten minutes or so near the end of the group. We may talk about something we might do in the next couple of weeks to take care of ourselves. Or, we might want to mention how we’re thinking or feeling. Or, possibly we talk about something we want to work on or a goal we may want to set for ourselves. There is no necessity to say anything.
We may naturally summarize what seemed to be a theme of the meeting.
We try to listen to each other.
All information we share remains confidential.
Members are not allowed to participate in the meeting if intoxicated.
We can talk about stigma and information concerning how medication may make us feel taking it, but not specific medications or side effects.