Our Groups

This Group meets to read and discuss varying topics regarding personal mental health recovery. The main resource used by this group is “The Power of Procovery in Healing Mental Illness” written by Kathleen Crowley. The Procovery approach emphasizes pro-active actions that move an individual towards a healthier life style of managing their psychiatric symptoms. Some of us may not be able to return to a previous state of health (as one would recover from a physical illness), but all of us can move forward toward a productive and fulfilling life. In her book, Kathleen Crowley defines Procovery as “Attaining a productive and fulfilling life regardless of the level of health others may assume is attainable”.
Dual Diagnosis Group (Addiction and Mental Illness)
Federal statistical data indicates that a person with mental illness is 50 times more likely to misuse or abuse a chemical substance. This Group meets to provide support to people who have a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse. The Group utilizes the 12 step program of Dual Recovery Anonymous, (DRA). With the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous, DRA has modified the traditional AA program to include attention to the influences mental illness and substance abuse has on each other. The Group meets to discuss a topic or step as it pertains to remaining abstinent from mind altering chemicals, and; How to work a personal program of recovery to help manage symptoms of emotional or psychiatric illnesses.
Anxiety & Depression Support Group
This Group utilizes the program designed by Midwest Center for Anxiety Stress: 15 lessons take individuals through the various symptoms, causes, coping skills, and recovery tools that help reduce debilitating episodes of anxiety, panic, and depression. Anxiety and depression often occur together, and many of the coping strategies and skills work to diminish either condition. The group meets to discuss individual progress and experience. Each week a lesson from the program is reviewed and program worksheets are handed out to be worked on privately. After listening to the program CD a group discussion is encouraged to help discuss the lesson and coping skills presented, and how they can be applied to each individual’s recovery plans.
General Support
The General Support group offers the opportunity for individuals living with various mental illnesses, to find general recovery orientated support. A typical meeting allows time for personal check-ins with the group, and then focuses on a topic generated from the group’s input. Individuals are encouraged to share their experience and recovery with others. Group members offer support and encouragement to each other. The Group utilizes the Ten components of mental health recovery encouraged by SAMHSA and, principals of recovery as taught by NAMI (National Alliance for Mentally Illness). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as: A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
Bipolar Support Group
Members of this group work together to support each other through the high and low periods of this condition. They discuss topics such as: Lifestyle changes, behavioral changes, medications, supplemental diets, medication compliance, establishing a support system and creating a healthy self-care plan.
1 on 1 meetings for Peer Support
Individual 1 hour sessions can be arranged with any one of our trained peer support specialists. Peer support provides an opportunity for people who are struggling to talk with a person has been there. Peer Support Specialists do not provide therapeutic counseling. Individuals are given an opportunity to share their feelings, frustrations, challenges and concerns they on experience on their recovery journey. Peer Support Specialists help people focus on their strengths and assets in order to find possible solutions and progress in recovery.