Families Supporting Families
The onset of a mental illness can stress even the strongest of families. The debilitating stigma of mental illness further complicates recovery; it isolates those who are struggling with questions and conflicting emotions, at a time when they are most in need of support, information and encouragement.
Mental illness impacts the lives of at least 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children, or 60 million Americans. Research has proven that sharing experiences, and knowing how to help and respond to a loved one who suffers from a mental illness, reduces isolation and stress, and improves the chances of recovery.
What we know about mental illnesses:
• They are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
• Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
• They can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income.
• Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing.
• There is hope! Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in treatment.
Coping with all of the “unknowns” along with the sadness and grief, fear, anger, isolation, or guilt – all normal feelings – can be a confusing and scary place to be. It’s important to know that you are not alone; there are answers and that there is hope of recovery.
Families Supporting Families is a free community support group for families and friends who have been impacted by a mental illness of a loved one. The Families Supporting Families support group can help alleviate stresses by providing an opportunity to share personal experiences and to learn more about mental illness from mental health experts. The support groups are facilitated by a Forest View Hospital clinician.
Families Supporting Families meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room (enter in south side of building under green Partial Hospital awning).
AA Meeting-Self led
Sundays: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Eating Disorders Support Group
2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For more information, please call 616.942.9610.