By Paula Verrett
NAMI Fox Valley Recovery Specialist
We’ve been busy rolling out our newly revamped Support Group Program this year, and we are excited to offer some new activities to members and consumers.
Last fall, we put our support groups on hold while we reconfigured and made improvements to our offerings and developed additional training for facilitators. We listened to all the feedback we received from our membership survey late last year, have been busy training our facilitators, and are excited about the new changes.
NEW HOPE SUPPORT GROUP
The New Hope Support Group is up and running again, and meets from 6 – 7:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays at the NAMI House. This all-inclusive, consumer-run support group is designed for adults living with mental illness (all diagnoses welcome!). It’s a great place to feel safe, supported and listened to. Participants will also learn about other resources in the community, and are invited to join us on our monthly outings. We will be heading to Poygan next month, on April 13, to celebrate the arrival of spring with a bonfire.
MOOD DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUP
Our new Mood Disorders Support Group got off to a strong start when it met for this first time this past week. This consumer-run group is for those with mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, who are looking for a safe and caring environment where they can receive and offer support and information. The group will meet the first Monday of the month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at NAMI Fox Valley.
JOIN US FOR COFFEE!
For those who’d like a more social, less structured get-together, we are excited to offer our new NAMI Coffee Clutch, which meets from 3:30-5 p.m. Saturdays at the Atlas Cafe (425 W. Water St., Appleton), with the exception of the 2nd Saturday of the month when we do social outings. It’s a lot of fun and we share a lot of laughs!
PLEASE TAKE OUR BOOK CLUB SURVEY
We also have a NAMI Fox Valley book club in the works. We would love your feedback as we decide to how often to meet and what types of books we plan to r
ead. To that end, we invite you to take our book club survey. It will only take a minute or two, and we will keep you posted when we’ve picked our first book and meeting date The survey will close on Thursday, March 21..
Thank you, and we look forward to serving our community with our new offerings!