We are delighted to welcome a new mood disorder support group meeting in Carneys Point, Salem County. The group will start meeting on May 6, 2015, meeting weekly from that date on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Healthcare Commons Family Health Services, 500 Pennsville-Auburn Rd, Carneys Point, NJ 08069. Please see their web page for information about the group. For additional information or questions, please contact Heather at 856-279-2280, or by email using the form on the right side of their web page.
DBSA Princeton presented a Community Education Panel on Depression yesterday at NAMI Mercer’s offices in Lawrenceville. The program was developed by the DBSA national organization to encourage affiliated chapters, such as Princeton, to do outreach to and educate the community. The five panelists are attendees of DBSA Princeton’s support group for persons affected by mood disorders.
Panelists and attendees alike participated in an animated and emotive discussion about the experience of depression, how it affects lives, and coping strategies. Topics included depression and relationships, the workplace and dual diagnosis. Also discussed were depression and men, young adults, and suicidal thoughts. Regarding the last, an attendee remarked about being impressed by how a person can turn such thinking into a coping mechanism by “deferring to a planned future date” to put a time limit on suffering, while allowing for life circumstances to change, it is hoped, for the better, thereby improving one’s perspective on life.
DBSA Princeton’s support groups meet Tuesday at 7:30 PM at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. For more information, see http://dbsanewjersey.org/princeton or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. NAMI Mercer has been serving the needs of families and persons affected by mental illness for about 30 years. Information on their many programs, including the annual Harvest of Hope conference on Saturday, October 11, is at http://namimercer.org. You may reach them by calling 609-799-8994 or emailing to email@example.com.
To help provide peer, family and community support, DBSA Princeton will present a Depression Community Education Program to be held at NAMI Mercer on Sunday October 5, 2014. The program will run from 2 PM to 4 PM. NAMI Mercer is in Lawrence Township at the Lawrence Commons building which can be accessed from the Porsche Dealer—Lawrence Commons entrance to Mercer Mall on US Route 1 South. Directions are at http://namimercer.org/about/directions.shtml. The entrance to NAMI Mercer is at the distant (downhill) end of the building
The Depression Community Education program is a two-hour session that features educational videos, open dialogue and panel discussions. It is free and open to people diagnosed with a mood disorder as well as family, friends and the general public. The program utilizes personal stories to focus on
The program was created by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) to help educate individuals about depression and help them learn from first-hand stories of those dealing with the many facets of depression. Depression and bipolar disorder affect more than 21 million Americans and account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year. After proper diagnosis and treatment, the support of others is vital to a lifetime of wellness.
This event launches NAMI Mercer’s activities for Mental Illness Awareness Week from October 5 to 11, culminating in their sixth annual Harvest of Hope Conference on October 11. For information about these events, and the many other programs and resources they provide, visit http://namimercer.org.
DBSA Princeton has held weekly peer support group meetings since 2004 at the University Medical Center of Princeton where persons living with a mood disorder, including family and friends, can find comfort and direction in a confidential and supportive setting. Information is at http://dbsanewjersey.org/princeton.
Thank you for responding to our call for online votes to support DBSA’s application for the Chicago area Humana Foundation’s Community Benefits Grant for 2014. Though we won the online vote, the grant went to PCC Community Wellness to create a community farm. Details are in their blog post. As the grant program is focused on benefiting the local community, whereas DBSA is a Chicago based organization with national reach, that we made it to the finalist round is quite an accomplishment!
On September 7, DBSA Princeton made our second presentation about our support group meetings to in-patients at a local psychiatric facility. We previously presented at the facility, which we don’t have permission at this time to identify, on June 15 and will continue these visits quarterly. A mental health counselor offered our group this opportunity to connect with patients to make them aware of the support from groups such as ours available to them after they are discharged. He observed that “We’re fortunate to have caring community partners such as yours to help make an impact.”
The meetings begin with an explanation of what happens at a support group meeting and how that helps, and our guiding principles and rules. For those who are interested in the experience, we then conduct a peer support meeting. Literature about DBSA support group meetings and how they work, and information on meeting locations and times in the New Jersey area are provided.
To date we have presented to 30 patients at the facility. Their response has been good, with those who participated in the support group meetings especially appreciative of how such support can help them towards wellness and thankful to have our meetings available to them.
The mental health counselor who arranged these visits went on to say that “DBSA’s presentations are conducted in a supportive and caring environment in which our patients feel comfortable asking questions and disclosing information about themselves. Through their attendance, our patients have been able learn about the benefits of participating in a support group directly from a peer who has been helped.”
DBSA Princeton is working with an additional psychiatric facility to present about our meetings. At the second location, we may have the opportunity to present to out-patients as well as in-patients, and also mental health staff.
DBSA is a Chicago area finalist, one of three, being considered for a $350,000 Communities Benefit Grant from the Humana Foundation. The foundation is welcoming your vote for the non-profit you would like to receive this grant. Number of votes received count for 20 per cent of the non-profit’s score towards awarding the grant. Go to this web page to cast your vote for DBSA. You may vote once daily from today through August 22 (you are asked to enter your email address to protect against repeat votes the same day).
The grant, if awarded, will be used to create a Peer Leadership Center offering resources, continuing education, training, and information to potential and current Peer Specialists. This rapidly emerging workforce employs individuals to assist their peers in gaining information and support from the community to make their wellness goals a reality. They serve as guides and living role models of the possibility of recovery, despite steep challenges.
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