The Phoenix Rising symbolizes the strength and resilience of those who have lived through and survived some very difficult experiences.
When We Meet: Support group meets the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Support Group Dates:
November 13, 2010
December 11, 2010
January 8, 2011
February 12, 2011
March 12, 2011
April 9, 2011
May 14, 2011
June 11, 2011
July 9, 2011
August 13, 2011
September 10, 2011
October 8, 2011
November 12, 2011
December 10, 2011
January 14, 2012
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
First United Methodist Church Richardson First Center
515 Custer Road
Richardson, TX 75080
The meeting is not inside the Church. The First Center is the house across the street from the First United Methodist Church Richardson campus.
Even though the meeting is held in a church facility (house) this meeting is not affiliated with any religion and is not religious in nature. Discussion of religion or politics during our support group meetings is prohibited as those topics tend to cause unwanted controversy.
The support group focuses on the mental health recovery aspect of mental health illnesses like Depression, Bipolar (BP), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Asperger's in the following ways:
1. Making connections - Meeting others with depression or another mental health condition may make you feel less alone or isolated. A safe and welcoming environment, filled with compassion and understanding, can also reduce any stigma you may feel over having depression or another mental disorder.
2. Improving your coping skills - Support groups offer the chance to draw on collective experiences. Others who have "been there" may have tips or advice about coping with your condition that hasn't occurred to you. Brainstorming with others may inspire even more ideas. For instance, swapping information about antidepressants can help you see how others handle side effects.
3. Getting motivated - Support groups can encourage you to seek professional treatment if you haven't already. They may also encourage you to take a more active role in your treatment or stick to your treatment plan. And they may help you tap into community resources, such as housing or transportation assistance.
4. Finding hope - Sharing experiences and making connections can make you feel better about life in general. Seeing others make strides against depression or another mental illness may give you hope about your own future.
The format will be casual, informative, and supportive.
Please keep in mind that this group is not meant to take the place of seeking professional help for your therapy or medication needs as we are not doctors.
Members of the group are either consumers or family members of a consumer or someone with Asperger's or family members of someone with Asperger's. (A consumer is a person with a mental illness.)
"All of the issues discussed in this support group are private and personal. We wish to maintain confidentiality and anonymity. Support group members are reminded that “what is said in the group stays in the group."
There are no fees for attending this support group meeting.
You are more than welcome to bring a snack and something to drink.
Thank you and we hope to see you soon.
Phoenix Rising Support Group Facilitator
Please only contact me only if you have serious inquiries about the group!
Thank you for cooperation and understanding.
“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
If you are feeling suicidal or need immediate help please call your doctor, a family member, a friend or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), Deaf Hotline 1-800-4TTY (1-800-799-4889) or go to your closest emergency room.