OF THE DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP
purpose of the Depression Support Group is to provide
support to individuals suffering from major depression
or dysthymia, a mild form of depression. We
offer a comfortable, safe environment in which to
discuss experiences and problems related to depression.
Members are encouraged to give support and
receive support from other members of the group.
We provide information about depression and
its treatment to group members and their families.
The group is not intended for people diagnosed
with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression.
We can offer a referral to a different group for
people with bipolar disorder.
group facilitators assist members with identifying
their issues/problems which may be causing or influencing
their depression. This group is for members who
are actively working on identifying or working through
their issues. Facilitators can also help members
locate mental health professionals (psychiatrists,
therapists, etc.) who can assist them in dealing
with their depression and working through their
is important to understand that we are not a
substitute for professional therapy, rather
we serve as one part of the treatment model for
depression, which consists of a psychiatrist, therapist,
support system/group, education, and healthy lifestyle
changes. Your psychiatrist will prescribe medication
for you, while your therapist or counselor is someone
you can talk to on a regular basis for professional
support and guidance. Your support system may include
your family, friends, spirituality and a support
group. Education means learning about your illness
and empowering yourself to get the help you need
from those around you. Finding and making lifestyle
choices that are right for you, like relaxing, eating
healthy, and exercising will also help your recovery.
We believe the best treatment for depression exists
when all of these components are in place.
group and its facilitators can help you process
what you discuss with your therapist and the information
and suggestions he/she offers. We can help you learn
how to use the tools your therapist teaches you. We do not warrant information you may gain concerning any provider nor do we license, endorse, or recommend any particular provider. Only you will be able to determine whether the quaility of care is appropriate for your need.
SHOULD ATTEND THE DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP
Depression Support Group is intended for people
who are experiencing situational depression due
to a major loss or life change or those who have
been diagnosed with either major depression or dysthymia.
This group is not intended for persons with other
primary diagnoses. We will be happy to refer
members with other diagnoses to other groups that
would better suit their needs. Meetings are open,
meaning friends and family members of people with
depression are welcome to attend if the member agrees.
Depression Support Group has been meeting weekly
since December 4, l992. Average attendance can be
anywhere from 6 to 15 members. More than 300 people
have benefited from the Group. Members can come
for a few weeks while they are in need of additional
support or they can stay with the group for several
months, or years--It is really up to you!
OF THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
Mental Health Association of Northern Kentucky provides
the facilitator, sponsors the group, advertises
its presence, and provides information on depression
to the public and to group members. MHA also provides
a meeting place and facilitators for the group.
PROCESS FOR THE DEPRESSION GROUP
ask that you call the number below before attending
your first meeting. We will ask you some questions
pertaining to your situation (your primary diagnosis,
how you heard about the group, etc.). After you
attend two or three groups, the facilitators will
contact you by phone or set up a meeting with you
to discuss whether or not you feel the group will
meet your needs and if you feel the group is appropriate
for you. The facilitators will also determine whether
or not the group seems appropriate for your current
situation and offer suggestions if not.
Recovery Network of Northern Kentucky offers a weekly
support group for those recovering from Schizophrenia.
There are a number of people who meet at RNNK each
week for support in dealing with the outside world.
Meetings are held every Wednesday afternoon starting
at 1:30pm. Recovery Network is located at 513 Madison
Avenue, 2nd Floor in Covington. For more information
or questions please call RNNK at
431-2134 or visit their web site at http://rnnk.org.
Recovery of Individual
Dreams and Goals
through Education and
is a consumer facilitated support group available
to anyone who is diagnosed with a mental illness.
It provides a structured way for individuals to
strengthen each other's coping skills as each deals
with the realities of daily life with a diagnosis
of mental illness. As consumers, we recognize that
we have gained expertise and abilities from our
own experiences to help ourselves, and each other,
in ways that professionals can't.
B.R.I.D.G.E.S is dedicated to offering a support
program for mental health consumers
that is facilitated by mental health
consumers. Most importantly, these meetings supply
the emotional "glue" that enables people
to come together to ease individual and group feelings
of helplessness, hopelessness, or guilt. B.R.I.D.G.E.S
is offered every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
at 12:30pm at NorthKey's Sunshine House. Sunshine
House is located at 722 Scott St. in Covington.
is sponsored by the Recovery Network of Northern
more information or questions please call RNNK at
or visit their web site at http://rnnk.org.