The launch of our Support Groups and Breathing Meditation programs is less than a week away and the excitement is building!
Last week, we discussed the benefits of breathing and meditation, so this week I’ll let program creator Sharon Rotblatt explain in her own words what we want to accomplish through our Support Groups program:
“Support groups are the perfect forum to help people with the challenges that pop up on their journey through life. The groups provide opportunities to connect with others who understand, without judgment, what it feels like to stand in those shoes.”
Participants in the program will meet in a confidential, informal group setting led by a mental health professional. We hope Support Groups will help caregivers:
Feel more empowered, less alone and better understood
Have a safe place to go to share personal issues, experiences, struggles and thoughts
Connect with people and resources to help them solve their own problems and make their own informed caregiving decisions
Become part of a growing community of caregivers who share information and support
Find inspiring role models and peers who are contending with similar issues
Reduce stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem, gain a greater sense of well-being and, ultimately, become a better caregiver as a result of focusing on self-care
Sessions for both Breathing Meditation and Support Groups will be 45 minutes long and will take place weekly at two locations:
Tuesday's beginning Tuesday, February 19
Laurel School - 1 Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights, OH
6 p.m. - Breathing Meditation
7 p.m. - Support Group
Wednesday's beginning Wednesday, February 20
Urban Community School - 4909 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland OH
7 p.m. - Support Group
** Breathing Meditation will be starting SOON!
Registration is not necessary, yet, you can sign up to receive more information for the programs here.
And our thanks go out to the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County for their generous support of the Support Groups program.
Everyone provides care to someone they love. Taking this journey together is always better!
Founder and Executive Director
PS: Thanks to this weeks Cleveland.com article we've had a flurry of activity and are in need of One-to-One Caregiver Support volunteers! This program connects caregivers with volunteers who have experience caring for someone with a mental illness. Volunteers are trained through a webinar series focused on active listening, empowering resilience and self-care, and setting healthy boundaries. Volunteers can register via link below.