Circle of Support is a discussion group for area adults struggling with mental illness, depression and/or anxiety at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, beginning Nov. 5, in the Conference Room, located through the north entrance of Saint Benedict’s Church, 307 West Main St., Decorah.
The non-denominational group sessions are facilitated by group leaders trained and certified through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and offer a “safe, confidential space” where attendees can “find help, find hope and find others who understand”. Each group begins with a one-minute introduction from each participant, followed by 15 to 30 minutes of educational discussion, led by the trained facilitators; after which the group is available for open discussion, to address the specific needs of the group participants.
Past Classes and Offerings
Hope For Recovery
This one-day course is designed for family members who have a loved one dealing with mental illness, but is also open to the general public.
Participants will learn about:
- Types of mental illnesses
- Treatments and recovery
- Coping strategies
- Communication tools
- The mental health system
- Local resources
Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family members of an older teen or adult living with mental illness. Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you’ll learn about:
- How to manage crises, solve problems, and communicate effectively
- Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
- Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
- Finding and using local supports and services
- Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
- Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
- The impact of mental illness on the entire family