Distance NOT Disconnect!! In this time of social distancing, something crucial is missing from a lot of our lives: the chance to quietly exist around people at work or join in our usual support groups.
Embrace video chatting and talking on the phone. Now is the time for a phone call and video-chat renaissance! Texting is great too, but when we’re trying to make up for the sudden drop in human-to-human contact, hearing your friends’ voices and seeing their faces is important – be sure you talk about things other than coronavirus panic!
That brings us toZOOM!! Zoom is a great software program that anyone can download to their computer or phone and connect with others FACE-TO-FACE (AND ITS FREE) which is a perfect to have a meeting with your group live as well as staying safe and “socially distant”.
Families suffering from behavioral health crises, chronic mental illness and substance use disorders can benefit from peer family support and education. The NJ Self Help Clearinghouse can connect you with opportunities for family members to join self-help groups, receive education and training about these disorders as well as gain the support and experience from those with the same life experience. For additional information contact Carolyn Davis at 609-652-3800 ext. 304 or send an email to: email@example.com. Family Support Groups: Al-Anon Al-Anon is a “worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic READ MORE
Has your group ever experienced a “pity party?” While this can happen occasionally to many groups, if it occurs on a regular basis, it’s time to “accentuate the positive” and make the group a more positive and uplifting experience for all who attend. Below are some suggestions on how group facilitators and members can turn the meeting around to focus the group more on hope and recovery than on misery. Ground Rules – Put a sentence in your ground rules or mission statement stating that an important purpose of your group is to help members recognize and share their strengths, READ MORE
Are you or is someone you know struggling to cope with an ongoing medical or emotional health problem? A self-help support group dedicated to a particular issue may provide the assistance and information that is needed. The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse database has contact information for over 8,600 support group meetings. Check out latest newsletter below for the helpful tips on finding a group! If you have any questions or need additional information, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your agency, house of worship, service organization, business or group come in contact with persons struggling with emotional or physical challenges and who might benefit from attending a free, self-help support group? Have you heard about support groups but aren’t quite sure what they are or how they work? Has your agency ever thought READ MORE
The NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse offers free workshops on starting and running self-help support groups statewide. The workshops on “How to Start an Effective Self-Help Group” will be open to agency staff, clergy, or any community member interested in learning how to start any type of self-help group. The workshop “How to Facilitate Your Self-Help Group” will READ MORE
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