I subscribe to several groups that offer a wide variety of additional resources as families walk this journey of adjusting to chronic mental illness in a loved one. There is a new blog developed by a mother who bravely shares her journey since learning that her son has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia (since 2017). The link to her blog: https://theshatteredpath.net/blog
On Facebook, in addition to our closed support group, there is another closed support group that welcomes families who care for loved ones with mental illnesses called “Families For Care Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1384004078381511/
Finally, another blog that is filled with great information is written by author and advocate, Pete Earley. He has also been a journalist with the Washington Post and he has written over 17 best-selling books that are compelling for their honesty and facts. http://www.peteearley.com/
We started early to get the ball rolling! We want to raise $6000 in order to produce 8 more modules of skills and strategies for family members uprooted by a loved one’s mental illness.
One in five people will experience an episode of mental illness at some point in their lives. When this happens, the effect on loved ones is enormous. Feeling helpless and powerless in the face of illness that cannot be fixed by love is very hard and tends to cause unproductive responses. At Grow a Strong Family, we recognize that knowledge increases the odds that love flows unhindered, advocacy occurs naturally, and outcomes for our loved ones are significantly improved. We also acknowledge that having access to comprehensive information, resources, strategies, and a network of knowledgeable people is essential for family members. That is why our online presence is our strength; we are available 24/7!
Your generosity supports us in supporting you! Thank you #GivingTuesday
This is a time of harvest, joyous reflection, gathering with friends and family. This is also a time when so many are triggered and become unwell. With that in mind, do what you can to take good, loving care of yourself. Give to your Self the gift of companionship, as best you can.
Don’t look the other way! Grow a Strong Family has many resources to share, especially around the holidays! Visit us! Consider donating on GivingTuesday, Nov 27, or any time! https://www.facebook.com/donate/183175309291741/?fundraiser_source=external_url
Thank you and have a warm holiday.
This is an online closed group for the family members and friends of loved ones with mental illnesses. It is a place where we can share our highs and lows, ask for and receive support, and get the resources we need.
Feel free to invite whomever you think would like to join our group. This group is a venue for cutting through the isolation that so often affects us. Posts are private and do not show up anywhere else. Inappropriate posts will be removed. And this group is an opportunity to share our hope, strength, and experience, our triumphs and our mistakes. Thank you for joining me on this journey!
The name of the group on Facebook is: Grow A Strong Family Inc. Together
Hope to see you there!