Monday, October 11, 2010
Support Group Helps Family and Friends of Those Struggling With Mental Illness
Pine Rest offers a support group, The Family Connection, for
spouses, parents, siblings, and other caregivers who need help to more
effectively deal with the stresses created by the symptoms and behaviors of
family members diagnosed with a mental illness.
Knowing how to help a loved one in their struggle with
depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or anxiety disorders can be very
difficult. The Family Connection is lead by Clinical Social Worker, Jim Vander
May, LMSW. Among other topics, Vander May specializes in helping individuals
cope with chronic mental illness, mood disorders, anxiety, and managing
The Family Connection is held every second and fourth Monday
of the month, except the fourth Monday in December, at the Pine Rest Southwest Clinic, 4211 Parkway Place, Suite 100, Grandville, MI,
49418. Registration is
appreciated for first time visitors by calling the Southwest
Clinic at (616) 222-3700. Support group attendance is free,
although donations are accepted.
About Pine Rest: Pine
Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in
the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including addiction treatment
and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services,
and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 20 outpatient locations
throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa.
Pine Rest achieved a
historic milestone in June 2010 when the organization marked 100 years of
service to the greater Grand Rapids
and national community. The Pine Rest Foundation observes an important
milestone as well, 50 years of service. A year-long celebration begins in fall
2010 – 100 years of innovation, countless healing moments.