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Pine Rest Support Group Helps Family and Friends of Those Struggling with Mental Illness

Pine Rest offers a support group called 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 clinician Jim Vander May, LMSW, a clinical social worker.  Among other topics, Vander May specializes in helping individuals cope with chronic mental illness, mood disorders, anxiety and managing parent/child conflicts.   

The support group is held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of the month at the Pine Rest Southwest Clinic, 4211 Parkway Place, Suite 100, Grandville.  For first time visitors, a call to the clinic at (616) 222-3700 to register is appreciated.  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 inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 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.