Friday, August 05, 2011
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.
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.
Rest achieved a historic milestone in June 2010 when the organization marked
100 years of service to the greater Grand
Rapids and national community.