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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 parent/child conflicts.   

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.