Mental health support group focuses on families

Sherry Blinkhorn wants people to know that families matter when it comes to mental illness. As facilitator for an 11-week session, Blinkhorn is encouraging people who have family memebers diagnosed with a mental illness to take two hours for themselves to learn coping skills, education and the strategies to help their loved ones. "The first week is a needs assessment of that group," she said. "The only requirement is that you know or love someone who has mental illness and it is impacting your life in some way and you are trying to figure out ways to help out that situation whether it is boundary settings, self-care, etc." She said the program has certain areas of discussion that need to be addressed, but it's also shaped around the needs of the people taking part. 

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