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September 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
BRIGHT TOMORROWS FAMILY GROUP (BTFG) meetings take place September through May typically on the SECOND & THIRD Thursday evenings (7:00-8:30 p.m.) for the supporting families or friends of those living with a mental health difficulty or disorder—this is not limited to bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder. This is a curriculum-based psycho-educational support program that is both hope-inspiring and Christian faith-affirming.
When facing a major illness, living with a chronic health challenge, or needing to know how to best cope with a stressful life change or crisis, you don’t have to go it alone—in fact, it’s healthier for you and all concerned that you do not try to go it alone. A support group can help. Support groups are designed to bring together people facing similar issues. It can be helpful just to get to talk with other people who are in the same situation.
- TOPICS INCLUDE: Building Your Faith, Stigma, Communication, Medication, Grieving & Grace, Being Holistic, You’re Not the Hero (self-care), Cycles & triggers, Community, Crisis & Problem Solving, Negative & Destructive Behaviors, Boundaries to Rebuild, Enabling vs. Empowering, Staying Ahead of the Game (prevention planning)*
* Core Curriculum Source: Mental Health Grace Alliance / Family Grace Group Materials (www.mentalhealthgracealliance.org)
The third Thursday meeting each month joins the BTFG together with the BTSG. We call this our Pizza Party With A Purpose Nite. This is a special time for food, fellowship, and focus.
There is no formal charge. However, all who can are invited to contribute to the purchase of the pizzas. Also, all participants are invited to consider bringing a party shareable, e.g., a dessert item or caffeine-free pop.
During “focus” time, Tim Reside facilitates question & answer sessions, discussions, and/or a presentation designed to inspire and inform.
There are no 4th and 5th Thursday evening meetings.
When facing a major illness, living with a chronic health challenge, or needing to know how to best cope with a stressful life change or crisis, you don’t have to go it alone—in fact, it’s healthier for you and all concerned that you not try to go it alone. A support group can help. Support groups are designed to bring together people facing similar issues. It can be helpful just to get to talk with other people who are in the same situation.
FACILITATORS: Tim and Nancy Reside are the co-facilitators of these support groups offered under the auspices of Bright Tomorrows. Click here for biographical and credential information.
COST: We are supported by the freewill tax-deductible donations of those who benefit and/or appreciate the work and ministry services offered under the auspices of Bright Tomorrows. This includes welcoming churches and para-church organizations to consider including Bright Tomorrows in their benevolence budget. In addition to donations given in person or by way of postal service, donations can be made online. Simply click on the blue and yellow DONATE button on this website for instructions. In order to ensure that cost not be a prohibitive factor, we do not charge for our services.
DISCLAIMER: Although the results of attending these meetings are often found to be therapeutic, a support group is not a therapy group. The objective of the support group is not the resolution of the deeper mental health-related issues that require one-on-one professional therapeutic assistance. The focus of these Christian support group meetings is two-fold: (1) to provide, in an informal but organized way, an atmosphere that is faith-affirming and hope-inspiring; and (2) to promote supportive communication among brothers and sisters in Christ who share common experiences, challenges, and concerns. Bright Tomorrows does not recommend or endorse the use of any specific treatment, medication, or suggested coping practice. Individuals should consult with their physicians and/or mental health professionals regarding any meant to be helpful suggestions. While all information and suggestions offered by Tim and/or Nancy Reside are offered in good faith, each recipient must assume personal responsibility for verifying the validity and applicability of such information and/or suggestions.