Christian Support Group Meetings Location:
Asbury United Methodist Church
6767 South Mingo – Tulsa, OK 74133
We meet in room 2820.
This is a second floor room, however there is an elevator for easy access.
Map of Asbury Church shown at the bottom of this page.
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 getting to talk with other people who are in the same situation.
BRIGHT TOMORROWS SUPPORT GROUP (BTSG) meetings take place September through May typically on the FIRST & THIRD Thursday evenings (7:00-8:30 p.m.) for adults with bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder. This is a curriculum-based psycho-educational support program that gives to participants helpful tools. This opportunity inspires hope and affirms Christian faith as participants join together with others on a similar healing-recovery journey. Click here to check “Calendar” exceptions.
- There are no 5th Thursday evening meetings.
- BTSG PARTICIPANT PRECONDITIONS: One must be an adult who (1) has been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder or a unipolar disorder, i.e., major depressive disorder); (2) has a current medical, clinical and/or therapeutic provider care connection; and (3) are current with prescribed medications and treatment protocols.
- TOPICS INCLUDE: Identity, Stigma, Medication, Holistic Recovery, Healthy Thinking, The Importance of Rest/Relaxation and Joy, Coping Strategies and Skill-Sets, Cycles & Triggers, Mindfulness, The Value of Community, The Fact That Your Health Challenge Is Not Your Fault – But It Is Your Responsibility, and Staying Resilient.*
*Core Curriculum Source: Mental Health Grace Alliance / Living Grace Group Materials (www.mentalhealthgracealliance.org)
BRIGHT TOMORROWS FAMILY GROUP (BTFG) meetings take place September through May typically on the SECOND & FOURTH Thursday evenings (7:00-8:30 p.m.) for the families 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. Click here to check “Calendar” exceptions.
- TOPICS INCLUDE: Building Your Faith, Stigma, Communication, Medication, Grieving & Grace, Being Holistic, Recognizing That You’re Not the Hero – The Importance of Self-Care, Cycles & Triggers, The Value of Community, Crisis & Problem Solving, How to Respond to Negative & Destructive Behaviors, Boundaries to Rebuild, Understanding the Differences Between Enabling and Empowering, How to Stay Ahead of the Game (prevention planning).*
* Core Curriculum Source: Mental Health Grace Alliance / Family Grace Group Materials (www.mentalhealthgracealliance.org)
- There are no 5th Thursday evening meetings.
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 insure that cost not be a prohibitive factor, we do not charge for our services.
DISCLAIMER: Although the results of attending Bright Tomorrows support group meetings are often found to be therapeutic, a support group is not a therapy group. The objective of the support group is not to resolve 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 or medication. Individual group participants must assume responsibility for consulting with their physicians and mental health care providers (psychiatrists, therapists, etc.) regarding medications and treatment protocols.
While all information (including discussed and suggested coping strategies and skills) offered by Tim and/or Nancy Reside are offered in good faith, each recipient is advised that they need to assume personal responsibility for verifying the validity and applicability of such information and/or suggestions. Again, individual group participants should consult with their medical and mental health care providers.
RESEARCH-BASED EVIDENCE SUPPORTS THE VALUE OF SUPPORT
The group, Peers for Progress: Peer Support Around the World, observes that research-based evidence supports the assertion that peer support is a critical and effective strategy for ongoing health care and sustained behavior change for people with chronic health challenges.1
The Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has more than 700 support groups for people with depression or bipolar disorder. They have discovered that…
- People who had been attending a DBSA support group for more than a year were less likely to have been hospitalized in the past 12 months.
- The longer people had attended a DBSA support group, the less likely they were to have stopped medication against medical advice, and the fewer barriers to following their treatment plan they experienced.
- More than half of the people who were not following their treatment plans when they began attending their DBSA support groups became more motivated to do so over time with continued group attendance.2
Bright Tomorrows has been facilitating a support group for adults with bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder since 2001. During these years we have observed the same trend.
Grace Alliance (Mental Health Grace Alliance), whose materials Bright Tomorrows utilizes in their support groups, report that preliminary research through Baylor University Psychology Department demonstrates that faith-based, psycho-educational, tool-providing and community-styled support groups like those sponsored by Bright Tomorrows inspire hope, reduce symptoms, enhance recovery, and restores personal faith.3
Sources: (1) Google: Peer Services and Supports – NAMI; Google: Science Behind Peer Support | Peers For Progress; Research Analysis: Google: Sustained Outcomes of a Peer-Taught Family Education Program on Mental Illness and Google: Peer Support for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders and Community Tenure: A Survival Analysis; and (2) Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (https://www.dbsalliance.org/); and (3) Mental Health Grace Alliance (https://mentalhealthgracealliance.org/)
The Bright Tomorrows Support Group Mission Statement:
We are dedicated to promoting mental health and assisting those who are struggling with mental illness and/or mental health related concerns towards healing-recovery as a lifestyle.
Our mission is to offer ongoing support that reflects the compassion of Jesus Christ to individuals struggling with bipolar and unipolar disorders by…
- INVESTING help
- INSPIRING hope
- INFORMING understanding
- INSTRUCTING in ways that EMPOWER and EQUIP
Some of the questions that can be raised and discussed are:
- How can I get a clear diagnosis?
- What is major depression?
- What is bipolar disorder?
- How do I handle crisis?
- How does one learn how to cope with major depression?
- How does one learn how to cope with bipolar disorder?
- What about psychiatrists, counselors, therapists and support groups?
- What and where are the sources for getting more information and education?
- How do I become aware of local services available within the community?
- How do I cope with suicidal thoughts?
- What if I have more than one mental health challenge?
- What about faith, religion and spiritual resources—prayer?
- Can a person with major depression or bipolar disorder be healed?
- What do I do if my loved ones won’t accept that I have an illness?
- What do I do if my loved ones won’t accept that I need help?
- How can I communicate better with my relatives?
- What is my responsibility for my mental health?
- What are the responsibilities of my family and/or friends for my mental health?
- How do I take care of myself in all of this?
- How do I pay for all of this?
- What are all these medications for?
- What if I don’t like the way my medications make me feel?
- What are the best treatments now available?
To check on cancellation or update notices, feel free to call our Information Line at 918-744-5761.
Thank you for your inquiry.
If you have further inquiries, feel free to email the President of Bright Tomorrows, Tim Reside.
A simple e-mail form is provided on our Contact Us page.