Health Integration Program part 2

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  • 26 Central Street clinic parking lot
  • group meeting

This is the second in a two part series on group treatment for people who are struggling with emotional and mental health ailments. When we last met we had finished off describing a group called the wellness group. 

Mental health is not a given. However it can be helpful if there is a commonality; age, diagnosis, and medication can be helpful if grouped together; For Instance, HIP runs a group which is called living your life in your thirties. This particular group is an opportunity for people who are thirty something to meet together so they can process and to share their unique and common feelings. Experiences, goals and its challenges which arise often during this stage of life, seem to have commonality among clients. These meetings help as they range from family and other personal relationships to employment, education, housing, life transitions, and more.

Sometimes people don' t like the group format. they feel that they prefer not to be put into this anxiety provoking position. Don't fret, there is something for those people in the Health Integration Program. There is a community room where people meet to enjoy games, snacks, crafts and other functional activities. This time is such a great way to build on social skills, have some fun, maybe find a new hobby, and of course, most importantly enjoy a sense of community at this venue.

Because the illnesses which these people suffer from can lead to isolation which can exasperate their sicknesses, there is a critical, but certainly helpful group called Social U. This group is an open ended drop in group for adult with lived illness who want to improve their social and independent living skills. Group members can often feel isolated and or have trouble communicating with others. This group may be the most important of all the groups due to a variety of therapeutic activities to foster interaction among members.

There was a time, when you were diagnosed with any type of emotional and mental illness, that you were placed in a hospital and given medicine. We have certainly come to realize thata these illnesses can be treated more successfully if they treated each client individually according to their needs. Individual and group therapies are usually much more helpful then just placing one in a hospital without any of these truly modern groups and treatments