You Are Not Alone
For those who suffer from a mental health condition, knowing facts about mental health help to lessen the burden of a diagnosis. Mental illness is more common in America than some may think, with one in five Americans experiencing some form of mental illness in any given year, and serious conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or long-term recurring major depression effecting one in 25 Americans. Mental illness can affect anyone at any point in their life, and is not a reflection of self-worth or ability, but rather should be viewed as any other serious illness. Mental illness is never your fault, nor the fault of those around you. It is not a personal failure to experience symptoms of mental illness that interfere with your daily functioning or make it hard for you to enjoy life as you used to. With this being said, many misconceptions exist surrounding mental illness that make it hard for those who suffer to seek help, and the stigma of having a mental health condition can worsen symptoms. Although mental illness can feel isolating, you are not alone, and there is hope for recovery. NAMI North Texas offers many different tools, resources, and support groups for a multitude of demographics, which aim to educate, support, and advocate for those who suffer from mental illness.
Peer to Peer
In an attempt to end the stigma of mental illness, NAMI North Texas offers many different educational services, which are free to the public. Our 8 session, confidential Peer-to-Peer program provides educational information that helps adults with mental illness learn more about their condition and treatment options. We aim to provide the most current and up to date information about the major mental health conditions, their biological aspects, and information on the possibilities for living in recovery, including a variety of treatment strategies currently available. NAMI will never recommend a specific therapy or approach, but rather provides a space for compassionate conversations, taught by a trained team of people who have been where you are. Your Peer-to-Peer facilitator will provide specific skills training in the areas of problem solving, listening, communication techniques, and handling crises and relapse, as well as guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community, and tips on advocating for those supports and services. Groups are structured through presentations, discussions, and interactive exercises that help you to learn how to be an active participant in your treatment plan, how to identify feelings, thoughts, behaviors and events that could result in a possible relapse, and how to strengthen interpersonal relationships. Through this process, you will further your knowledge on mental health and gain insight on how to cope with difficult circumstances, while sharing your experiences with peers who share the same goal of recovery.
Connection Recovery Support Group
Too often, living with a mental health condition can make you feel alone, stressed, and lost. NAMI North Texas understands the importance of connection when in recovery and offers many support groups that can alleviate these worries. Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, 90-minute support group for adults living with a mental health condition. Meeting once a month, connection recovery aims to combat the isolation and anxiety that comes with mental illness. These groups strive to create respectful, compassionate, and understanding environments that lead to meaningful conversations, where members share their struggles and successes. Members can find support and empathetic discussions that offer insight into other’s coping strategies, problems, concerns, and paths to recovery. Connection Recovery is completely confidential, and you never have to share more than you want to. During the groups, NAMI does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies, and instead offers a casual, relaxed, and flexible approach without an educational format. Our facilitators have been where you are- each group is led by individuals who are going through recovery themselves. They understand your struggles and offer support, encouragement, and connection without judgement. Everyone is a valued participant, and we welcome you to join and share.