PEER SUPPORT GROUP YOUNG ADULTS WHO ARE DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS
Mental health conditions are common. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition—half develop the condition by age 14 and three quarters by age 26. For some, experiencing the first signs can be scary and confusing. Discussing what you are going through with others is an important first step to getting help. Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. You will be amazed by the support you get simply by asking.
A mental health condition isn't your fault or your family's fault—it develops for complicated reasons that researchers are only starting to understand. But we understand a lot about how you can live well with a mental health condition—and you have the power to take the steps necessary to improve your mental health.
With a mental health condition, many of us often feel as if we are walking along a labyrinth. We feel as if we are in a maze, where there are multiple entrances, exits, and dead ends. However, a labyrinth has only a single non-branching path, which leads to the center … the heart … then back out the same way, with only one entry/exit point. The path is one of intuition and faith, and it always involves risk. The path is full of creativity and surprise and inevitably takes us off the beaten path, the well-known path, towards where no map can go, and where no map is of use. Each path in life is unique. My path is not yours, and yours is not mine. We must each find our own way.
You are invited to walk this labyrinth with other peers, in hopes of finding your way. These will be “open groups” (meaning … come when you are able, on the day and time that these groups are being offered).
A trained coordinator (who is NOT licensed in mental health), along with "twenty something" facilitators, will offer a safe, supportive, and confidential place where one can grab a cup of coffee and join others for casual conversations about your struggles and successes. You will learn ways to cope and how to support those who may be a bit lost on their journey.
Members will be given the opportunity to connect with peers, share and listen to each other’s personal experiences and stories, watch and discuss Ted Talks, use creative and healing artistic resources, engage in discussions, and share poetry and readings of the heart. Hopefully these sessions will help to empower each other, build relationships and offer peer support.
Topics discussed will include:
Telling Your Story
The power of listening and being heard
Braving the Wilderness
Mental and Physical Health Issues
Relationships with others
Young Adults, ages 18 -30. This peer support group will gather every first and third Thursday of the month, from 6:30 – 8:00 at NSeven Coffee Shop at 1307 Wisconsin Ave, Grafton, Wisconsin 53024. Coffee, tea, and bakery items will be available for sale. (see flyer)
The mission of "Walking the Labyrinth" will be to provide peer support, education and other resources that is sensitive, compassionate, and responsive to the needs of young adults who are dealing with mental health concerns.
A trained coordinator and "twenty something" facilitator will help explore hope and purpose and offer support. Each coordinator and facilitator have been trained to be reflective and compassionate listeners.
About the Lead Coordinator
Patricia (Pat) Morrissey is the lead coordinator for this program. Pat's professional career spans more than 48 years She was an elementary and middle school teacher, curriculum leader, instructor of graduate classes at Cardinal Stritch , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Carrol Universities. Pat also was trained by Alan Wolfelt to facilitate grief support groups, and was the grief support and school coordinator for Milwaukee and Waukesha counties at Margaret Ann's Place in Milwaukee. She also was the co-chair of the Southeast Wisconsin Grief Network and the executive director of Mourning Cloak. Pat authored a book in 2013 entitled, "The Companioning the Grieving Child Curriculum Book, with a forward written by Alan Wolfelt. She was the founder of Family Promise of Ozaukee County and has many personal life transitions. She is married, has two children, three grand daughters, lives in Port Washington, Wi and is a member of Community United Methodist Church in Cedarburg.