Life & Hope Support Groups
"Being with others who understand mental illnesses such as depression, can be a lifeline," says Laura Goldbloom, one of Life & Hope Foundation's social workers who leads our program Club Simcha. "Knowing that you're not alone can make a world of difference."
"Many people tell us they feel ashamed about being depressed," says Laura. "When they meet other people with similar mental health issues, symptoms and behaviours, and realize that it's not uncommon to feel and act as they do, it can really help their self-esteem"
Life & Hope Foundation’s self-help groups allow people with mental health issues, such as depression, to provide as well as receive help. "Self-help groups can be a fun and uplifting way to make new friends and to share support and ideas through illness and recovery," says Laura. "People in our groups support one another, which can help their self-confidence."
What happens at the Club Simcha or Family Caregiver Connection Program support group meeting?
Sitting and talking isn't the only thing that happens at meetings. Many group leaders organize social events and arrange special activities to help boost your mood and improve your wellbeing.
"Going to a group for the first time can be daunting, but you can be sure of a warm welcome, and people will understand how hard it can be to take that first step," says Laura.
"All sorts of people attend, and it’s a very friendly and close-knit community.” Our Family Caregiver Connection Program community is an enjoyable and simple way to find others affected by their loved one’s mental health illness who may live near you or who may share your interests."
Club Simcha is Life & Hope Foundation's community support group program. Groups meet once a week on Mondays, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. and can accommodate 20 to 30 people. Consistent interaction within the safe and close-knit community, this support group helps to combat social isolation and stigma while empowering participants with a sense of possibility and achievement. Many people have found that by coming to this support group, they have felt a boost their confidence, a transformation in their attitudes about living with a mental illness, and has helped them manage some of the symptoms associated with their illness and associated with their specific treatment plans.
The Family Caregiver Connection Program is specifically designed to support those seniors who are the primary caregivers for their loved one who is dealing with mental health issues. This group was developed because we understand and accept the fact that when someone you love is living with a mental illness, you too are living with that diagnosis. As a result, you can feel a mixture of emotions ~ concern, compassion, disbelief, anger, relief, anxiety, grief, love, guilt…any and all of these emotions are understandable and normal.
You need to remind yourself that you are not to blame for a loved one’s mental illness. Mental illnesses are caused by many different factors that work together, such as genetics, biology, environment, and life experiences.
Loved ones can and do, play a big part in helping a person recover, work towards their goals, and stay well. Care and emotional support go a long way in recovery and well-being. So can practical help, like managing doctor’s appointments and other daily tasks. You can also play a part in helping a loved one maintain well-being. You and other close supporters may be the first to notice changes in a loved one’s mood, behaviour, self-care, or other area that shows their mental health may be worsening. This means you can help your loved one find the right help early.
Life & Hope HelpLine
The Life & Hope Foundation HelpLine is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the general public.
Life & Hope Foundation has a team of well-trained and knowledgeable volunteers and HelpLine staff who are responsible for answering all calls, and returning all messages .
The Life & Hope Foundation HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET.
HelpLine staff and volunteers are prepared to answer your questions about mental health issues including:
- Symptoms of mental illness
- Treatment options
- Local support groups and services
- Education programs
- Helping family members get treatment
- Programs to help find jobs
- Information about our living facilities including admission policies
We are not able to provide counseling or therapy over the phone. We are also not able to provide specific recommendations for things like treatment or do individual casework, legal representations or other individual advocacy. In the event of a crisis call, we can and will transfer callers in crisis or suicidal situations to a crisis line to provide the necessary help.
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The Jerry Turk Fellowship Home is our group home. It can accommodate up to 8 adults at any one time who are dealing with mental health issues. Its goal is to provide the residents the ability to thrive independently within their community. Professional staff support is on-site and works 24/ 7. This facility works to support the residents by addressing their recovery and wellbeing goals. The group home focuses on helping its clients develop and maintain such life living skills, such as: cooking, cleaning and hygiene practices.
The Life & Hope Foundation Triplex is our semi-independent residential facility consists of three units that can accommodate up to 8 adults each, at any one time. Staff is on-site three a week, with back-up support from our 24-hour group home. Its goal is to provide the residents the ability to thrive independently within their community while receiving the necessary staff support (24/ 7). This facility works to support the residents by addressing their recovery and wellbeing goals. The group home focuses on helping its clients develop and maintain such life living skills, such as: cooking, cleaning and hygiene practices. This program has been the gateway that allows many of our clients to move out of the triplex to thrive completely independently within their community.