Kingston, NH (PressExposure) May 25, 2007 -- EXETER: Beginning this month, individuals with a family member who has mental illness can participate in a free, ongoing bi-monthly support conference call led by Mary Logan, MA. The phone call, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month, will provide peer support and discuss topics of interest like what to do after you hear a diagnosis, how to conduct a family meeting, and ways to take care of yourself. Once registered, individuals may participate in the calls at their convenience.
The recent tragedy at Virginia Tech put a horrifying face on mental illness. But most of the time, mental illness looks instead like your niece with anxiety, or your neighbor afraid to leave his house, or your mother burdened with depression. Usually mental illness is not something to fear or avoid, but instead a common situation that individuals and families face everywhere. âMental illness scares people,â Logan explains. âBut in most cases itâs no different from physical illness, like diabetes or heart disease. Unfortunately, our society stigmatizes and isolates mental illness. We need, instead, to support one another, so the many, many people in our communities who have a family member with mental illness can thrive, despite this challenge.â
Logan grew up in a family affected by depression and schizoaffective disorder. This personal experience motivated her to start From Survive To Thrive, a web-based company that provides free and fee-based support services to families with a member affected by mental illness. The focus is on wellness, information, communication, and boundaries. Logan, who has degrees in counseling and life coaching, works with individuals and families to develop plans of action to deal constructively with the impact of mental illness.
The free, drop-in conference calls will provide a variety of practical information and strategies designed to help meet familiesâ different needs. From Survive To Thrive also offers one-on-one support, a membership support group, educational handbooks and articles, and an ongoing assortment of resources. âIâm dedicated to helping family members live a good life â that happens to include mental illness. Iâve been there: you can figure out how to take it in stride, or let it hold you hostage. I want to encourage and facilitate positive change that brings out the best in each family member, and the family as a whole.â To participate in the free conference calls, register at: http://www.fromsurvivetothrive.com.