In-person support groups have been suspended until further notice. However, we now offer a private Refa’enu Facebook support group as well as a Zoom meetup, both for individuals with a mood disorder.
Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in participating in Refa’enu’s Zoom support group.
WHO: One group for individuals with mood disorders (depression, bipolar) and another group for family & friends
WHERE: E. 243 Frisch Court, Paramus, NJ
WHEN: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
TIME: 7:30-9PM; doors open at 7:10pm
Please make an effort to be on time (by 7:30PM) so as not to disrupt the flow of the groups.
Spring 2019 schedule:
Please note that dates are subject to change. Check the website for any changes or to confirm dates.
REFA’ENU TALKS PEER SUPPORT:
A live chat with Refuat Hanefesh is posted here:
Supporting Each Other
Check out this webinar/study session about the evolution of Refa’enu’s support groups, posted as part of an Inclusion Initiative by the URJ and Ruderman Family Foundation:
WHAT ARE MOOD DISORDER SELF-HELP SUPPORT GROUPS AND WHY ARE THEY A CRITICAL COMPONENT TO RECOVERY?
Self-help means self-guided improvement, often without a professional. People can benefit from self-help meetings in ways that a mental health professional cannot provide, such as a sense of belonging, sharing experiences, feeling understood and companionship. Each person’s path to wellness is uniquely their own and is their own responsibility. Peers in the group can assist, encourage and empower one another in their own individual pursuit of wellness. Self-help support groups, for those who have mood disorders as well as their loved ones, are critical to a meaningful part of recovery. Also known as “rap” and “share/care” groups, they are attended and “hosted” or “facilitated” by peers.
- They offer an alternative to isolation and help foster a sense of real belonging.
- They foster hope and empowerment in an encouraging environment.
- They allow peers in different stages of their illness and recovery to share their most private concerns and feelings in a safe environment.
- They provide a forum for those suffering from the illness to feel heard, find empathy, solace and reassurance.
- They reveal successful experiences with treatment and recovery approaches, and important long-term coping strategies.
- They help restore self-respect, self-acceptance, and belief in the possibility of getting and staying well.
- They encourage the motivation and determination required for taking charge of the illness.
GENERAL PHILOSOPHY BEHIND SUPPORT GROUPS FOR THOSE WITH MOOD DISORDERS:
Self-help support groups for those with mood disorders generally agree on the guiding principal that a combination of psychopharmacology, one-on-one therapy, and self-help support is the most effective approach to recovery.
- Psychopharmacology – for proper assessment and diagnosis for treatment with medication to stabilize the illness.
- One-on-one psychotherapy – to help explore and change the behaviors that exacerbate the mood disorder and negatively impact personal and professional lives.
- Self-help support – promotes a sense of belonging, self- acceptance, the motivation to take responsibility for the illness, and the belief that recovery is possible.