Think back for a moment about our lives prior to March 2020. For many, everyday was a struggle because of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, the death of a loved one, separation or divorce, sexual impurity, loss of someone to suicide and even sexual abuse or assault, domestic violence or sex trafficking. Now, compound these struggles by a huge percentage because of COVID. We have had to isolate for weeks upon weeks in work, school and everyday life. Try to imagine the impact COVID has had on these individuals. The HOPE Ministry has support groups for each of these individuals. HOPE has group leaders who are currently living with or have lived what their particular support group is for.
HOPE has a place for you! We encourage you to come to any of our support groups to listen to others and share your own thoughts in a safe, confidential setting.
The ministry leaders for Hope Ministry are
Bruce and Debby Barrick. Their contact information is:
(817) 847-5400 ext. 8
If God is calling you to partner with HOPE Ministry as a volunteer, please contact Bruce and Debby Barrick via the information provided.
HOPE SUPPORT GROUPS
Click here to learn more about the various support groups available now.
NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers, and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This course is taught by a trained team with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition. They know what you’re going through because they’ve been there too.
By participating in NAMI Basics, you’ll realize that you are not alone. You’ll find support and shared understanding—compassion, reinforcement, and empathy from people who truly get your situation. And don’t forget: Your experiences may also help others in the course. Together, you will all learn that recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
NAMI Basics Covers:
- The impact mental health conditions can have on your entire family
- Different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options, and therapies
- An overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems, and resources to help you navigate these systems
- How to advocate for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
- How to prepare for and respond to crisis situations (self-harm, suicide attempts, etc.)
- The importance of taking care of yourself
OUR NEXT CLASS GROUP BEGINS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, AT 6:30 PM! REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW.
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 8-session educational program for family members, significant others, and caregivers of people living with mental illness* (see below). It is a designated evidence-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises.
What You’ll Gain:
NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience.
NAMI Family-to-Family Covers:
- How to manage crises, solve problems, and communicate effectively
- Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
- Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
- Finding and using local supports and services
- Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
- Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications, and side effects
- The impact of mental illness on the entire family
Who May Attend:
Family members and caregivers ages 18 years and older. This class is for adult persons only who are close to the consumer. If two parents are involved with the consumer, both are encouraged to attend.
Purpose and Emphasis:
Education about persistent brain disorders and medications, coping skills, empathy for the ill, community resources, advocacy, and self-care. The course is taught by families to families. It is not a therapy group. Participants must commit to 8 weeks.
*Class Applies To:
Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, OCD, and co-occurring Brain Disorders and Addictive Disorders. (Drug abuse or alcoholism without a mental illness, brain injury, Alzheimer’s, or criminal behavior without a mental disorder are not addressed in this class.)