Sur­viv­ing Christ­mas work­ing com­ing up

Tri-County Vanguard - - OPINION -

Tri-County Men­tal Health and Well­ness is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing and pro­mot­ing healthy men­tal health for in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­nity and busi­nesses.

Our main ob­jec­tive is to open a com­mu­nity drop-in cen­tre where peo­ple who feel they are in cri­sis, can find sup­port im­me­di­ately. Our long-term vi­sion is to part­ner with the men­tal health care sys­tem and help al­le­vi­ate the long wait times for peo­ple need­ing sup­port and also a way to re­duce emer­gency room vis­its.

We be­lieve that peo­ple are peo­ple first, and they are not their ill­ness. Our goal is to help those liv­ing with or who have a loved one liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness live mean­ing­ful and ful­fill­ing lives. Men­tal ill­ness does not have to live your life for you. We coach peo­ple on cop­ing strate­gies, peer sup­port, in­di­vid­ual sup­port, and pro­grams de­signed to em­power peo­ple and help them take their life back.

Some of the work­shops in­clude sup­port for men­tal ill­ness, grief and loss, sui­cide preven­tion and aware­ness and re­cov­ery and em­pow­er­ment.

It has been a dif­fi­cult strug­gle get­ting com­mu­nity sup­port for a much­needed ser­vice in our area. Cur­rently I have writ­ten and de­liv­ered work­shops that have been very suc­cess­ful in the Yar­mouth and Shel­burne area. I’ve also sup­ported 274 peo­ple who are strug­gling to find ways to cope. Dur­ing the tragic Pub­nico fire last year, I helped to sup­port 171 peo­ple try­ing to find a way to un­der­stand and live past the tragedy that oc­curred.

Sur­viv­ing Christ­mas, was a pro­gram I wrote and de­vel­oped and will be de­liv­er­ing again this year start­ing Oct. 17 at the NSCC in Yar­mouth. It was a very suc­cess­ful pro­gram last year and help­ing peo­ple who strug­gle through the Christ­mas sea­son. For some peo­ple Christ­mas isn’t so merry. Peo­ple suf­fer from the loss of a loved one, grief, the stress of the ex­pense, ad­dic­tion and try­ing to find a way to get through the hol­i­days when peo­ple ex­pect them to be cheer­ful.

The course is $60 for the six weeks and in­cludes a work­book and a nu­tri­tional break, how­ever, we try to of­fer this course for free and count on the sup­port of com­mu­nity.

Any­one wish­ing to spon­sor seat we do so by call­ing 1-902-266-9891 or you can email tcmhwa@ya­hoo.com. You can also use these con­tacts to reg­is­ter for the course.

Brenda Martin,

Pres­i­dent of the Men­tal Health and Well­ness Cen­ter in Yar­mouth and a Men­tal Health Ed­u­ca­tion Na­tion­ally Cer­ti­fied Peer Sup­porter

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