Annual Compeer picnic celebrates renewed life
Compeer members and volunteers are already busy planning for our program’s Annual Summer Picnic being held Friday, August 26, at Bradley Woods. This is a very special event for the Compeer Program for many reasons. The summer weather is perfect for all to enjoy nature’s beauty, gathering as friends, sharing great food and playing games. In addition to these picnic traditions, our Annual Summer Compeer Picnic is a group celebration of the recovery and renewed interest in life for our members.
Compeer offers a variety of social activities. The purpose of these activities is to pull individuals out of the isolation and depression that goes along with managing a mental illness. As you know, isolation only leads to increasing depression. The feeling of isolation and “lack of belonging” is identified in recent research to be a significant contributing factor for suicide attempts.
Compeer, through our trained adult volunteers, friendship matches and schedule of meaningful peer supported activities, serves to encourage individuals to get back into the life they each had prior to illness. We discover each member brings with him or her a collection of knowledge, skills and ideas. These are all taken into account as we develop the Compeer Calendar of Events.
With many of our events, if you look past the surface activities, you come to see the deeper significance. As you come to an understanding of Compeer’s mission for those who experience an onset and continuation of mental illness, you certainly see the significance of our annual celebrations. Our Annual Summer Picnic is truly a joyous celebration of life!
If you are interested in making a donation of food items to our Annual Summer Picnic on August 26, please contact Compeer at 440-835-6212, ext. 242, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Denise Ayres is Compeer Program Coordinator.