Evening of programs for recovering adults and their families Feb. 1

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 6:00 p.m., Compeer will present the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) “Hearts and Minds” group at Far West Center. Hearts and Minds is a program to educate and promote positive “mind and body” health practices. Group topics will include nutrition, exercise and stress reduction.

The same evening, from 7-8:30 p.m., Far West Center will also host the monthly NAMI “Family Support Group,” which provides assistance to the family members of persons in recovery, including parents, spouses, siblings, and adult-age children.

Scheduling both programs on the same evening provides an opportunity in which adults in recovery can attend Hearts and Minds, while family members join the Family Support Group. Both groups are free. Individuals are welcome to attend even if family will not be attending.

The Far West Center is located on the St. John Medical Center campus, 29133 Health Campus Dr., Westlake. For more information on Hearts and Minds please call our Compeer office at 440-835-6212, ext. 242. Information on this program is also available on the NAMI Greater Cleveland website at namigreatercleveland.org, which is great source of information on mental illness, mental health services, and recovery programs.

The Family Support Group is held the first Tuesday of every month at Far West Center. For more information, call Marilyn Olsen at 440-835-6212.

In the media there is an increasing amount of information regarding heart functioning and heart health. So far, the information regarding brain functioning and mental health falls short of the heart information. Mental health issues are nothing to fear. Please be mindful that mental illness is an imbalance in only part of the brain and the rest of the brain functions just like yours. Imbalances of natural brain chemicals are successfully treated with medication and supportive services. People recover.

Stigma and cruel comments about mental illness stand in the way of people seeking the health care they need. Please look for accurate information on mental health issues on reputable websites like NAMI Greater Cleveland, Far West Center (farwestcenter.com), and the Cuyahoga County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (adamhscc.org).

Compeer needs adult volunteers to offer friendship to adults in recovery. The Compeer staff trains and provides educational materials to those wanting to volunteer. A responsible adult that enjoys conversation and socializing is just right for Compeer! Compeer focuses on friendship.

If you’d like to join us please call our office. We hold a monthly Coffee Night attended by members, volunteers and staff, as well as monthly Game Nights and twice-monthly bowling outings at Bay Lanes. 

Sound like fun? It is. Warm friendship and laughter can help heal hearts and minds.

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