We had 22 people at Wednesday’s meeting! Some of the things we talked about included:
- The benefits and difficulties from support people (and pets).
- Discussed some individual problems with depression.
- The cycles of depression.
- Stressors of having company.
Towards the end, we checked in with each person given the seriousness of some of the conversation. We had a few good laughs too.
We started off with 17 people with a few new faces. Two more arrived during the meeting.
Three new books were donated to our library.
We had some Q and A from our members who have had ECT (electroconvulsive therapy).
Issues with isolation vs socialization.
Discussion of the positive benefits and the opportunity of adversity.
How sometimes even the smallest things can be enough to escape the depths of darkness and depression.
The impact (and sometimes lack thereof) of informing friends and employers of our conditions.
We also provided an opportunity for new people to talk individually about why they came.
Where one can get mental and physical health care in the area without insurance.
We are going to have a Saturday group from 4-6 pm. Keep an eye on the website for starting dates.
21 people came to tonight’s meeting.
Some of the things we talked about were:
Mayor Terry Bellamy named May as Mental Health Month in Asheville. Some of our members were there to receive this proclamation on behalf of Magnetic Minds.
How to deal with family devaluing you or being hypervigilant when including us in activities and in terms of monitoring our moods.
How to meet other professionals who have depression and bipolar disorder.
The stigma associated with mental illness.