Mental health family support in Coshocton

| October 14, 2015

COSHOCTON – Coshocton area family members are organizing a new monthly family education/support group meeting in the area beginning in November. Community members affiliated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will begin meeting on Nov. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Grand Central Station Room at Coshocton Hospital, 1460 Orange St. Subsequent meetings will be the second Monday of each month at the same time and location.

“Several Coshocton area families have been travelling to Zanesville to participate in NAMI support groups,” said NAMI Six County President Paul Quinn. “They asked us to help begin a group in Coshocton. The time is right. The need is here.”

Quinn clarified this group is for people who have a family member with a brain disorder, as opposed to the ill individuals themselves. “The group’s purpose is to enable family members to better understand the illness, learn coping strategies, and support their loved one’s recovery,” Quinn said. “In order for group members to talk openly, the ill family member should not be present.” Quinn added there is no cost involved for participants. “Community members are volunteering their time and Coshocton Hospital is providing use of meeting space,” he said.

NAMI Six County’s family education/support group meetings provide a warm and accepting setting in which everyone can openly share experiences without fear of criticism, Quinn said. “Group members share ideas and resources based on personal experiences” Quinn said. “We have ‘been there’ and want to share and help others.”

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. For more information, go to:

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