Fresh Hope for Mental Health
...a Christian support group for those with mental health challenges, and for their loved ones.
The Purpose of Fresh Hope
To empower those with mental health challenges and their loved ones to live a full, rich,and faith-filled life in spite of having a mental health diagnosis.
Type of Support Group
Fresh Hope is a mutual-help, peer-to-peer support group in which members encourage one another as equals under the guidance of a facilitator. The meeting format includes both a large and small group experience, where members can share as little or as much of their "journey" as they desire.
Fresh Hope is not intended to replace professional treatment such as therapy and prescribed medications when needed. Rather, Fresh Hope serves as a supplemental support and information system so that members and those who love them might develop tools to help them manage their illness on a daily basis in order to live with dignity and hope in Christ.
Proven Track Record
Fresh Hope has a proven track record as an effective approach to mental health recovery from a Christian perspective:
- 96% of the weekly participants attribute their participation as the reason they now feel more hopeful than prior to their participation in Fresh Hope.
- 92% of those who have attended other mental health support groups say that Fresh Hope has been more positive and helpful in their recovery than any previous groups.
- 86% of those who were suicidal prior to coming to Fresh Hope report that they have not been suicidal since participating.
- 71% have had no hospital stays (outpatient or inpatient) since
When to Begin
You are welcome to begin attending a Fresh Hope group at any point in your recovery. Discussion topics vary from week to week, addressing a broad range of mental health challenges.
Loved ones are also welcome any time and are encouraged to attend even if the person they love is not yet ready to take that step.
Recovery Principles of Fresh Hope
My life is affected by a mental health issue and can become unmanageable and hopeless, especially if ignored or untreated. Therefore, I choose the help and support of others to overcome the struggles and find more joy in life.
"l can do everything through Him Who gives me strength." PHILIPPIANS 4:13 (NIV)
My mental health challenge has also affected my relationships and the lives of those around me. Therefore, I choose to overcome for both my own good, and the good of those who love me.
"So let's pursue those things which bring peace and which are good for each other." ROMANS 14:19 (God's Word Translation, 1995)
My disorder can become an excuse. Therefore, I choose to believe I can live a full and rich life in spite of my disorder. I choose the support of people who will urge me to "push through".
"Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up." 1Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
My disorder can lead me to feel hopeless. Therefore, I choose to believe, regardless of my feelings, that there is help and hope for my physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." JEREMIAH 29:11 (NIV)
While medicine is a key component in my recovery, it is not the only answer. Therefore, I choose to explore new ways of thinking and acting in my relationships and daily living.
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 CORINTHIANS 10:5
At times I have allowed myself to become a victim, "defined" by my disorder. Therefore I choose to overcome and live in hope and joy, in spite of my disorder.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7
Contact InformationContact: Wayne Dollarhide
Meeting InformationMeeting days: Thursdays
Meeting times: 7 PM
Meeting location: Room 217 on Lower Campus