Online Peer Support Group for Improving Social Skills
(Online Peer Support Group)
Instructor: Diana Jung
-MA, BC-TMH, Resident in Counseling, QPBHI
When: 4/5/21~ 5/12/21 (6 Sessions)
Every Monday at 1:00-2:00pm
Where: via Zoom (Online)
Fee: $120 ($20 per session)
(Limited space only for 6 people)
The Social Skills Group is focused on helping students build the necessary skills to make and keep friends, develop more confidence in a social situation, and practice useful strategies in problem-solving, decision making, and self-management. They will learn valuable lessons that will help them become more socially confident while improving their overall social and emotional intelligence.
1st session: Feeling Good About Myself
2nd session: Respecting Myself and Others
3rd session: Communicating with Others
4th session: Making Friends
5th session: Keeping Friends
6th session: Dealing some challenges
A person dies by suicide every 11 minutes in the United States. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among ten to thirty‐four year olds. Suicide rates are exponentially rising across Virginia. According to the research of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, one person dies by suicide every 7 hours in Virginia. However, most Americans remain unaware that suicide is a national health crisis. The impact suicide has on the lives of family members, friends, co‐workers, and the community is devastating. The loss of human potential is enormous.
We hope you will walk with us, The Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington, as we walk the beautiful path to raise awareness of the devastation of suicide and its prevention.
How to prevent suicide
Change the language around brain illness and suicide:
Not mental illness but brain illness; not a character flaw but a chemical imbalance; not “commit suicide” but “died from suicide.” Suicide is a final symptom of brain illness that is an organ disease, like any other physical illness.
End the stigma around brain illness and suicide and promote authentic dialog in an open setting. It is often the one suffering, who tries to reach out for help, but we often miss the opportunity to offer assistance, or even fail to recognize a need. Learn to reach out, connect, offer to help.
Help parents and families learn about mental illness; find resources to help their loved ones**; navigate through the mental health system; help parents to learn continuing the care of their loved ones after the hospital discharge; and promote emotional wellbeing of the patients and the family; help children and young adults asking for help and support from the parents and the family members.
** Suicide Line Victoria, an agency out of Australia, provides some excellent sample statements on their website for those assisting someone who is suicidal or recovering from a suicide attempt.
Promote and encourage mental healthcare providers to make explicit commitments to reduce suicide death and work with parents and families in caring for the loved ones.
Recognize and support organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults suffering from the brain illness, by addressing the stigma of brain illness and suicide through education and increased awareness.
Help establishing local residential programs that serve children and young adults and their family members.
Make changes for equal access to mental health care treatment as physical health for more than 60 million Americans living with mental health condition.
The Information above is attributed to the late Ms.Elizabeth Morgan Brown.
Quoted from the website www.elizabethmorganbrown.org