Group Hope is a program of the Mental Health Association of Rock Valley (MHARRV). In addition, Group Hope is associated with Mental Health America (MHA) and affiliated as a local chapter of the national Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).
Our program is offered as a free/no-charge opportunity to talk with, and listen to, others who know the personal nature of depression, mania, anxiety, OCD and panic attacks.
Our discussions are safe and nonjudgmental.
NEW TEEN GROUP MEETING
Every TUESDAY, 5:45 PM at RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 6816 N. 2nd St, Machesney Park, IL. 61115. All are welcome.
NEW ROCKFORD WEST SIDE MEETING SCHEDULE
Every SATURDAY, 4:30 to 6 PM at Rockford Memorial Hospital, in the cafeteria on the 1st floor. Enter the South entrance on ground level — up one floor— go to the back of the cafeteria in room 4 & 5.
For our other meetings held throughout the area check the schedule at the bottom of the page or click on the Blog tab on the menu bar.
ALL MEETINGS ARE FREE OF CHARGE
GROUP HOPE IS A LIFELINE
We are a lifeline to people seeking to understand this illness — and to be understood.
Our facilitator assisted meetings encourage those suffering with depression or bipolar to meet with other interested people who come to support each other. As we help each other we help ourselves.
We find that gentle and respectful discussions allow us to relax and gain relief from the draining stress of “faking it” with other people. We are much more than just another support group.
SOME OF THE MANY BENEFITS
We see each other’s courage
We find hope
We learn ways to express ourselves to others
We get to engage in “face to face social media”
We gain knowledge about finding counseling, medicines, and local resources
We learn details of this illness from each other
We become more informed about mental illness.
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US
What members say:
“We know it’s scary for everyone. All of us resisted coming; we are glad we did because we were isolating, feeling humiliated, suicidal, or worthless. We felt hopeless inside — unable to concentrate due to panic, anxiety or racing thoughts.”
If you have ever felt that way, consider attending your first meeting.
FOR QUESTIONS AND INFORMATION
Rockford — Call Charles at 815-398-9628
Belvidere — Call Bill at 815-633-8063
Rochelle —- Call Carl at 815-901-5338
Not sure if you should attend?
Maybe you feel that there is something bothering you deep inside, that you are not quite yourself. Perhaps you have feelings of sadness, confusion, or complete hopelessness.
If you or someone you care about feels this way…please join us for a meeting and hear what others have to say. Group Hope may offer you the chance to share your inner most thoughts and feelings.