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Meeting Format

Our meetings are designed to best meet the needs of all participants. The meeting format is fun, engaging and easy to follow. We also try to be sensitive to the fact that some participants will be new and some will want to participate more and others less.

Our groups begin with a pre-meeting opportunity to greet other participants in a chat window or participate in a short poll. This gives everyone a chance to get acquainted and to be ready for the scheduled start of the meeting. You are also able to see a list of participants' first names as they join the meeting. The audio portion of the meeting is muted until the meeting begins.

Meeting Start-Up
When your group leader starts the meeting, you will be able to hear him/her and see him/her in a small video window. The group leader will introduce himself/herself, welcome everyone, review the meeting plan and identify the education topic. Participants will have an opportunity to help review our meeting guidelines by reading one aloud in turn if they chose to do so. Our goal here is for each person to feel welcome and to understand how our meetings work.

Participant Check-In
Participants briefly "check-in" by simply saying their first name and indicating how strongly they have a need to talk during the sharing segment of the meeting. Optionally you can mention one thing that you did in the last week that you feel was helpful to you. The check-in process helps the group leader to plan for the sharing segment of the meeting and it also kicks the meeting off with an emphasis on what is working for participants.

Education Segment
10 to 15 minutes are spent on a self-help education segment to help accelerate your recovery. This material is presented in an interactive fashion with opportunities for participants to discuss their points of view and experiences.

Sharing Time
The majority of our meeting time is dedicated to the sharing segment. The group leader will use what each person said during the check-in time to prioritize the order of sharing. Those with the strongest needs will go first and the leader will keep track of time so everyone who wants to has an opportunity to speak.

Self Care Planning / Meeting Close
Each meeting you attend will suggest some new ideas to try out. Sometimes it will be something that you have done before and were reminded of and sometimes it will be something new. In either case, participants are invited to briefly share their plans as a way to end our meetings on a positive note. As you gradually create and implement a depression recovery and management plan, you will get stronger, more energized and better.

Bipolar Support Group
Our engaging video-based groups provide self-help education and peer support. Led by a Certified Peer Specialist, these meeting are confidential and anonymous. You choose how involved you would like to be. If you don't feel comfortable talking - it's ok to just listen.
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Group Meeting: Women's Postpartum
This group is for mothers who have experienced or are experiencing postpartum depression, “the baby blues” or the anxiety that often is also present. A lot of women suffer with these issues – you don’t have to be alone. Join with an experienced facilitator and other women who understand what you are going through. You will learn about how these issues commonly impact women and importantly the things you can do to find relief.
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Depression Support Group
Our engaging video-based groups provide self-help education and peer support. Led by a Certified Peer Specialist, these meeting are confidential and anonymous. You choose how involved you would like to be. If you don't feel comfortable talking - it's ok to just listen.
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Women's Depression Support Group
Women often have a very different experience with depression than do men. More women report that they are depressed and often they are more forthcoming about the emotions and issues they experience. Come join this women's only group. Share with other women. Learn from other women. Support yourself and others as you move toward recovery.
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Group Meeting: Faith Based Group
The spiritual dimension of recovery can be very powerful indeed. This group explores how our spiritual experiences strengthen and inspire us to regain hope in our lives. It is open to people of all faiths as well as those who do not affiliate with a formal religion.
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Group Meeting: Teen & College Age Group
If you are between the ages of 16 and 24, then this group is just for you. When you're depressed, you may feel like no one understands. But depression in teens and young adults is more common than you may think. You are not alone and your depression is not hopeless.
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Group Meeting: Bereavement Group
We have all encountered a loss of a loved one or close friend, a loss of a career, a pet, time, a home or other types of loss, at some point in our lives. This means you are not alone in your feelings that led you to this group. Participants in this group will learn how to come to grasp with their loss (or terminal news of a pending loss) and know that their feelings are normal. We will also discuss when grief becomes a more serious psychological disorder and when to get outside professional help. Part of the group will be an educational segment, including topics on self-help, the stages of grief, how to find the right individual to talk to, and how to recognize when depression caused by the loss is surfacing.
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Group Meeting: Medical Students
Being a medical student is tough. Long hours, high academic standards and competitive pressure create an inordinate amount of stress and a higher than usual rate of depression. Many med students don't feel comfortable admitting to having problems - especially a psychological issue like depression. This group is a confidential way for med students to find support and jointly review evidence-based self-help material. This group follows the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change protocol (Ilardi, 2009) which has been shown to significantly reduce depressive symptoms and support long term recovery.
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One-on-One Coaching
Our One-on-One Depression Recovery Coaching is a way for you to work more intensively toward achieving and maintaining a healthier life. In our One-on-One sessions, you will meet with a certified peer specialist or recovery coach of your choosing. There will be no other participants ... just you and your coach.
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