People who need someone to talk to or listen are welcome to attend a new mental health support group, I.O.U. (Importance of Unimpaired), the last Monday of each month at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.
The confidential, non-religious based support group-type environment of the gatherings will allow those attending to share, learn, inspire, and more regarding all concerns about mental health. Meetings are held from 2-3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Earl Bedard Board Room on the lower level of the hospital.
“To be unimpaired means to be healthy. If talking, or even listening helps you help your own well-being, please come,” said Facilitator Christina Mullen, a mental health advocate from Crosby. She added that there will be no introductions and no standing in front of a crowd.
Mullen says, as the I.O.U. implies, people owe it to themselves to keep their well-being healthy. Mullen’s son Conner was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, high anxiety, and depression. Born May 25, 1995, he died June 2, 2014, as a result of suicide. Mullen said, although the group is not a cure-all for what ails individuals, together, those in the group can help those who may be in similar situations to Conner. She encourages attendees to feel free to share their thoughts, insight, inspirational quotes, and other information so that everyone may give hope to those who fear there is none and share knowledge with those in search of it.
Registration for the support group is not required. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/groups/inhonorofconner