Mental Health and Facebook

Today as I (Karen) opened my Facebook account, the first thing I saw were memories.  Everyday Facebook recaps things posted in years past on this same day.  Often times for me, it is fun reflection of our kids’ lives, fun vacations, and memories of the past.  Today I was reminded of how well I was able to hid a serious struggle I was going through and how that lie might have negatively impacted those around me.

Compassionate Friends Fort Myers Chapter

When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated.   Refuge.Church is starting a Compassionate Friends chapter in Fort Myers to provide personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and to help others better assist the grieving family.

The secret of The Compassionate Friends success is simple: As seasoned grievers reach out to the newly bereaved, energy that has been directed inward begins to flow outward and both are helped to heal.  We call this bi-directional healing.

Samson Society

Meeting Tuesdays @ 7pm // Starting November 8th

But I will hold on hope, and I won’t let you choke on the noose around your neck. And I’ll find strength in pain and I will change my ways. I’ll know my name as it’s called again. (The Cave, Mumford and Sons)

Why a Samson Society?

Men are silent sufferers.

1 in 10 men have an addictive behavior.  Of these, a 2012 Gallup Poll cited the top three issues men reported struggling with in their lives: pornography, sex addiction, and depression.  These members ranged in age from 15-80; 72% of the members were married, 18 % were single, and the remaining 10% were “in a relationship”.