Red River Hospital is the leading provider of inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare in Wichita Falls, TX. Our treatment services & specialized programs address drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring mental illness.
Mental Health and Support Groups
When you are suffering from a mental illness, you are bound to experience negative effects; especially if your symptoms go untreated. Thankfully, there are support groups available that can provide you with encouragement from others in the community who can relate to what you have experienced in the past and what you might continue to experience as you continue to recover.
If you have completed professional treatment, you should have been provided with an aftercare plan that encouraged participation in support groups within your community. Following this direction can be extremely beneficial to your recovery.
Support groups can offer you a space to share your experiences with mental illness, as well as listen to and learn from the experiences of others. Through this process, everyone involved can begin to develop positive coping skills. Additionally, everyone participating in the group can offer continuous encouragement and support to one another.
Support groups are often tailored to specific populations. In order to be of most benefit to participants, the topics addressed within support group meetings must be relevant to their experiences. When searching for local support groups in your area, be specific about what you’re looking for.
If you are a female veteran or are active duty, or if you are a family member of a servicewoman, there is support available for the challenges that you might experience, including any mental illness that you might be struggling with (e.g. posttraumatic stress disorder). To find a support group in Wichita that is specific to your needs, please visit the following link:
For those who are grappling with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, support is available in Wichita. This disease presents many different types of challenges than other types of mental illness. It can be a difficult time, both for the person who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and for his or her loved ones. It can be easy to become overwhelmed or to feel isolated, but you do not have to go through the struggles of this disease alone. To find out where Alzheimer’s-specific support group meetings are held, please click on the link below:
Drug and alcohol addiction is an all-too-common occurrence throughout the country, and if you are looking for support to help you maintain your recovery, connecting to 12-Step programming can be beneficial. To find out where meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are being held, please visit the links below:
For Loved Ones
When someone you care for, be it a spouse, sibling, parent, child, or friend, is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, you can feel lost, alone, and helpless. While you might feel extremely overwhelmed, it is important to know that you do not have to go through this alone.
Similar to the support your loved ones can receive for their mental illness, you can find community support, too. Finding a support group geared towards the specific mental illness that your loved one is suffering from can help you appropriately express your emotions, as well as listen as others do the same. Through these groups, you can gain helpful coping skills, and receive support and encouragement that can help you best care for your loved one.
Making the Most of Meetings
Once you find one or more meetings that fit your needs, it can be helpful to participate in them fully so that you can reap the greatest benefit possible. As soon as you are secure in your own recovery, you can go on to provide that same support and encouragement to others.