Making Connections to Recover Together

Finding others who can relate to what you’re going through creates a sense of community

Whether you’re a parent or caregiver or you’re someone with lived experience, having a strong support system is one of the greatest recovery tools.

That’s because it’s common to feel isolated after a mental health diagnosis. Suddenly you’re learning to navigate a new reality—one that can be unpredictable and riddled with setbacks.

If your friends or family members have never experienced it, it’s hard for them to provide the same support as compared to those who have shared the same struggles. There’s a huge benefit to joining a support group with people who are walking the same path as you.

Supporting One Another

Bill’s Online Video Discussion Groups are available exclusively to caregivers and people with lived experience who are looking for a safe, supportive environment to connect with others and work on recovery together.

Each 90-minute session provides plenty of opportunity for group members to engage by sharing information, learning from one another, and even improving their social skills.

Key Benefits of joining one of Bill’s Online Video Discussion Groups:

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Convenient to Join

Sessions take place over Zoom so you can participate from anywhere. Several sessions are offered each week. You choose the session time that will work with your schedule.

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Full of Hope

When you see others at different stages of recovery, you develop a greater sense of self-awareness and understanding. Someone a few steps ahead of you can serve as a role model and give you renewed hope that recovery is possible.

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Shared Experiences

By joining a group with others working through recovery, you see that you’re not alone; many others share your challenges which can bring a sense of relief and a greater understanding.

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Improved Social Skills

For those with lived experience, being diagnosed with a mental illness can lead to withdrawing from social situations. By joining one of Bill’s Online Video Discussion Groups, you have the chance to practice your social skills in a safe, non-judgmental setting.

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A Sense of Togetherness

When you meet others who understand first-hand what you’re going through, you come together as allies working toward a common goal. You’re rooting for them and they’re rooting for you.

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Affordable

Compared to therapy sessions that can run hundreds of dollars each, you pay one low monthly membership fee of $64.95 that includes four 90-minute sessions every month.

Meet Your Group Hosts..

BILL MACPHEE

Bill MacPhee is a mental health advocate and author of To Cry a Dry Tear: Bill MacPhee’s Journey of Hope and Recovery With Schizophrenia. As someone with lived experience for more than 30 years, Bill has decades of insight into mental health issues and schizophrenia in particular. Bill uses his "10 Steps to Recovery" to focus on finding a purpose so you can look to the future instead of being stuck where you are.

MARTHA MASON

Martha Mason is a mental health advocate and a former social worker and mediator who’s been active in areas of mental health, health care, gerontology for more than three decades. Martha has also been touched by mental health issues in her own family. Her experience as a caregiver has given her valuable insight that she’s looking forward to sharing with others.

CHOOSE YOUR DISCUSSION GROUP NOW

Making Life Better

There’s strength in numbers, and finding others who share your struggles can help you deal with challenges that sometimes seem impossible to overcome.

When you join one of Bill’s Online Video Discussion Groups, you’ll meet people just like you who understand the day-to-day struggles you face; they’re looking to share and find ways to improve the life of someone with a mental illness.

Groups are open to caregivers and people with lived experience, providing a unique dynamic that gives the perspective from both sides of recovery.

You choose the host and group you’d like to join and meet up with them each week for 90 minutes of support, encouragement, and validation.

Groups are limited to 9 participants and one host. Once a group is full, you have the option of either choosing another group or being placed on a waiting list. You must remain with the discussion group for which you registered for at least one month before requesting a switch to another group (if available), since the goal is to build a sense of community and within each group.

One-on-one sessions are available upon request.

Visit our FAQ page for more information or contact Bill.

How Does A Zoom Group Work?

Take a look at what an Online Discussion Group looks like. You’ll be one of 9 participants inside a private Zoom group where you can ask questions, share stories, and connect with other caregivers and people with lived experience.

Your Online Discussion Group looks the same every time you log in. You’ll see the same faces each week so you can build relationships and learn about one another.

Your moderator is there to facilitate the meeting, but the discussion is totally up to you and the others in your group. Use the time to ask others about their recovery experiences or help others who are looking for help.

Ready to try a group out for free right now? Email Bill now or call 289-320-8079 to sign up for one of the following dates*:

Mondays 4-5:30 p.m. EST, hosted by Martha Mason

  • November 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m. EST, hosted by Bill MacPhee

  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Thursdays 2-3 p.m. EST, hosted by Bill MaPhee

  • November 5, 12, 19 26
  • Saturdays 7-8:30 p.m. EST, hosted by Bill MacPhee

  • November 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Find a quiet spot and sign in to join 8 other participants and 1 host for a 90-minute online session where you’re encouraged to share your experiences and show support for others in the group.

    *One trial session per person. You must register for your free Online Discussion Group by email or phone. Spots filled on a first-come first-served basis.