Peer Support & Activities

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MHA offers a variety of supportive and educational opportunities for adults with mental health conditions. The Peer Support programs are led by mental health recovery educators and peers in mental health recovery.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
This class is a highly structured program facilitated by Certified WRAP Facilitators and covers three primary areas: building a support system; wellness tools such as diet, creative expression, sleep, and light; recognizing triggers and regaining control over challenging situations, and creating  individual action plans . Five key recovery concepts discussed are: hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support. With strength and courage, recovery is possible.   WRAP is an evidence-based program.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
As an evidenced-based approach ACT is offered with three different curricula:

  • “Dealing With Depression” If you ever have struggled with depression, take heart!  Emphases is to learn new skills to break through the cycle of chronic unhappiness.
  • “Living With Worry and Anxiety” Everyone worries from time to time.  However, for some individuals ‘worry is a way of life’.  Good news: you are not powerless over your worry and anxiety!
  • “Life With Anger” If you struggle at times with anger, plan to join and learn new skills to experience anger without acting on it aggressively.

Each series meets for 90 minutes in eight progressive sessions.  Devoting time to learning new information and skills, as well as providing time for group discussion about issues that arise while reviewing program material, are key elements.  Active participation is important to maximize participants’ benefits.  Currently the ACT group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 9:45am – 11:15am.  Confirmed registration is required.

Peer Support Activities
Peer activities provide opportunities for peers to interact with each other in a fun, community-based setting that allows for social support and friendships to flourish. Our Peer Support Program continues to grow at a tremendous rate. We welcome all clients of the mental health system to participate and look forward to the future of these programs with excitement!
September Calendar

Mountaintop Men’s Group
This men’s group offers support, interactive sharing, and social skills. This group meets weekly on Mondays from 10am to 11am, followed with a light lunch.

Women’s Group
This women’s group offers support, interactive sharing, and social skills. This group meets weekly on Mondays from 10am to 11am, followed with a light lunch.

Expressive Writing
Expressive Writing:  “People who engage in expressive writing  report feeling happier and less negative than before writing.  Similarly, reports of depression symptoms, rumination, and general anxiety tend to drop in the weeks and months after writing about emotional upheavals.”  The Expressive Writing class aims to reduce negative emotions, heighten positive emotions and create emotional balance through guided writing exercises.  The writing class is offered on Mondays from 1pm – 2pm and led by Dr. Carl Wade Thompson. Dr. Carl Wade Thompson is a poet, memoir essayist, and the graduate writing tutor at Texas Wesleyan University.  A Pushcart Prize nominee and multiple-time Woody Guthrie Poet, his work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals.  His method towards expressive writing is bent on the cathartic nature of composition and its therapeutic qualities.

Yoga
Yoga for women is offered on Mondays at 11am.  Join us for guided mediation and yoga with Amber Shumake. As a writer, teacher and artist, Amber aspired to integrate all that she’s learned through poetic writing, poignant teachings, and soulful portraiture.  She credits yoga with breathing her back to life and helping her heal.  Read more about Amber……
Amber Shumake
http://ambershumake.com/

Art Class with Evan Olsen
George Evan Olsen IV is a Fine Artist specializing in pastel, charcoal and oil portraits.  He currently lives in Arlington, Texas and teaches private art classes to students of all ages.  Read more about Evan…..
George Evan Olsen
http://geoportraits.com/

 Personal Growth Thursdays
Stay active in your own recovery and self-care progress and participate with us on Thursdays.  There is a full program offered, along with opportunities to meet and develop new friendships.

Personal Growth schedule includes:
Empowerment Class, 10am – 11am
Amigos Lunch, 11:30am -12:30pm*
Movers & Shakers Exercise Group, 12:30 -1pm
Relationship Social Skills Class, 1pm – 2pm
Evan Olsen Art Class, 2pm – 3pm
* Reservations are required for lunch.

Prime Time Peers
A time for peers to share in a fun socialization activity such as, art painting, bowling outings, putt putt golf, karaoke music, game day, banana splits, creating personal tie-dye t-shirts, jewelry crafts, gardening/planting flowers, etc.  This activity meets monthly on designated Fridays.  Review the Peer Calendar for the date and make your reservation today!

Warm Line
The Warm Line is a service for people who need support and human contact, but don’t need a crisis line or hotline. Warm Line offers free, confidential support for non-crisis related issues and is a safe way to make contact with a warm voice.  Phone calls are answered by peer volunteer mentors and mental health recovery educators from 1pm-5pm. Monday thru Friday, 817-546-7826. Spanish speaking volunteers are available on Mondays and Fridays.

Consumer Art Project
The Consumer Art Project exhibits artwork by clients at MHA. Most of the art is for sale at prices determined by the artists, with all proceeds going to the artists. Drop by to view our gallery at Mental Health America. If interested, contact MHA for help in submitting art.