Volunteers teach skills to help people recover from mental, emotional disabilities

At Friendship Community Center, adults recovering from mental and emotional disabilities work in a safe, homelike environment to acquire skills so they are able to function successfully.

Recovering from mental illness is not something that can be done alone. Through this peer support program, members work with counselors and volunteers who can empathize with the feelings and symptoms of mental illness because most of them have been there.

Mikey Coffman is one of the volunteers.

After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spending several years "severely mentally ill. I thought mental illness was a dead end and that I would be chained to a wall somewhere," Ms. Coffman said.

She credits a strong support group of friends and church members for giving her the strength and learning tools to overcome it. Now she wants to do the same for others.

"It's all about paying it forward," she said. "It was done for me and I just want to give back what I received."

She knows the program works, citing the experience of a Friendship Center client who came to her after his mother died.

"He not only took care of the situation but told us which tools he used to get through his mama's death,'' she said. "That's all about Friendship. That's what we do."

HELPING OUT

WHAT: Friendship Community Center, a nonprofit organization funded by United Way

THE MISSION: Help adults recovering from mental and emotional disabilities practice life skills in a safe, homelike environment.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Donations of clothing, household goods, personal items and computers in good condition are sought. Call (706) 736-4339, or send an e-mail to friendship center@knology.net

More

Shopgirl: Facebook competing with eBay, Craigslist

Facebook is trying to get into the eBay/Craigslist selling game, with a new feature called Marketplace. It works off of your... Read more

Jesus continues to bless the children as silent actor

 

Recently I was doing an important but boring task – meeting with a financial planner. We were going through my “... Read more

Shopgirl: App zaps need for mosquito repellant

OK, this is pretty cool: we’ve all woken up with legs full of mosquito bites and sworn never to go outside again, but with this new app Anti... Read more