Welcome to Christian Mental Illness Peer Support Group of Wisconsin
We are an online Christian Mental Illness Peer Support Group out of Viroqua, WI
My name is Rev. Adam Becker. I have suffered with mental illness since I was a child. I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder, ADHD, Anxiety and OCD thoughts. It has been a struggle but my faith in Jesus Christ has really helped me. In Christianity and in churches I wasnt always accepted having a mental illness. There is a lot of miss information and stigma in churches but my personal relationship with Christ made it clear to me that Jesus accepts me and values me despite being Bipolar and other things. I dont know where I would be without my faith, Gods presence in my life and prayer as well as Biblical principles. I got a degree from a well known Bible college in Biblical studies and pastored a couple of churches. God called me into ministry to serve others and share His love. I felt a need to start this Christian mental illness peer support group as it is something I have personally dealt with in my life and there is so much stigma in Christianity and some churches. I have co led a non-Christian mental health peer support group and know the need for a Christian one. There are so many people of faith that struggle with mental health and just dont have a lot of places to turn. It is my prayer that this group is a safe place to turn.
Community and our meeting times and link
You also don’t have to be a Christian to join this group, all are welcome. We meet weekly on Thursdays 6pm at the St. Mary's Annunciation Church, 400 Congress Ave, Viroqua, WI.
This group is peer-led group that offers a casual and relaxed environment. The members in this group offer support from their own experiences.
You can also join our facebook group by going to the following link to interact with community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/263879684657006
About our group
The title and description of the group is “Christian Mental Illness Peer Support Group.” and it is interdenominational
The name of the group is “Recovery Through Christ.”
If you are suffering with and living with mental health issues and think you would benefit from a peer support group, then please give us a try. You don't have to be alone in your struggle with mental health. This is an interdenominational peer support group for people of all Christian faiths. But you dont need to be a Christian to join, all are welcome. This group will meet weekly, In this group tools will be shared about how faith, trust, prayer, scripture, and a relationship with Christ can help you find meaning in suffering. This group offers peer support in how faith and different resources and tools have helped each member. This group is a safe place to share and find support from peers and we do not discuss politics or political parties. It is our goal that this group can help you accept that you may be living with mental illness your whole life but that God is with you and He still values you. Things like poverty, loneliness, mental issues, and suffering do not make you any less of a Christian. Recovery from mental illness is not really about a cure and not about not having symptoms but being able to function better while still suffering with some issues. Recovery is a lifelong process. Recovery is best served with Christ as the focus. This group also implements and shares things like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and modern psychology as well as recommends local medical resources. This group is not a replacement for medical treatment. We do believe in medical treatment and medicine, but this group is something that you can add to them to help in recovery and coping with symptoms. There is a lot of stigma, miss information in churches, and the Christian community when it comes to mental illness. Through this group we hope to combat some of that.. We ask that in order to join this group you are an adult, have mental health struggles. Feel free to email me with any questions about the group.
Our Support Group Facilitators
Adam Becker: Adam Becker is the Lead facilitator and founder of our support group. Adam is an ordained minister and has a degree in Biblical Studies from a well-known Bible college and seminary. Adam has served as a pastor of a couple local churches and has been doing a non-denominational online ministry for nearly 20 years. He has taken psychology and counselling courses through a couple of different colleges and studied extensively on those subjects. He has previous experience doing pastoral counseling through the churches he used to pastor as well as was co facilitator of a local Mental Health peer support group. Adam has also suffered with mental illness since childhood.
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