About the Group:

The main focus of this support group is anxiety and depression; however, the group is open to anyone ages 18+, and no formal diagnosis is required. The topics will focus on issues such as isolation, coping skills, goal setting, mindfulness, self-care, and mental health stigma. This group is an open forum support group, which means there is no specific weekly agenda, and you can talk openly about your feelings without judgment in order to reduce feelings of loneliness, isolation, and depression.

Research has long noted the link between social isolation and mental well-being. Poor social support can make it more challenging for people to manage stress, which can significantly affect health and well-being. This online support group hopes to combat the experience of isolation and stigma that is commonly found in those who are struggling with mental health problems. The purpose of this group is to provide an opportunity for community members to share personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies, feel connected and cultivate a sense of belongingness, helping those who struggle combat symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

What to Expect:

The group will meet virtually on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. Participants are encouraged to turn on their camera and microphone, however, it is understood that is not comfortable for everyone. The group will begin by discussing the guidelines for confidentiality and expectations. An icebreaker will be used to help the participants get to know each other and begin to develop a sense of comfort. Following this, the floor will be opened and any member who wants to share.


About the Leader:

Casey Knuth, MHANI Trainer

“When I was a child, I remember watching my mom go through periods of depression and struggling to connect with others because of it. As a teenager, I began to experience my own struggles with depression. I was lucky enough to have supportive family and friends who were willing to discuss mental health and provide nonjudgmental support. My professional mental health journey began when I was working in schools with children and teens, encountering many kids who expressed feelings of confusion, sadness, and fear regarding their mental health. I completed my master’s degree in counseling receiving both my school counseling license and mental health counseling associate license. It is my mission to share what I’ve learned from both my own personal struggle and my professional experience to help reduce isolation and stigma surrounding depression, anxiety, and other mental illness.”