While many patients make great progress during treatment, maintaining those gains in the weeks and months after treatment can be a challenge. To help, aftercare programs, such as support groups, are known to help alleviate the threat of relapse and repeated hospitalizations and are recognized as a tool that contributes to sustaining long-term recovery.
Thanks to a generous donation, Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, is in the process of launching a series of support groups for those diagnosed with OCD and other anxiety disorders. The gift was inspired by the desire for additional support after the treatment process is complete.
Considered a best-practice model for supporting people who have mental health challenges, support groups have been shown to decrease symptoms and increase coping skills, leading to greater compliance with discharge protocols and improved quality of life among participants. Research also indicates that this kind of support plays a part in reducing the overall need for mental health services over time, resulting in fewer cases of relapse and repeated hospitalizations.
Specifically, Rogers expects that the support groups will help patients:
- Find strength in shared experiences through peer support
- Continue to work toward realistic and attainable goals
- Increase coping skills while living with uncertainty
“Our plan is to begin with support groups tailored for adults,” said Marisol Brost, support specialist at Rogers. “There will be options to attend group sessions here in southeastern Wisconsin, and we are looking into offering online support groups to accommodate individuals around the country. Once the adult groups are up and going, we plan to add additional groups for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents.”
The adult peer group is targeted to launch in fall of 2016.
For more information, contact Marisol Brost at 262-646-6257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.