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Friendly Harbor

Friendly Harbor is a house of refuge for adults who happen to have a mental illness. Friendly Harbor is a readily accessible place where consumers can come to end their isolation, improve self-esteem, integrate into the community, and become more adapt at interpersonal skills.

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Peer Led Support Groups

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Our peer led support groups include: Acu Detox, Anxiety and Depression, Coping Skills, Double Trouble in Recovery, Family Support, Mental Wellness, Philosophy Circle, and Stress Management. We offer a weekly cooking group for people with strong symptoms of mental illness who live in institutional or assisted care environments. Consumers prepare and eat nutritious lunches and practice socialization skills. Our twice monthly creative arts group resulted in an exhibit at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. We have a weekly; Community Meeting, Open Mic Music Group, and monthly; Educational Movie Night, Haircut Day, Movie Night, Poetry and Game Night, and Spaghetti Night.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have experienced some amazing growth since moving into our new home on Grand Avenue in 2017. Our membership has grown by 21% from 258 in 2016 to 311 in the first quarter of 2018. Most of our members attend support groups and other activities multiple times. In 2017 our visitor count was 4,461 up 24% over 2016.

We have a consumer who has utilized our services daily for support during a recent depressive episode. Peer specialists have been working with him and his case manager to support him thus reducing his suicidal ideation. He expresses how he feels like he is welcomed at the harbor and that is where his friends are and gives him hope and purpose in his day.

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