COVID-19 Bereavement Support Groups

COVID-19 Bereavement Support Groups

People are unable to grieve the loss of loved ones in ways they are used to. No wakes for Christians. No shivas for Jews. No three-day mourning periods for Muslims.

That’s why the Association for Mental Health and Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County are now offering online bereavement support groups designed to provide comfort, support, and “grief tools” to those who have lost loved ones to the COVID-19 virus.

There is no cost to join. Pre-registration is required and limited to 12 participants per group on a first-come basis.


Grieving Adults Support Groups

For people who have lost a loved one to Coronavirus and can not grieve in person with their loved ones. The groups will bring together others who are struggling to come to terms with the loss, to create a sense of closure, and to grieve in community.
Wednesdays, 12:30pm-1:30pm. May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10. REGISTER
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-8:00pm. May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10. REGISTER

 

Veterans Bereavement Support Group

For Veterans and their families who have lost someone to Coronavirus and can not grieve in person with their loved ones. This group will deal with issues specific to the Veterans community.
Tuesdays, 3:45pm-4:45pm. May 19, May 26, June 2, and June 9. REGISTER

 

Peer Bereavement Support Group

For individuals experiencing a mental health condition who have lost a loved one to Coronavirus. Participants have a safe and supportive space to share their stories with others who can truly relate to their pain and experiences.
Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm. May 21, May 28, June 4, and June 11. REGISTER

 

Creative Arts Bereavement Support Group

The making of art can serve as a safe outlet for the expression of thoughts and emotions relating to death and loss. By expressing these feelings in a symbolic manner, mourners can nurture their sense of control, organization, and containment. Participants may use such art supplies as copy paper, colored pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, and glue.
Thursdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm. May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, and June 25. REGISTER


Questions? Call Alexis Rodgers at 631-471-7242 x1315 or arodgers@mhaw.org

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Nearly 1 in 5 adults, more than 18%, in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year.

5-6% of American adults have a serious mental illness; about 2% have disorders that are long-term and disabling, contributing to very high rates of unemployment and poor living conditions.

More than 450 million people around the world live with mental illnesses.

20-25% of Americans have a diagnosable mental and/or substance use disorder in any given year: 6.8 million people with an addiction have a mental illness.

There were approximately 20.6 million people in the United States over the age of 12 with an addiction in 2011, excluding tobacco.

Over 3 million people in 2011 received treatment for their addiction.

The Long Island Coalition estimated that there are approximately 3,000 homeless people in Nassau County and 64 of them are living on the streets.

30-40% of homeless adults and 15-20% of people in jails and prisons in the United States have a serious mental illness. This is often accompanied by substance abuse problems in both these populations.

As many as 10% of children have a serious emotional disturbance, contributing to school failure and other serious problems.

Just over 20 percent of children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children in the US have autism.

As the number of older adults doubles over the next two decades so will the number of older adults with mental disordersThis includes 5.5 million older adults who currently have Alzheimer’s disorder or other dementia. Without advances in prevention, this will rise to 11 million older adults with dementia by 2050.

11 to 20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) have been diagnosed with PTSD.

30% of soldiers develop mental problems within 3 to 4 months of being home.

Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (aka PTSD, an anxiety disorder that follows experiencing a traumatic event) are the most common mental health problems faced by returning troops.