In Our Own Voice: Oct. 10, 6 p.m.

Come hear one of NAMI Greater Houston members share a compelling personal story about living with mental illness, focusing on recovery, and the message of hope. In Our Own Voice is a program of the National Association for Mental Illness which shares information about mental illness, mental health recovery, and its impact on participants’ lives…in their own voices.  The program provides an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.

Anyone familiar with mental illness knows that recovery is not a singular event, but a multi-dimensional, multi-linear journey characterized more by the mindset of the one taking it than by his or her condition at any given moment along the way.  Understanding recovery as having several dimensions makes its uneven course easier to accept. Much as we don’t blame the cancer patient for dying of invasive tumors, we can’t condemn a consumer whose symptoms overtake his or her best efforts to manage illness.   Recovery is the point in someone’s illness in which the illness is no longer the first and foremost part of his or her life, no longer the essence of all his or her existence.  Ultimately, recovery is about attitude and making the effort.

When Too Much is Not Enough: Dealing with Addiction

by presenter Cheryl Rhode, LCSW
Thursday, September 13, 6:00 p.m.
Christ the King member Cheryl Rhode is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice.  She has extensive experience in chemical dependency and other compulsive behavioral issues. Her topic “When Too Much Is Not Enough: Dealing with Addition” is one that all of us can benefit from, especially in light of the opioid crisis we are hearing about in the daily news. Every congregation and community has members with chemical dependency issues. Please join our Community of Hope lay chaplains for this important discussion on Thursday, September 13, 6:00 p.m. in  the second floor council room.

Walking the Mourner’s Path – A Grief Support Program

We all experience the grief that comes with losing someone we love and with that grief comes the journey of mourning. Christ the King Church will offer an eight week support program Monday, September 18 – November 6 facilitated by Beverly Davis and Linda Schoene. The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Mondays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church. Participants will have the opportunity to share their journey with others and discover that while their pain is unique, they are not alone. Christ is present with those who mourn and there are tools for moving forward while honoring our loved ones. If you are interested in joining the group please contact Beverly, or Linda, to determine if this group will meet your needs. Registration deadline is August 25.