‘Give it a Whirl’ for Wellness meets variety of recovery needs

Published Feb 12, 2018 at 4:00pm

A new support group for anyone coping with health and wellness challenges begins Friday, Feb. 16, through the collaboration of the Center for Family Life and Recovery and Rome Memorial Hospital’s Mohawk Valley Radiation Medicine.

“Give it a Whirl” for Wellness is a creative way to socialize, help and be helped by others with similar conditions or circumstances, organizers said.

“Give it a Whirl” for Wellness is an opportunity for people learning to cope with health and wellness challenges, whether it is quitting smoking for good, overcoming illness or treatments, or facing life changes, to meet with others in similar situations. More than a support group, it gives Individuals, family and friends an opportunity to come together in a welcoming, comfortable, and inspiring way.

The free meetings will be centered around a creative activity led by the Center for Family Life and Recovery Fridays at Mohawk Valley Radiation Medicine, 107 E. Chestnut St.:

  • Feb. 16, 2 p.m.: Learn to Paint
  • Feb. 23, 6 p.m.: Paper Quilling
  • March 2, 2 p.m.: Story Writing and Telling
  • March 9, 6 p.m.: Cake Decorating
  • March 16, 2 p.m.: Charcoal Drawing
  • March 23, 6 p.m.: Jewelry Making

The public is encouraged to attend any or all of the meetings. No registration is necessary. There is easy access and plenty of parking on the east side of the building.

Life’s challenges can sometimes be overwhelming, organizers noted. When that happens, discovering a network of support, friendship and hope helps people learn how to cope. It can be helpful to meet and talk with people who know exactly what you are going through, because they have been there, too.

“Groups like this one provide outlets for anyone in a period of recovery,” explained Kathy Peters, advocacy coordinator, Center for Family Life and Recovery. “Recovery can mean any time an individual or family member is learning to cope with an illness, dependency, or a life altering event. It is a time to reach out, encourage and support one another.”

“This is a great opportunity to join others for an hour of creativity and fellowship where you just may find the support you need,” Peters added.

Benefits from participating in groups that offer support and a creative outlet may include:

  • Feeling less lonely or judged
  • Improving coping skills
  • Reducing stress or anxiety
  • Learning from others with similar experiences
  • Gaining a sense of control
  • Learning new ways to improve your health and wellness

For more information, call Kathy Peters at 315-768-2650.

The Center for Family Life and Recovery provides health and hope for individuals and families through advocacy, prevention, counseling and training.