MCC Wellness Support Groups
Discussion Groups Designed to Keep Us Connected
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant challenges for those infected with the virus, as well as their family members and countless healthcare professionals now working extended hours. In addition to those physically affected, the extended quarantine and business closures have also caused substantial mental and psychological challenges for many individuals who have lost their employment, been isolated from friends and family, or are now forced to e-learn away from teachers and classmates.
In an effort to help manage the changing personal and professional landscape, we would like to provide a support structure or outlet to help members, family, and friends cope with this new reality. Therefore, we are forming discussion groups to give individuals an opportunity to connect with fellow church members. During these discussions, members can communicate success stories and challenges in a safe environment, as well as get information on resources available to help manage issues.
The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) has published twenty toolkits to help employers and individuals cope with many of the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. These overviews can be used as “conversation starters” for facilitators to begin and guide their discussions. Suggested topics are:
- Week 1 – Discussion: “It’s Ok Not To Be Ok – Managing Grief”
- Week 2 – Discussion: “Financial Wellbeing”
- Week 3 – Discussion: “Social Distancing and Connection Care – Staying Connected”
- Week 4 – Discussion: “Managing Expectations – At Work and Home”
- Week 5 – Discussion: “Nutritious Food”
- Week 6 – Discussion: “Physical Activity At Home – How To Stay Active”
- Week 7 – Discussion: “Rest and Play – Getting Proper Rest During This Time”
- Week 8 – Discussion: “Gratitude – “What’s Going Well?”
There is a maximum of 10-12 members per group. Each participant must register to participate in a group within their age range. Members will attend the same group each week. Each group will have one discussion per week, lasting an hour for a pilot of 4 weeks (Session 1). We will gather feedback to ensure quality groups and then continue with the following sessions.