Aguayo Starts Support Group for Women Suffering from Depression and Related Disordersby Tara Aguayo on March 17, 2015
Tara Aguayo is starting a support group for women who are suffering from depression, stress, anxiety or disorders. The first meeting will be on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Bremen Missionary Church which is located on the corner of Elm and 3rd Road at 2958 Elm Road in Bremen. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 546-4830 or 546-4071.
The meetings will be first about expressing feelings or problems people are having and giving support, encouragement, and advice. We will talk about ways to cope with our depression, anxiety, stress, or disorders. We will have a workbook to work on if no one has anything they need to talk about. Aguayo stated, "I will have handouts printed off the computer about depression, anxiety, stress and disorders. If anyone wants to know information about their disorders we can do research on the computer for them or teach them how to do it. We can recommend books from the library. I am not sure but I might try to have a special speaker once a year if it works out. I am not sure if there are any mental health events around here to go to or not but if I have time I might check into that. I might think about doing something during mental health awareness week too, maybe something to help educate the public on depression, anxiety, and mental disorders. These are my ideas but I am not promising to do all these ideas just as much as I have time to do because with my anxiety disorder sometimes I become very easily overwhelmed and then I will have problems with my anxiety which can also affect my other disorders."
Aguayo has a lot of reasons for starting this support group. These are her reasons:
"1. As a dedicated Christian I feel God calling me to do this. I believe it is part of God's plan for my life. I want to make a difference in this world and I feel that this will be my contribution to society. This is a way for me to serve God and help others.
One of the gifts/talents God has given me is that I love people and I am good at working with them (I used to work in Human Resources.) and showing compassion and encouraging people. I want to use the gifts/talents God gave me.
2. I want to help people like me who struggle with depression, anxiety or disorders how I have learned to cope over the past 22 years that I have been diagnosed. I believe God wants me to use my struggles with disorders to bring something good out of something bad by helping others
3. I want to help people to get the help they need because people with depression and disorders are afraid to come forward for help because there are some people who are uneducated about disorders and depression that would place a stigma on them that would make them feel ashamed or embarrassed and make fun of them and judge people with disorders and depression instead of trying to understand them and help them."
Disorders, depression, and anxiety are no different than any other health problems so then why are these people treated differently and having a stigma placed on them? People with disorders, depression, and anxiety need to know that they are not alone and there are people who understand them and can help them and they need not suffer in silence or be ashamed.