Support Group Project

In 2007 JIMHO Project DOORS received a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health to start a program within the Drop-in Centers across the state of Michigan to assist with the training and growth of support groups and self-help groups.  Included within this program is a full training on Facilitation, including conflict resolution, what a facilitator is, facilitator skills, and many more topics that are pertinent to Facilitation.  A training manual was also developed by JIMHO that is given out during the training.

To date, well over 500 people have been trained in facilitation skills as a result of this project and have gone on to facilitate groups or participate in support groups.

This training is offered by JIMHO at no charge to consumer-run drop-in centers and a minimal charge to Community Mental Health agencies. 

The goal of this project is to enable people with a mental illness to attain the skills needed to lead groups and expand the services offered by drop-in centers.

Currently there are over 100 support groups offered at the 55 drop-in centers in the state of Michigan.  Groups range from an Equine Therapy group at the Benzonia dr0p-in center, to Arts and Crafts groups in many centers, a Ladies Tea group in Munising, Vet to Vet in Lansing, and the 5 Stages of Recovery group in Jackson.  These groups vary from site to site. 

A statewide Self-Help/Support Group Conference is held every year in Lansing, Michigan for those interested in attaining more information regarding support groups and facilitation.  In addition, the same type of conference is offered in Marquette, Michigan almost every year for people residing too far away to access the conference in Lansing. 
Information regarding these conferences are found on this website and the JIMHO Facebook Pages. 

You may contact JIMHO by phone for additional information about the conferences or if you are interested in hosting a Facilitation Training Workshop. 

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         ECHOS Support Group

                    Who We are

ECHOS is an independent self-help group for people struggling with addictions and who have a psychiatric diagnosis.  The purpose of ECHOS is to help one another overcome our addictions, prevent re-lapse, and learn to mansage our emotional or psychiatric diagnosis in a healthy and constructive way that promotes recovery.

ECHOS has two requirements for membership:

1. A desire to refrain from the intoxicating actions of addiction.

2. A desire to maintain stable mental health.

ECHOS is a peer-run group where people share their experience, strength, and hope.  The group develops ways to assist in creating a life that is fulfilling and productive.  ECHOS provides people with information regarding available resources and supports within the community to assist in their recovery.

ECHOS provides education on the "Five Stages of Recovery", 
"Stages of Change" and the necessary skills needed to assist the individual on their journey and creating a life free from addiction. 

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