Jewish Family Services offers online support

When going through a tough time, support groups can make all of the difference.

Jewish Family Services is offering three online support groups targeted towards specific audiences: those with chronic illness, new mothers, and caregivers. According to studies, chronic illness affects nearly half of the adult population. This group can aid in reducing isolation, and encourage bonding with people of similar experience. Members will learn strategies and tips for coping and make new friends at the same time. The group is facilitated by Randye Zerman, LCSW. Beginning Feb. 5 it will run for eight weeks, every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

The online new mother support group will discuss how to deal with the highs and lows of motherhood. The first year of a baby’s life is a special time between mother and baby, but there are a variety of potential physical and emotional struggles new mothers undergo. Facilitated by Lisa Mounts, LCSW, the group begins on Feb. 11 and will run for eight Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

Caring for a loved one can be rewarding, challenging, and often, emotionally draining. This group will address all issues in a non-judgmental environment and discuss the opportunities and challenges of caring for a loved one. The group is facilitated by Jan Mittleman, LCSW. Starting on Feb. 14, the group will run for eight Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m.,

The online support groups will be hosted by Vidyo, Inc., a confidential and secure video-conferencing service. All you need is a computer with internet access.

For more information, call Lisa-Loraine Smith, LCSW, at 203-622-1881 or email [email protected]

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