Last updated: July 31. 2014 1:28PM - 156 Views
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The Compeer programs of Warren and Clinton Counties recently celebrated Compeer Friendship Week.

Compeer Friendship Week was celebrated at Max & Erma’s. This was an opportunity to show appreciation to the individuals who are involved in making the program a success, stated a spokesperson. The evening’s theme was “Thanks for being a bucket filler” and was based on the book, “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?”

The author Carol McCloud describes how everyone walks around with an invisible bucket. The bucket holds our good thoughts and feelings about ourselves. During the day we either fill or empty buckets by what we say and do to others, a media release stated. Accordingly, the room was decorated with buckets of goodies and participants were recognized for their role in Compeer.

The program had a coffee hour at Jen’s Deli. The topic was recovery and how everyone’s recovery looks different. Afterward was a painting activity in which individuals drew what wellness looked like to them; the things that help them stay well and what they are like healthy.

Compeer volunteers are needed, the spokesperson stated. You can make a difference just by being a friend to someone who is receiving mental health services.

“Compeer uses the power of friendship to help adults with mental illness live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Loneliness, isolation, fear and loss of self-esteem are often experienced when living with mental illness such as depression, bi-polar illness and anxiety. A strong support system can help to restore joy and hope,” according to the media release.

As a volunteer, you will meet with your friend a few hours a month at mutually convenient times to do activities you both enjoy. Some favorites are having coffee, shopping, movies, walking, sporting events, community events or just visiting together. Compeer also offers activities throughout the month that all participants can be a part of.

Volunteers receive training from Compeer staff, as well as ongoing support.

To get involved or to find out more, contact Michelle Rolf at 513-562-2581 or email her at mrolf@mhankyswoh.org.

Compeer is a program of Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio. It’s funded by Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton Counties, United Way of Warren County and United Way of Clinton County.

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