Our Support Groups:

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Due to the NJ mandates (COVID-19), as of March 19 we are closed and not offering any in-person meetings.  We will meet via Facebook Video Chat. Please scroll through the groups we offer and see if there is an online meeting for that group.

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Self-Harm

 Beyond  Bandages is a self-injury support group for adult men and women who cause self-inflicted pain and/or injuries to themselves (as a form of coping), who are seeking support or have overcome and looking for support, in a group environment.  

  •  1st & 3rd Thursdays @ 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • 2nd & 4th Thursdays @ 7:00pm-8:00pm

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Self-Harm

 Throw Out is a "check-in" style virtual meeting for adult men and women who are part of the Beyond Bandages group.  We talk and throw things out that are bad/bothering us and reuse what’s good!  

 

  • Every Monday @ 7:30pm-8:15pm

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BFRB Support

 You Are Not Alone (YANA) is a support group for those who live with any type of skin picking/body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB). This is a very supportive group with other men and women that are struggling with skin picking, hair pulling and other body-focused behaviors. 

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Suicide Loss Support

  Healing Hearts is a support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. This is a very supportive group with other men and women that are facing a similar loss. It is an open discussion format, sharing experience and allowing each person to share without interruption.  

Questions To Ask Yourself:

Is A Support Group Right For Me? 

  • A support group The best way to know if you are ready for a support group is if you can discuss topics without being "set off" or "triggered". 
  • Ask yourself, "Can I go 2 hours without harming or acting out in some way?" If you answer yes, then you are ready for a group.

What Group Is Right For Me?

  • Currently we offer 3 different support groups (see above) and you would need to be able to "sit through" a 2 hour meeting (there is a 10 minute break halfway through. 

What If I Don't Want to Talk?

  • You are not required to share if you prefer not to.

Guidelines:

  • If you have visible fresh cuts or scratches, please cover them for the duration of the meeting.
  • What is said during any of the group, stays in the group; this is the essential principle of confidentiality and must be respected by all. 
  • Everyone is given an opportunity to talk and no one person should monopolize group time. 
  • It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share. We treat one another with respect and kindness and show compassion. 
  • Use “I” language. That means speak from your own experience. Do not give advice unless asked to do so. 
  • It’s okay not to share. You do not have to have a topic.
  • Set your cell phone ringer to vibrate or turn it off entirely. There is no phone use during meetings; if you need to use your phone for any reason, please leave the room to do so. 
  • If you need to leave the meeting early or at any time, feel free to do so, but please leave quietly. 
  • We do allow drinks and snacks; please have with you prior to meeting starting as we don't allow "in and out" to get drinks or snacks.
  • These support groups are offered for support and not at all a mental health group or substitution for any treatment or therapy. 
  • While we highly encourage socializing, we don’t recommend dating other members of the group. 
  • If you are experiencing a crisis or mental health emergency, please contact your doctor, or the crisis line (800) 273-TALK, or 911 or go to your preferred hospital or ER.