Virtual Mental Health Support Groups
Why Join a Support Group
While each mental health journey is unique, finding a network of supportive individuals who can relate to your story can provide valuable information, perspective, and peer guidance, reminding you throughout that you are not alone.
How it Works / How to Join
Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center’s free Mental Health Support Groups offer peer support facilitated by trained clinicians.
Browse our comprehensive list of weekly support group offerings as well as our time limited support series to find a group that best meets your unique needs. Once you have found the group that best suits you, simply click ‘register’ and follow the registration prompts. You will receive a confirmation with the support group zoom link to the email provided during registration (Pro Tip: this link will remain the same from week to week, so no need to register again!)
Build Your Support Community
Support groups listed below are offered once weekly and are usually limited to 15 attendees per session to ensure all voices are heard. To reduce overflow of our weekly support groups, we ask that you limit registration to one group at a time (Pro Tip: If you are feeling like you need a little extra support, we suggest looking into our support group series which can offer additional opportunities to connect.)
Support Group Guidelines
To best ensure a safe space for all group members along their mental health journey, our facilitators ask that each attendee abide by the following guidelines.
- No cell phones or electronic devices in group
- You must be alone and in a private room
- Confidentiality - what is said in group stays in group
- Be mindful of what is in your camera view
- Camera must be on during group
- Group members are invited to change their display name to first name only
Content of Discussion
- Use “I” statements to speak in the first person
- Please use the term behavior or target behavior to refer to self-harm/suicidal ideation
Parameters of Care
- Support groups are an adjunct to outpatient care, and do not replace treatment needs
- Support groups are not therapy
- Support groups are peer-led groups
- A trained facilitator for each group
Support Group Series Information
We are eager to respond as we listen to our community’s needs in mental health by providing support group series to address targeted topics to deliver information and provide community. Support group series topics range from Grief to LGBTQ+ and Mental Health and can be attended in conjunction with weekly support group offerings.
Parenting in the Here & Now: Beginning May 1st, Series for parents, guardians, and other important individuals in a child’s life provides insight and education on important topics surrounding building a connected parent-child relationship, mental health, and positive body image development.
Body Grief Series: Starting May 23rd, this group will give words and validation to feelings we have in times of chronic illness, eating disorders, infertility, menopause, and so much more, as it delivers education about body grief by Jayne Mattingly, and provides community of lived experiences during the supportive breakout sessions each week.
Previous Series Offerings
Grief Support Series: This offering provided attendees to learn information about grief, normalize each individual experience, and create a community of grievers through breakout group discussion.
Post-partum Support Series for Birth Parents: Attendees gained education and support around post-partum mental health concerns.
Support Groups For Anxiety, Trauma, OCD and Mood Disorder
Mental Health Support Group for College Students
Mood & Anxiety Family and Caregiver Support Group
Support Group Suggestion
Support Group Facilitators
Support groups are led by trained facilitators, including members of our Community Outreach Liaisons team.
Cara Spagnola MSW, LISW, LCSW Link
Cara Spagnola MSW, LISW, LCSWCommunity Outreach Liaison | Midwest RegionCara has over 10 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings. She learned along the way that ...READ MORE
Shawn Pham, MSW, LSWAIC Link
Shawn Pham, MSW, LSWAICCommunity Outreach Liaison | East RegionShawn Pham graduated with his Bachelor of Social Work at George Mason University and Advanced Standing Master of Social Work at ...READ MORE
Katie Bendel, LMSW Link
Katie Bendel, LMSWCommunity Outreach Liaison | South RegionKatie believes that recovery and wellness are best developed and reinforced by community with others, and connection to our core ...READ MORE
Emma Boillotat, MSW Link
Emma Boillotat, MSWAlumni & Family Liaison | Mountain RegionEmma believes in the power of community above all else. She believes that healing and recovery can occur and flourish with the ...READ MORE
Eric Dorsa Link
Eric Dorsa(they/them)Eric Dorsa is an LGBTQ advocate, actor, comedian, and drag queen currently living in Chicago, Illinois. As an advocate for the ...READ MORE
Tatum Carter, MA Link
Tatum Carter, MANational Community Outreach ManagerTatum feels that no one is successful alone, and it takes a circle of supporters to flourish. Tatum believes that, support is ...READ MORE
Award Winning Support
Awarded Healthline's "Best of Online Eating Disorder Support Gropus" for "Best Variety of Groups" in 2021 & 2022.
Sustaining Progress & Recovery Nationwide
All Eating Recovery Center, LLC sponsored educational activities are presented in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you are in need of accommodations please contact Resources@ERCPathlight.com.
Additional Resources to Support Your Mental Health Journey
Everyone’s mental health journey is unique, requiring a diverse variety of supports. Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center is proud to offer free supports that meet the needs of our community. Browse through our offerings, and click to learn more.
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Community & Support In Recovery
We offer many support groups specifically for the alumni of our treatment programs to help provide support and sustained recovery. This allows you to connect with others who have had similar experiences to yours, in a safe, supportive and secure environment. All our support groups are facilitated by our Alumni and Family Liaison team, and trained facilitators and clinicians.
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