Grief is tough. Two of the toughest parts of grief is feeling alone and not knowing how to grieve. In our fast-paced world, we are given very little time to work through our grief. This can leave us feeling like we “should be over it by now”. There are a lot of right ways to grieve. The only real way to do it “wrong” is to attempt to avoid it. Ironically and sadly, this prolongs the process. I have worked with many people recently who are struggling with unresolved grief. Specifically grief over the death of a loved one that occurred over a year ago and they are having difficulty getting past it. This unresolved grief obviously thwarts efforts to be happy.
To alleviate feelings of isolated, lonely grief and to help educate mourners on the process of grief, I offer the Unresolved Grief Group. Most of the work done in regards to grief occurs outside of the therapeutic arena. Therefore, this group will be offered once a month, to give mourners an opportunity to do the work needed between groups.
This will be a closed group. This means that once the group has begun, newcomers will not be allowed into the group. Those who attend are making a commitment to show up each month for 12 months. Group members must be screened by me to determine whether the person is appropriate and a good fit for the group. Such a consultation will be 10-15 minutes in length and that consultation will be free of charge. The cost of the group will be $25 for each group which is expected to last approximately one and half hours. The group will be held at my office (220 East 3900 South #7) on the first Wednesday of each month. To set up a consultation or if you have any questions, please E-mail me at frank@saltlakementalhealth.com or call 877-476-6338 for recorded information

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‘Just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the struggles of the clients and professionals at Valley Mental Health. Last week they announced that they will be laying off over 100 employees and closing some of its programs. The staff at VMH work very, very hard to make a difference in the lives of those entrusted into their care. The work can be very challenging and the pay is poor but these dedicated professionals do it because they care. Now over 100 of my professional breathren will join the ranks of the unemployed. As I write this, I send my sincerest good wishes and hope that this transition will lead them to a new, and even brighter future.

To the clients of VMH: I hope you will continue to reach out for the hand they offer. It may not look the way it has in the past, but the helping hand is still there. As Valley goes through this transition, it might be tempting to stay home, to isolate. You know where that road goes. Reach out to your peers, family and friends ESPECIALLY if you do not feel like it. Please remember the great lesson of Viktor Frankl: you can always, always, always CHOOSE your own attitude. If you are in crisis call 9-1-1, Valley’s crisis line (801-261-1442, the national suicide hotline 800-SUICIDE (or 800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (or 800-273-8255). You may also find the support groups section of this website helpful.

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