April 21, 2009
We're answering the question: How can I deal with depression and discouragement?
Okay, this is the last week of Dot Com(unity)'s inaugural journey. It's been fun for me, and I hope worthwhile for all of you!
The big question we are addressing this week is: "How can I deal with depression and discouragement?" That's a tough one, obviously. But the study provides an interesting answer right off the bat in the form of a story about pychiatrist Carl Meninger:
Dr. Carl Meninger, a world-renowned psychiatrist, once gave a lecture on mental health and was answering questions from the audience. Someone said, "What would you advise a person to do if they felt a nervous breakdown coming on?" Most people thought he would say, "Go see a psychiatrist immediately," but he didn’t. To their astonishment, Dr. Meninger replied, "Lock up your house, go across the railroad tracks, find somebody in need, and help that person."
That kind of piqued my curiosity, and I'm wondering if it did the same for you? What do you think about that advice? Is that something you could say in your small group? How?
And to help out with getting a conversation started on this difficult topic, here are some icebreakers and other activities that may help:
1. Cheering Someone On (Outreach Option). These are some practical ways to encourage the downhearted in your small group.
2. All Emotional (Icebreaker). Give group members a chance to role play different emotions.
3. One or the Other (Icebreaker). A creative way to find out how group members are feeling.
posted by Sam O'Neal on April 21, 2009 9:19 AM