“The service qualities provided to those attending the Saturday support group sessions are uniquely outstanding oases of compassionate understanding, acceptance and support; therefore each and everyone present has the best available opportunities to learn in their own personal ways. Self-respect is fully present always, and much appreciated by all.The variety of differences enhances the chances of everyone finding something to improve their quality of life during each and every session.As there are endless variations of individuals journeying through life, there are endless possibilities and options to be discovered and embodied. The trusting environment created by all attending, creates confidence to share and empower each other.” – Carol M.
“I have been a member of the Mental Wellness Support Group, founded by Dr. Hamdy Rayes, for over one year. I have been battling depression for nearly 25 years, and am very grateful to have found this support group for people struggling with depression. The group has a very different approach to dealing with depression; a more holistic approach, which is in my opinion, a good alternative to medication alone.” – Janet P.
“I appreciated the opportunity to attend the group meetings. I valued your encouragement and the feedback I got from you and the attendees. I feel more self-confident and very happy for my progress. I got wonderful advice to solve my problems at work. When I started attending the group meetings, I was overwhelmed with my problems. Now I am able to give feedback to help other members. Thank you very much for helping me improve.” – Monica A.
“Hamdy, Thank you so much for inviting me to attend the support group meeting. It was a wonderful experience. I spent the whole rest of the day feeling just great. I will be coming to the next group session without a doubt. Meditation brought my heart rate down in a more natural way. Thanks again,” – Julie H.
“Thank you so much for today’s session. I will try to omit words “what if” from my thoughts. I will focus on the moment. I will give myself some credit for the work that I am doing and how it is helping me heal.” – Rohnda S.
“I’m so glad that I came to the meeting today – I will look for FUN as the next thing to work on – I will continue with meditation – I will visit my students this coming week – I will continue to seek out the caring people in my life (family, friends, professionals).” – Sonya M.
“I really appreciated the freedom we had to share our stories. It was very useful and helpful – I was inspired by the stories of strength and challenges – There were so many different situations, but we have a common thread. You always ensure everyone gets a full chance to tell their stories.I will work on deep breathing – I will see keep up with my supplements. I will take the time to get to know myself a little better and to be good to myself.” – Maurine K.
“I appreciated the opportunity to attend the group meetings. I valued your encouragement and the feedback I got from you and the attendees. I feel more self-confident and very happy for my progress. I got wonderful advice to solve my problems at work.When I started attending the group meetings, I was overwhelmed with my problems. Now I am able to give feedback to help other members. Thank you very much for helping me improve.” – Monica A.
“I felt so wonderful to help and get help from other members of the group through sharing my experiences and what has helped me. Attending the group meeting made me committed to do that.” – Rebecca J.
“The Mental Wellness Support Group is a very good, interactive group. It was good to know that there are others who have had the same experiences. I know now that I am not alone. I learned that I can resolve my issues. My life can get back to where it was before getting depressed.” – Sharon A.
“I found that just coming to the group meeting made me feel empowered to take on the day.” – Mary G.
“Meditation was powerful. After attending the group, I find living life happily is so easy. But I have to work on it. I learned how important exercise is to my mental health.” – Ben O.
“I was empowered to heal. Getting my life back is possible.” – Janet W.
“I enjoyed the meetings: excellent discussions, interesting variety of topics. Meditation focus was very helpful too.” – John E.
“Nice to know what people have tried, their experience and how things helped them.” – Sage K.
“I like the group because the feeling of safety. I have trust issues, so the feeling of safety in the group was very important.” – Ernie K.
“I learned how important to grow my social network. I also learned how to be kind to myself as well as others.” – Caroline S.
“I have good feeling about the group and the feedback I get from them.” – Jason H.
“I like the way the group shares their experiences and I learnt from them. I also like the trusting environment of the group. Use of mindfulness with no judgment and no negative self talk helped me a lot.” – Anonymous
“It was helpful for me to learn how others’ issues were similar to mine. It was helpful because I can’t always express my experience to the group.” – Nancy R.
“I learned from the group how exercise plays a big role in my recovery of mental health. I have to take my mental health seriously. Mental Health is a business not a game.” – Chris N.
“I learned how social network is important for our recovery especially if gathering is going to be part of the healing.” – Linda K.
“Hamdy’s responses were very succinctly well directed to what we were saying … or not saying. So many light bulbs brightening. You treated everyone as we’re very important. Which also helps us to forgive ourselves – which enables validation, empowerment, safety, and the opportunity to do self-care right “now” and in front of others. Yah, that goes a long way to know like, loving ourselves.” – Jenny S.
“Who would have thought? I feel blessed to have met a group that has opened me up to my life’s purpose. Good group. Love the breathing and meditation. You are doing the right thing and on the right track. Inspiring stories people had. Nice to see people offering suggestions. I appreciate the support I got here.” – Barbara W.
“Important to be content with what is and what you have. It was nice meeting you Hamdy. I enjoyed the meetings. I am going to practice deep breathing and meditation. It was very relieving to talk about my problems and hear your feedback. It was very interesting to learn about other people experiences.” – Tanya G.