Here is what I had printed out to give to each of them to look over and read: Ideas: 1: Book Club every third or fourth meeting with books about mental health issues. After everyone has read them, we could discuss what we all thought about the books. 2: Question and Answer time. This would be where anyone who had a question or problem could ask and anyone who either knew the answer or thought they knew where to find the answer or solution would offer it. 3: Themes for each session such as: Social Security Disability All the Mental Health illnesses we deal with and what they mean How to read a psychiatric evaluation and Diagnosiss. Psychopharmacology and medication guidelines Childhood mental health Advocating for ourselves and others Resources in the area 4: Along with having the themes to talk about, there would be time to just be there to support each other. That would be the main goal. While information is very important, support is of the utmost importance when dealing with mental illnesses that leave a person feeling alone and isolated. After I gave them this hand out and everyone read it, we started talking. Almost from the first I got flack. First off, at least two of them started saying they didnt want to have to read a book between every meeting. I had to explain that wasnt what I said. I was thinking that if we read a book in two months we would be doing good. Then some said...oh ...I dont read well and I dont know if I could find the book...yada yada. So now Im thinking...books on tape and I will make copies! Then some folks said...They make books on tape??? Heavens knows what will happen to them when they find out what a Kindle is...lol. They seemed to understand question and answer except I think they think of it more of a simply talk session. Good enough. Not pushing that. They really fought me hard on all the themes. It appears I am going to be the leader for the next year because they want nothing to do with touching any of this. They are scared to death of the ideas of learning about stuff. Its too heavy for them. One lady is a school teacher too and she had to sound out psychopharmacology and then ask me what it meant! She should have at least been able to have guessed at it. This is the same woman who wants to insist that we not use the words mental illness but she will use bipolar or depression. I want to get a shirt that says Mentally Ill and Proud of It. These folks had never heard of a psychiatric evaluation or what an Axis was or what a GAF meant. All this stuff was info I told them I wanted to teach them. They asked me how come I know this stuff, if I had gone to school or something. I told them no I hadnt but my kids were diagnosed young and I started to become involved in educating myself about what was going on with them because no one was going to do anything to them that I didnt know about and when I learned about me, no one was going to give me any thing that I didnt know about. Heavens, doesnt that make good, common sense? I wouldnt just take a pill without knowing if it was an antidepressent or a mood stabilizer or an ap. No way.