Sequim Hosts Depression Recovery Seminar
Sequim (Wash.) Adventist Church wrapped up its first eight-week Dr. Neil Nedley's Depression Recovery Program in November 2009 with 19 participants receiving certificates of completion.
The church hosted a special evening — a cross between a celebration and a cleansing — to conclude the first eight-week program. Attractive tables, soft background music, and a crackling fire in the fireplace provided a welcoming atmosphere where attendees enjoyed a healthy dinner menu.
After the meal, Tim Guthrie, facilitator and medical professional, asked each participant to explain their feelings about the seminar. Some mentioned the crises they have faced, like the loss of loved ones, and how eating better and taking care of their bodies helped with the stress so they don't fall into a deep depression.
While the seminar is not anti-medicine, some reported they were able to lower the amount of medicine they needed to take for their condition. Participants leave the program with a new outlook on life after learning about the total package of healthy living.
One participant shared how she planned to end her life and decided this was the last opportunity to attempt to cope with life's challenges. Thanks to the seminar sessions, she now looks forward to many happy years.
The seminar staff was thrilled and humbled as they listened to each one express their thoughts and their heartfelt thanks for making this program available in the Sequim area.
The next depression recovery seminar begins in March 2010 as Sequim continues to reach out in the community.