Friendship Network - Lonely and Recovering from Mental Illness
The brainchild of Alice Cohen, Friendship Network was inspired by difficulties experienced by a family member. Alice realized that those recovering from mental illness are often isolated from their peers and unable to make and/or sustain friendships.
Recognizing that establishing a social life is a crucial part of recovery, Alice founded the Friendship Network to bring people together. Nancy Schlessel, FN Social Worker, shares Alice's vision and they feel that together they can help people make these vital connections.
Friendship Network's goal is to help alleviate the feelings of isolation and loneliness that members experience because of their illness. By participating in the program, they meet other members and begin to develop friendships. Most feel free to be themselves because of shared experiences and mutual understanding.
Friendship Network is a unique not-for-profit organization which introduces men and women recovering from mental illness to one another. If you are 20 years or older and feel lonely or isolated because you suffer from a mental illness such as an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder (aka manic depression), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), borderline personality disorder (BPD), depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, phobias such as agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, or any other mood, personality, or mental health disorder, the NAMI Queens/Nassau-sponsored program FRIENDSHIP NETWORK is for you.
Friendship Network serves the five boroughs of New York City (Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Brooklyn), Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk County), Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.