Helping girls deal with DEPRESSION
Saturday, January 11, 2014 4:00 AM
A local support group hopes to provide a safe place and open environment for young girls and women who may have thoughts of self-directed violence or struggle with depression.
Jackie Osinski talks about the “No More Cutting” support group she facilitates. The group is for girls dealing with issues related to depression. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchieemail@example.com)
"No More Cutting," a spiritually-based support group for girls in junior high school through college, is designed to share hope, healing and encouragement to young adults who are struggling with depression, suicidal feelings or cutting.
Group organizer Jackie Osinski said the group for girls began after many parents began expressing concerns about their children at an emotional support group she leads on Thursday nights for adults.
The adult group is for people with depression, fear and anxiety or people who have lost loved ones to suicide.
"Girls need to be in a safe place," Osinski said. "They want to talk to someone."
Females are more likely to report attempted suicide than boys, according to statistics from the Center for Disease Control.
And Osinski knows what these girls are experiencing.
She dealt with depression for nearly two decades, even attempting suicide as a young girl, before finding her answers for hope and healing.
Now, she helps others on their journey to healing.
The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the former Eggleston Elementary School building, 419 East St.
Any girl in middle school through college is welcome to attend the meetings. There is no cost, and referrals are not required.
The group often discusses coping mechanisms for depression and triggers of depression or cutting, including sleep patterns, abuse, bullying and social media.
While bullying remains a cause for attempted suicides among girls, social media abuse also tends to be a leading cause of depression.
"It almost like nobody's escaping this," Osinski said of bullying. "It's a very difficult situation these days."
Suicide was the third-leading cause of death among people 15 to 24 years old in 2012; the second-leading cause of death in the 25 to 34 age group; and the fourth-leading cause of death for people ages 35 to 54, CDC statistics show.
Studies also show there is one successful suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.
As suicide attempts and deaths continue to rise nationally, Osinski said she hopes to reach more young women - and eventually expand programing to reach young men as well.
"We're just normal people," Osinski said of the group. "We're warm and welcoming."
The group also provides the one-on-one connections and support system many people need instead of calling a hotline number when dealing with depression.
"If you're struggling with anything, just come by," she said.
People interested in more information about the "No More Cutting" support group or the emotional support group may contact Osinski at (502) 468-6316. The adult support group meets on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1429 Clifty Drive.