Craig woman organizes support group

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Sharlene Battaglia

If you go …

What: Depression and Bipolar Support Group

When: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday

Where: The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop, Craig

— For more information, call Sharlene Battaglia at 620-4478.

Sharlene Battaglia can relate to those invited to the Depression and Bipolar Support Group she recently formed.

“I’ve experienced depression, myself,” Battaglia said. “I know how it feels to be in ‘the black hole.’”

Battaglia moved a year and a half ago to Craig from Sacramento, Calif., and recognized a need in the Craig community for such a group, due to a high suicide rate and limited resources.

“There’s a big need here because there are so many people who fall through the cracks,” Battaglia said. “I think a lot of people are lost. They don’t know which way to turn or what to do. So, that’s why I’m doing it.”

Battaglia organized the support group under Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, a local nonprofit that works to educate the community and reduce the number of suicides and attempts.

The support group began June 28 and meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop.

A group of eight Craig residents makes up the group currently.

Battaglia said she welcomes anyone suffering from depression or bipolar disorder.

She also welcomes those who have loved ones suffering or anyone wishing to learn more about the diseases.

Battaglia said the group is ideal “if you need someone to talk to and a place to feel free to open up and meet people in the same boat.”

In addition to talking about how attendees are feeling, Battaglia said she aims to assist them with insurance, medications and education.

She hopes to “empower people to be more in charge of their self and their health,” Battaglia said.

For more information about the Depression and Bipolar Support Group, call Sharlene Battaglia at 620-4478.

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