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Helping Minds

Depression support group
helps sufferers heal

Everyone is welcome,
regardless of ability to pay, age, etc.

By Nichole Osinski
Contributing Writer

(December 2011) – Vis Vires is latin for strength, power or might. This is the basis behind Jackie Osinski’s plan to help individuals overcome depression. Because of her own experience as a counselor and a desire to reach out to others, the depression support group Vis Vires was formed.

Jackie Osinski

Photo by Nichole Osinski

Jackie Osinski and partner Eliane Hansen offer weekly counseling sessions for those suffering from depression.

Osinski structures this support group around her strong belief that many individuals can be healed from depression without drugs or medicine. She also welcomes individuals free of charge so that people are not financially restricted from receiving help.
Vis Vires is held 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m Thursdays at the New Life Fellowship Church, 142 Clifty Dr., Madison, Ind. Individuals can also come and go if they aren’t able to stay for the full session.
Osinski’s experience in helping others begins with her own previous battle through depression.
“Because of my past struggle and how I overcame it, I’ve been able to use this to show others they can also live a life free from depression,” said Osinski.
She became the pastor of an Assembly’s of God church for several years in Charlestown, Ind., and had also organized counseling sessions. This is when she began to see an influx of people coming to her because of their struggle with depression. Many of these people knew she had gone through the same kind of situation and wanted support from someone who could relate.
In 2002 Osinski resigned from her pastoral position when she felt led to write a book on depression. She hoped to reach out to more people and decided writing a book would give her this opportunity.
In her book, “Breaking the Back of Depression,” Osinski applied her past counseling techniques that she had used in counseling sessions to publish a guide to positively help people.
The book was a success, and Osinski began to get calls and personal visits from people who were seeing results. Still, she wanted a way to do more. When she started to find statistics about the rise in depression and suicide, she determined it was time to do something.
When a relative mentioned starting a clinic for depression, Osinski started looking into opening a support group in Madison. With this new vision, she first decided to find an assistant who had a heart for people and had experience with those struggling with depression and inner conflict.
She didn’t have to look look further than Eliane Hansen, a friend she had met through ministry when Osinski first moved to Madison three years ago. Hansen had been in the educational system for 33 years had a vast experience with teenagers struggling with their home lives, depression and suicide.
“There is quite a need to work with young people,” said Hansen. “We would like to give them tools not just to cope but to rid themselves from the depression.”
Once this idea was established, Osinski then wanted to use the name Vis Vires to represent the power to overcome depression.
The sessions begin with a 30-minute teaching by Osinski or a guest speaker. They address inner healing and moving toward the goal of being set free from depression. This is followed by a 45-minute open discussion for those who are present. At the end, they close in prayer and leave time for one-on-one counseling.
All ages are welcome and they hope to reach out to more teenagers, since studies have shown a dramatic rise in bullying and harassment in the school system.
Eventually, they would like to expand the clinic to have more staff – a 24-hour depression and suicide hotline as well as several branches of healing clinics.
“We have to take this one step at a time,” said Osinski. “We’re hoping in the coming months that people will find support, strength and healing here.”

• For more information, call Jackie Osinski at (502) 468-6316.

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