helps sufferers heal
regardless of ability to pay, age, etc.
(December 2011) Vis Vires is latin for strength,
power or might. This is the basis behind Jackie Osinskis 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.
by Nichole Osinski
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 arent able to stay for the full session.
Osinskis experience in helping others begins with her own previous
battle through depression.
Because of my past struggle and how I overcame it, Ive 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 Assemblys 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 didnt 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
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
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. Were
hoping in the coming months that people will find support, strength
and healing here.
For more information, call Jackie Osinski at
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