About Find the
Light Online Support Group
(Advertising information listed below)
In 2003 I
had a vision of creating a place on the net for people to come together to talk and
receive support-for those suffering from mental illnesses
such as mood disorders, anxiety, and/or substance abuse.
This has since evolved to support for only anxiety and mood
Based on my own personal experience, I knew that giving and receiving support
was integral to anyone wishing to recover from debilitating
mental illness. I personally was in my own recovery from
depression and anxiety so I had a vested personal interest.
I brought together my technical skills with my strong desire to
give and receive help-this is how Find the Light (FTL) was
Today FTL has grown into a solid entity on the net
that many have come to rely on daily for support and education.
September's issue of Glamour Magazine mentions Find the
Light in the Cover Story, "The Female Stress Crisis,
Solved!", as part of a holistic approach to managing
stress and anxiety.
Check it out at Glamour
Find the Light has been mentioned in other
highly visible magazines, including Women's Day and BP Hope
recently was listed on the
Find the Light's mission is twofold. The
private support group is
where approved members come together in a private community
based on positive support. It is heavily moderated and monitored in order to ensure the
safety, comfort, and privacy of each member. I want the
group to be a place where people can come and get
validation, encouragement, and peer support. Click
for member testimonials.
FTL focuses education and resources . I have a very strong belief that in order for anyone
to recover we must first understand what is going on with
our minds, spirits, and bodies.
***NOTE**** We are temporarily not accepting new members.
Please look into
The private support group can be found by clicking
the "Online Support Forum" link on the vertical menu bar to
the left of any page on the site. There currently is a $4.99
charge per month, based only on months used. When signing up
you will experience our screening process which consists of
an automatic email to you with questions for you to answer.
Please reply to those honestly and with as much detail as
you can. We will then let you know of the
status for admission. We are for adults only so no minors may participate.
Our members find that this modest fee is very reasonable.
For those of you that are teens I do hope you can call on
your school counselor, parents, a pastor-someone that you
can talk to about what may be bothering you. Many Christian
churches offer support for teens. We are a group
that encourages positive, healthy exchanges of support. We
do not provide therapy and we do not indulge in
confrontational exchanges. We get enough of that in our
"face to face" world. Screening is the first step to
ensuring the safety and integrity of the group.
Barry, MS, CTT+
(Tristine lives in the Tampa Bay, FL area with her husband,
Dave Barry, SEO,
and two dogs and is the Assimilation Coach for the
Recovery Program at
Generations Christian Church)
CTT+ has a Masters degree in Mental Health
Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and is
as a Technical Trainer (based on Adult Learning Theory).
In the past she has served as Webmaster for the Ft.
Lauderdale Psi Chi Honor Society for Psychology Chapter. She has a
passion for education in addition to helping those that
suffer from mental illness and addictions.
In addition to the above, Tristine brings to the table over
fifteen years experience in the technology field, primarily
in software use and training, including most Microsoft apps
with strong familiarity in Microsoft Office, Windows, and
Internet Explorer. She does most of her own writing and
editing for the
Find the Light.
provided on Find the Light
is designed to support, not
replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site
visitor and his/her physician.