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August 20, 2007

**REMINDER -- ENROLL NOW FOR TOMORROW'S CHAT**
FOS11 Chat Program Online Community Support Group
Managing Anxiety Leading up to September

With the summer season upon us, now is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, spend time with friends and family or plan a getaway. It is usually the time of year we think about rest, relaxation and renewal. However, for some there may be feelings of looming anxiety about September approaching. How do you take away the power/ impact of that day and reclaim the calendar?

During the next chat, we will continue our discussion from the last session and discuss ways to manage anxiety leading up to September. Do you “build a reservoir of positive feelings” for the future? Or “bottle the sounds, sensations and sunshine of the summer” to save for a fall day? What works for you? Join this chat session on Tuesday, August 21st, 7:45 PM EDT to listen to others, share your thoughts and strategies. Log-in is from 7:45 - 8:00pm EDT and the Chat will start at 8:00pm promptly.

This online chat session will provide 9/11 victims' families, survivors, first responders, and others affected by the attacks at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and Shanksville the opportunity to discuss issues and topics of importance in a safe, supportive environment. As a reminder, all participants must be FOS11 members (click here to learn about membership). Dr. Donna Gaffney, a licensed mental health professional and noted trauma specialist, will facilitate the chat. 

To enroll, click the link and follow the directions below.
https://www.familiesofseptember11.org/chat2/membership_form.asp?chatID=82107

For directions using the actual screens you will see when you enroll, click here.  When you click on the link above to enroll you will then:

  • First use your FOS11 membership username and password to get to the chat registration (if you don’t know your membership information, you may retrieve it or re-register by clicking here.
  • Then, create a specific chat name and password for this chat.  Your chat name and password should use only letters - do not use numbers or symbols.  You can re-use your chat name and password for subsequent chats. 
  • A few minutes later you will receive a confirmation email that you are enrolled which also includes the link to use on the day of the chat, to get into the chat.

On the day of the chat:

  • Log-in to the chat 15 minutes before the chat is scheduled to begin.  Click on the link that was sent in the email (mentioned above).  Be sure to use your FOS11 membership username and password and your chat name and password when prompted.
  •  Your computer may then prompt you to install Java.  You need an upgraded version of JAVA to participate in the chat.  Allow the chat interface to direct you to the upgrade, then you click "yes" to upgrade, and the JAVA wizard will walk you through the process.  It may take a few minutes, but it is not difficult.
  • If you experience any problems during this process, call (212) 575-1878 or email chathelp@familiesofseptember11.org and describe the issue you are having and give us your contact information, so we can help you through the log-in.

Please forward this email to others who you think might like to participate. To register as a member with Families of September 11, please visit:
https://www.familiesofseptember11.org/register.aspx

Membership is free and open to 9/11 families, survivors, first responders and others interested in supporting our mission.