Support Groups: How Do They Help?
What Is a Support Group?
What Kinds of Groups Are Available?
- Chronic illnesses/conditions—such as cancer , diabetes , fibromyalgia , post-traumatic stress disorder , alcoholism , and depression
- Situational crises—such as divorce, unemployment, single parenting , widowhood , caregiving , and surviving a loved one’s suicide
- Personal growth and wellness—such as weight loss , smoking cessation , exercise , men’s and women’s groups
- Family support—which includes groups that help family members cope with a loved one’s illness or condition
What Do You Get From a Support Group?
Does Everyone Benefit?
How Do You Find a Group?
Hearts and Minds http://www.heartsandminds.org/self/
National Mental Health Consumers' Self-help Clearinghouse http://www.mhselfhelp.org/
Canadian Mental Health Association http://www.cmha.ca/
Canadian Psychiatric Association http://www.cpa-apc.org/
Cancer support groups: questions and answers. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/ . Updated February 2002. Accessed August 13, 2008.
Harvard Health Letter website. Available at: http://www.chpg.net/health.html .
University of Wisconsin, Health and Human Issues Department website. Available at: http://www.dcs.wisc.edu/pda/hhi/ .
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