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Self-Care: Support Groups

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 20, 2017
Support groups bring together people facing similar issues. A support group can help you cope better and feel less isolated as you make connections with others who are experiencing similar challenges.

Usually, a support group is led by a person who has received some training, but unlike formal group therapy, support groups are usually not led by a professional therapist.

Most support groups meet on a regular basis, and typically the number of participants is limited. Smaller groups promote sharing by all members.

Benefits of participating in support groups may include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment
  • Improving coping skills
  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
  • Getting practical advice or information
  • Comparing notes about resources
When joining a support group, you may be uncomfortable at first to discuss problems in front of strangers, but the fact that others are facing the same type of situation may help you open up and share your feelings. In addition, everything that takes place within the support group should be kept confidential.

There are MCF support groups throughout the state. Click below for information on other support groups for caregivers of youth with behavioral health issues:
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