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