Support groups are groups of people who share a common condition or difficulty, such as medical conditions, grief, or substance abuse. Members of such a group share their personal journey, comfort, support and advice based on their own experiences. These groups are often run by nonprofit organizations, hospitals, clinics or other established organizations. Support groups are different from therapy groups in that they are not necessarily run by a licensed mental health professional like those at http://accesscm.org. They are often member run and organized, but some do invite a mental health professional to facilitate the group or to consult about how to make it most helpful.
These groups are especially helpful in the first few months of an illness or disability, as the reality of the situation begins to set in. This is when people tend to feel alone, overwhelmed, and may not know where to turn for information. Such groups can also be very important to people with long lasting or chronic illness, because the ongoing difficulties can otherwise wear on a person’s emotions, motivation and relationships. Sharing your honest feelings with a group of people with similar concerns can help you to feel more emotionally connected and less alone, especially if you’re feeling isolated from friends and family. Continue reading