Benefits of being part of a Support Group

What is a support group?

A support group is a gathering of people with a common concern or health issue.  Support groups do not contain treatment from a medical provider, instead they focus on a specific condition and emphasize emotional support and shared experiences.  Members are typically free to share their concerns, important information they have learned, or provide advice to other members.

Benefits in a Support Group

  • Talking honestly and expressing feelings              
  • Feeling less isolated
  • Better understanding of your condition
  • Reducing anxiety, stress, fear of the unknown
  • Feeling more in control
  • Gaining advice from others with a similar
  • Finding doctors and other valuable resources

How to find a support group

  • Ask your doctor or health care provider
  • Call the local hospital
  • Perform an online search
  • Check with local churches/charity organizations
  • Check with large foundations for instance American Heart Association, National MS Society, American Cancer Society, etc.