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  • According to the Mayo Clinic, a support group is a gathering of people who share a common issue--a health problem, a mental issue or a major life change. People in support groups share advice and their concerns, making them feel better, allowing them to bond with like-minded people and helping them face upcoming challenges with less stress.

    Purpose

    During a support group meeting people discuss their challenges, experiences and possible solutions to their issue. They may discuss medical studies, how to cope with specific problems caused by their issue and how to speak with others about their problem.

    Benefits

    Support groups help people learn new coping skills, share their feelings, get a better understanding of their situation, receive advice from other people, feel less isolated, and gain a feeling of control over their situation. Support groups also reduce anxiety or depression.

    Types

    Some types of support groups include grief counseling groups, support groups for medical conditions or diseases, weight loss groups, mental health groups, life transition groups and addiction support groups.

    Location

    Support groups consist of a gathering of people who meet in a room or building. Support groups can also consist of online email groups, forums or chat rooms.

    Time Frame

    According to MindDisorders.ocm, support groups usually meet weekly or monthly at a set time. Attendance is voluntary, which allows people to attend when they physically and mentally feel ready to.

    Recommendations

    Doctors, nurses or other health care providers can recommend support groups. Libraries, places of worship, community centers, the Internet and state or national health organizations can also recommend appropriate support groups.

    Source:

    MindDisorders.com: Information About Support Groups

    The Mayo Clinic: Benefits of Support Groups

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