If you’re facing a major illness or stressful life change, you don’t have to go it alone. A support group can help. Find out how to choose the right one.
Regardless of format, in a support group, you’ll find people with problems similar to yours. Members of a support group typically share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. They may also offer practical advice and tips to help you cope with your situation.
Benefits of participating in support groups may include:
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
- Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
- Improved coping skills and adjustment
- An opportunity to talk openly and honestly about your feelings
- Reduction in distress, depression or anxiety
- A clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
- Learning about new medical research
- Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
- Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options