When you are faced with a stressful life change, it’s good to know you don’t have to go through it alone. Finding a support group can be super helpful.
Support groups bring people together who are going through similar experiences. This allows people to share personal experiences, first hand information or feelings on dealing with what they are going through.
When you are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, it can feel like you are the only person dealing with so much. That’s why support groups are so helpful. They are filled with people in similar situations.
Some benefits of participating in a support group can include:
Help gain a sense of empowerment, control or hope
Learn about health, economic or social resources
Help feel less lonely, isolated or judged
Help reduce depression, anxiety or distress
Improve understanding of disease or situation you are experiencing
Get practical feedback
A place to talk openly about feelings
Improve your coping skills and sense of adjustment
How do you find a support group in your area? Here are some suggestions:
Check with local hospital or community centers, they should have a list of local support groups.
Enter your zip code on Eldercare Locator to find the area agency on aging for your area.