It allows the individuals to build a sense of community, break stigmas around challenges and also learn coping strategies.
A support group provides a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for individuals with similar concerns or challenges, example, individuals who have depression, anxiety, parents of children with depression or school refusal etc. It is a space to safely share your experiences with others. When individuals share their experiences, they also learn from other’s experiences and being surrounded by the support of others sailing in the same boat can also provide a sense of security while minimizing the feeling of being alone.
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
- Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
- Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
- Improving skills to cope with challenges
- Staying motivated to manage challenges or stick to treatment plans
- Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
- Improving understanding of a challenge and your own experience with it
- Getting practical feedback about options