Support Groups and Programs

“Support groups bring together people facing similar issues, whether that’s illness, relationship problems or major life changes. Members of support groups often share experiences and advice. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same situation.” – Mayo Clinic

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Tips on how to find a support group:

  • Ask your doctor or other health care provider for assistance. Your doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain or psychologist may be able to recommend a support group for you.
  • Search the Internet. Online support groups are available as email lists, newsgroups, chat rooms, blogs and social networking sites, such as Facebook.
  • Contact local centers. Contact community centers, libraries, churches, mosques, synagogues or temples in your area and ask about support groups.
  • Check your local listings. Look in your local telephone book or check your newspaper for a listing of support resources.
  • Ask people you know with the condition. Ask others you know with the same illness or life situation for support group suggestions.
  • Contact organizations. Contact a state or national organization devoted to your disease, condition or situation.

Some support groups and conditions for which such groups may be formed are:

  • Addiction
  • AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asperger syndrome
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Breastfeeding
  • Brain Attack or Brain Trauma
  • Cancer
  • Circadian rhythm disorders, e.g. DSPD, Non-24
  • Codependency
  • Diabetes
  • Debtors Anonymous
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Ex-gay groups
  • Families of addicts & alcoholics
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gamblers Anonymous
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Miscarriage
  • Mood Disorders
  • Narcolepsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Red Skin Syndrome/Topical Steroid Addiction and Withdrawal
  • Sexual abuse survivors
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stroke
  • Suicide prevention
  • Ulcerative Colitis