The obstacles we face on a daily basis can seem overwhelming at times and almost unbearable. But know that, you're never alone.
Support groups are gatherings of people who share a common health concern or interest. Support groups can offer a network for people who need fellowship from those who understand their struggles. By joining a support group, you can find a supportive community of people to help you overcome any stresses you may encounter.
Types of Support Groups
With today’s technology, support groups come in many shapes and sizes – they could be in person, over the phone, through a web forum, or on a video conference call. They could be led by a professional such as a doctor or therapist, or they may be a group of friends who are getting together to discuss their shared situation. There is a group to fit everyone’s individual needs.
The Benefits of Joining a Support Group
Here are the a multitude of benefits to participating in a support group:
• Feeling less lonely and isolated • Gaining a sense of control • Improving coping skills • Talking about your experience • Reducing stress • Preparing for the future • Getting advice • Making new connections
If you’re interested in finding a support group, ask your doctor for assistance – they frequently can recommend groups that they know of. Newspapers and community centers are also a great resource to check. You can also Google support groups in your area – they are available as emails, chat rooms, blogs, and over social media sites.
Ask Questions and Find Support
When you have found a group that you are interested in make sure to ask about the procedures of the group to be certain that it’s a good fit for you. What is it geared towards? Where do they meet and how often? Does it meet your needs? Sit in on a couple sessions and see if you feel comfortable.
You may be nervous at first – and that’s okay! Sometimes it’s better to just sit and listen your first few times attending a meeting. Sharing can help you get the most out of your support group experience, but only do so when you are ready. Keep in mind that support groups aren’t a substitute for medical treatment, so be sure to keep your doctor in the loop about what group you’re going to.
Be sure to get the help you need if you're struggling with stress or coping with a difficult situation. A support group can help give you the help you need from a community of people who can understand your struggles. Our team at Clovis Open MRI is always here offer our support!