How do I find support groups in my area?

How do I find support groups in my area?

Your primary care physician or mental health professional is often the best place to start when looking for a local support group. You can also search for a local meeting via the websites of the various support groups.

Is group therapy good for depression?

Previous research has shown that cognitive- behavioral group therapy (group CBT) is an effective treatment for depression.

What are the negatives of support groups?

Disadvantages Of Group Therapy Sharing secrets with strangers is difficult for everyone. -There is a greater possibility of personality clashes within a larger group than with a one on one interaction between the therapist and patient. -Therapy group activities may be uncomfortable for certain members.

What are 3 ways to treat symptoms of mental disorders?

Mental Health Treatments

  • Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of mental illness provided by a trained mental health professional.
  • Medication. Medication does not outright cure mental illness.
  • Hospitalization.
  • Support Group.
  • Complementary & Alternative Medicine.
  • Self Help Plan.
  • Peer Support.

What disorders does group therapy treat?

Group therapy is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression2.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Panic disorder.
  • Phobias.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)3.
  • Substance use disorder4.

What are the types of group Counselling?

Different types of group therapy

  • Psychoeducational groups. Psychoeducational group therapy focuses on educating members about their conditions and providing them with new coping strategies.
  • Skills development groups.
  • Cognitive behavioral groups.
  • Support groups.
  • Interpersonal process groups.

What happens in a mental health support group?

A support group is a safe place where you can talk about your emotions and circumstances with others who know how you feel and won’t judge or criticize you. It can also help you to: Learn better coping strategies. As you go through challenging circumstances, you may need to learn new ways to cope.

What are common support groups?

Specialized support group resources include:

  • Recovery International.
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics.
  • Al-Anon/Alateen.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Alzheimer’s Association.
  • American Association of Retired Persons Grief and Loss Information.

Do support groups really help?

Participating in a group provides you with an opportunity to be with people who are likely to have a common purpose and likely to understand one another. Benefits of participating in a support group may include: Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged. Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue.

How do I find a support group?

To find a support group, you can:

  1. ask your doctor or specialist.
  2. check with staff at your local hospital or community health centre.
  3. ask someone you know who has experience with the same condition or healthcare need.
  4. look online or in the phone book.
  5. search the Services & support gateway on this website.

Should I join a support group?

How do I start a support group?

Tips on Keeping a Support Group Going

  1. Keep track of your group’s progress.
  2. Share responsibility for the group.
  3. Be sure everyone has a chance to talk.
  4. Emphasize the importance of confidentiality.
  5. Encourage outside contact among members.
  6. Keep recruiting.
  7. Share rewards and failures.
  8. Keep a realistic perspective.

What is the difference between group therapy and support groups?

While both support groups and group therapy offer support, the goal of group therapy is to help members change, while the goal of support groups is to help members cope. Support groups tend to have a particular theme, such as parents with sick children, and all who attend have some connection to that theme.

What is the ideal group size for group therapy?

An optimal therapy group size is about six to fifteen participants, with one or two therapists. The smaller and more intimate the group, the easier it is to notice when someone is missing. If the group is larger, it is much easier for an absence to go unnoticed.

Are online support groups safe?

As detailed by Mental Health America, support groups are safe spaces, designed to help individuals discuss any number of issues pertaining to an illness or life struggle that they may be experiencing, with individuals who are experiencing the same or similar issues.

How do I get emotional support?


  1. Turn to your friends. Friends want to help out and are flattered when you ask.
  2. Try other family members. Families are composed of lots of different folks.
  3. Be proactive.
  4. Be open-minded.
  5. Join a support group.
  6. Seek professional help.

Where can I get help with mental health in Bristol?

An NHS, free, confidential, 24/7 helpline provided by Vita Health Group, in partnership with AWP. The line is staffed by experienced counsellors, who you can talk to and they will listen. They will offer emotional support and can connect you to organisations available in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).

What support is there for people with bipolar in Bristol?

Bipolar UK is dedicated to supporting individuals with bipolar, their families and carers. Services include support groups ( Bristol Support Group meets monthly), a peer support line, employment support, and information services.

Where can I find peer support in Bristol?

That’s why Changes Bristol provide peer support groups in Bristol and online for anyone aged 18 or over, offering a safe and friendly space for people to share any worries they might have. Our groups are free to access, confidential, with no referral needed and no diagnosis required.

What support is available for people with mental health issues?

The Bristol Siblings Group is open to anyone aged 18 or over with a brother or sister with mental health issues. Rethink Bristol Carers Service is a local service that offers one-to-one and group support to people caring for a family member or friend who is living with/experiencing mental distress. A carers’ peer support group is also available.