Deciding what group is best, depends on the type of situation an individual is facing. If you are experiencing medical issues, then a group run by a medical professional may be effective. However, a peer-run group may also prove beneficial for additional information that is often shared by others who are further along in treatment.
If you are dealing with a mental or behavioral health issue and under a doctor’s care or still able to function effectively, then a peer-run group may be the answer. Although medications are a valuable tool for maintaining stability, there are other recovery tools that should be learned and implemented to help ensure a meaningful and fulfilling life.
Think about the type of support you need. In some cases, individuals may need answers to questions about their issues, other’s may need connections to services, or simply vent and receive feedback concerning a healthy perspective regarding diagnosis and/or problem.
Encouragement is a key factor in overcoming difficulties and is commonly found in a group environment. It is a reminder that there are options and possibilities beyond the blunt reality effecting us at that moment. Reminding someone that they have the strength and ability to overcome obstacles can lift a person’s spirits enough to help them overcome a problematic situation and eventually move on to a happy life. Simply encouraging someone to continue with their recovery process is the essence of healing.
Support groups have been found to be as effective in dealing with mental and behavioral health conditions as individual therapy. They are also cost-effective for those with financial hardship. Many groups are free or offer a sliding scale payment method. If you are unable to travel to a group, keep in mind that groups are held on social media such as Facebook and online networks.
It is important to reach out. There is no weakness or shame in asking for help. Some of the most successful people around us have faced and overcome great challenges by reaching out for help.
View this article at thisisinsider.com to learn about celebrities that have shared their mental health issues publicly and their suggestions for dealing with a diagnosis or traumatic incident.
9Muses support groups are free. You do not need a diagnosis to attend. All are welcome. View our Calendar for times.
Mental health support groups are a valuable tool for anyone dealing with an emotional crisis or behavioral health condition. Family and friends also benefit by learning about challenges faced by individuals with a particular diagnosis. They develop awareness of symptoms and behaviors exhibited by their loved one. Many caregivers need support themselves to continue caring for someone else. Support groups are an opportunity for anyone to center themselves and receive positive feedback and suggestions from those who have successfully met the same challenges.
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