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Mental Health Support Groups

Mental Health Support Groups (MHSG) are among the best and most widely proven methods for empowering and connecting consumers, caregiver, family and friends. In these groups, participants can open up, realise they are not alone, address past unresolved issues, set new goals,learn new skills and take charge of their lives. For many people, the support group is the best environment to accomplish these changes.

The support groups allow members to exchange new methods, skills and strategies to cope with current challenges. Interaction within a structured group is particularly useful for group members to learn self-care. They can become more communicative and learn how to assert themselves by knowing their rights. Most of all, a support group can help someone with a mental health issue to learn which behaviours are acceptable and which are not.

Support groups can help you in many ways:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings to help cope with the situation better
  • Providing new coping strategies when listening to others experiences and sharing solutions
  • Offering a safe place to speak up about frustrations of living with a mental illness and ways of overcoming it.
  • Strengthening your motivation to stick with a treatment plan to manage your condition.
  • Reducing stress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment, control and hope.
  • Improving the understanding of a disease and your experience with it
  • Getting practical feedback about treatment options
  • Learning about health, economic and social resources.

Support group sessions are currently online

Your health and safety is important to us. Considering the current situation, all support group sessions will run online until further notice.

Support groups being online means you can stay anonymous if you want to, which can be important if you feel overwhelmed being in the group initially. It does not matter where you live, you do not have to leave your home to join in if that is comfortable for you. All you need is a computer or phone with internet access.

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