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Support Groups 101

How Do I Locate A Support Group?

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If you would like to try a support group, first determine whether you want a group that meets in person, on the telephone or on the internet.

To locate a group that meets in person or on the telephone, consider contacting one or more of the following:

  • Your health care provider or nurse.
  • A social worker or patient navigator. If you do not have a social worker or patient navigator, you can call a hospital near you and ask to speak with one.
  • A hospital or institution which treats people with your condition. 
  • A local nonprofit, disease specific organization.
  • American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse has an online database of support groups that you can search through at: offsite link.
  • Mental Health America offsite link has a list to help find support groups.

To try a support group on the internet, there are websites that will point you in the right direction.

  • Web sites of the national disease specific nonprofit organizations are likely to have information about support groups.
  • A list of many support groups is available from the government website, offsite link.
  • offsite link helps locate online groups for your condition and whatever other criteria are important to you.
  • If you have a type of cancer, see: 

NOTE: Before joining an online support group, see Internet (Online) Support Groups.

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