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Support Groups 101

Should I Consider A Support Group That Meets In Person, On The Telephone Or Online?

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Which type of meeting is better for you depends on your personality, needs, and what's available in your area. It is worth trying different types until you find the type of group that is best for you. (Note: If you prefer, you can join more than one type of group at the same time).

An in person meeting may work for:

  • People who enjoy group settings.
  • People who have little or no difficulty speaking in front of other people.
  • People who want the comaradie of being in the presence of other people.

A meeting on the telephone may be best for:

  • People who have difficulty moving around, are homebound or in an institution such as a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility.
  • People who travel.
  • People in suburban or rural areas.
  • People who are self conscious around other people.
  • People who are not comfortable being seen in public.
  • A person who wants anonymity.

An online meeting may be best if:

  • You have difficulty speaking up in a group.
  • Groups make you nervous.
  • You want to access support more often than a group meets or at your own schedule.
  • Seeing other people who may look sick is difficult for you.

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