Support groups are made up of people with common interests and experiences. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you — they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling like you are alone. However, many people are unaware of the additional benefits of joining a support group — support groups can be a great place to find practical tips and resources. At many support groups you can find:
- Information about medical treatments, research and strategies (through brochures, booklets, websites, telephone help lines, and person-to-person sharing in the group meetings).
- Peer support / Sense of Community.
- Education / Personal enrichment