Peer Support Groups

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by pickwithaustin, May 23, 2013.


Is Peer Support Groups a part of your Wellness Plan?

  1. Yes - I currently attend

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  2. No - I have attended in the past though

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  3. No - I do not now or have never

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  1. pickwithaustin

    pickwithaustin Staff Alumni

    I find that many people benefit from peer support groups. In fact, in essence, this forum is a form of peer support group.

    What about offline? How many of you have joined peer support groups and attended meetings regularly? I co-facilitate a NAMI group where I live and over the past several years (we meet twice a month) have seen many people benefit from the networking and support that comes from them.

    I was curious to see how many here include support groups in their wellness plan.
  2. Witty_Sarcasm

    Witty_Sarcasm Eccentric writer, general weirdo, heedless heathen

    Not at the current moment, but it's definitely something I would consider looking into.
  3. AnaNg

    AnaNg Antiquities Friend

    I used to a long time back just after I got out of an intensive partial hospitalisation programme. It was part of the wellness plan I had going at the time. In fact, the intensive was a lot like a peer support group but it was only three weeks long and included educational information on mental illness and health, etc. so it wasn't strictly a place to come and let loose with your feelings. Wouldn't mind a peer support group where I could do that once a week or even once every other week.
  4. pickwithaustin

    pickwithaustin Staff Alumni

    I am surprised that one of the most effective and easiest to apply methods for seeking wellness is not employed more by individuals suffering various mental illness and depression. I encourage all who seek to improve to at least try finding a group local to them. NAMI is a great place (in the U.S.) to start if looking for one near you. Cheers.
  5. MikeB

    MikeB Member

    I had never heard of NAMI before I read your post (just googled them now). I'd be interested in hearing more about what it's like to participate in a NAMI support group -- or in similar groups. I've thought of looking for some sort of support group, but don't really know where to look or what to expect from one.
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