Support Group Sessions: A Much Needed Community Initiative
Support group sessions/Meetings a much-needed initiative which may be offered by a non-profit advocacy organization, Rehabilitation centres, hospitals or community organizations. These sessions also may be independent of any organization and run entirely by group members.
Participants of these sessions are those who are going through or have gone through similar stressful experiences. For example, common ground might be Brain stroke, Head Injury, Spinal Cord, Cancer etc.
A support group provides an opportunity for people to share personal experiences coping strategies, or first-hand information about diseases or treatments, among people with shared experiences may function as a bridge between medical and emotional needs.
One can learn more effective ways to cope and handle difficult situations, gain a better understanding about own self, the participant can also gain increased insight about the factors that have contributed to current challenges and the strategies that seem to work best to help move toward goals.
Just as one can benefit from the group experience, participants can also help other group members.
Formats of support groups vary, including face-to-face meetings, or online teleparticipation. Specialist guest doctor, Physiotherapist, Psychologist, Nurse or Social Worker to talk about a topic related to the group's needs.
Benefits of participating in a support group may include:
· Emotional healing comes when people interact with other people.
· Sharing of similar experiences helps individuals feel less alone and more ready to deal with day-to-day issues.
· Encouragement comes from learning about how others have conquered situations similar to theirs.
· Contribution helps support group members feel meaningful.
· Education results from the exposure to information and personal experiences in a group.
· Socialization occurs when connections with people are made and confidence in social skills develops when appropriate interaction occurs in support groups.
· Self-expression, as emotions are experienced and released, creates a greater understanding of oneself.
· Confidence building results as members take responsibility for the work of the group and see progress with the plans they made.
· Safety, in the environment of a confidential, supportive, non-judgmental group, allows for honest disclosure and sharing of common difficulties.
· A sense of growth occurs as long-term members see new participants and reminisce about where they began and how far they have come in their personal journey.
Presently as a community initiative Ucchvas Transitional Care is hosting Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury and Head Injury support group sessions every Saturday between 3 pm to 5 pm.
Finding Support Groups: You are Not Alone
For registration contact:
Ucchvas Transitional Care
Road #12, MLA Colony, Banjara Hills