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Support Groups Defined 

A support group is a meeting of members who provide help and companionship to one another. Support groups are comprised of others who have been through the issue at hand. With others who have experienced similar situations, people generally feel less isolated when sharing their experiences. In addition, Support groups are called group therapy.

Types of Support Groups

Member-Only/Self-Help/Peer Support Groups

  • These support groups are organized and managed by members only
  • There are no professionals who facilitate the group aside from the members
  • This can help people feel comfortable because everyone there has some experience with the issue at hand
  • It can decrease embarrassment
Professionally Facilitated Support Groups
  • These support groups are organized and facilitated by professionals who do not share the members' problems
  • These professionals can be mental health practitioners, psychologists, social workers, religious officials, and more
  • These groups are common in hospitals or other institutions such as jails
  • A benefit of this type of group is that a third-party person manages the flow of the group, including helping set standards and rules
  • Examples of rules may be taking turns to talk and avoiding criticism or degradation of others' experiences
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Benefits of support groups

Regardless of format, in a support group, you will find people with problems similar to yours. Members of a support group usually share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. They may also offer practical advice and tips to help you cope with your situation.Benefits of participating in support groups may include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
  • Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment
  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
  • Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
  • Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
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The Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter - Ann Arbor MI, offer a variety of support groups for for spouses, adult child, other family members, or friends living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Participation in a support group can be an empowering experience, helping members feel better prepared to cope with their unique situation. 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900.   

Family Counseling and Shelter Services Support Center offers programs and classes provided by professional counseling, therapeutic visitation, play therapy, and domestic violence prevention and intervention, and support groups. Our Sunrise House provides a safe haven for domestic violence survivors and their children, and the services essential to recovery, and to empowerment and independence. If you, or a family member, are in need of any of these services, we encourage you to contact us for information or an appointment 734-241-0180.   

Gabby’s Ladder provides support for family and caregivers of those who are experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s. We meets the 3rd Monday of every month at Wellspring Lutheran Home Monroe from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. For more information, please call 734-242-8773.

An additional support group held 2x/month at Frenchtown Senior Center; adult daycare provided. For more information, please call 734-243-6210.                                                                  
  

Information Center Caregiver Support Program empowers people with the ability to make informed choices by providing assistance, advocacy, information and access to public resources, community services and activities to facilitate independence, self-reliance and dignity.  For more informaton, please call 734-287-7282   


Monroe Home Care Shoppe takes the extra steps to support those who use our products and supplies by hosting various support groups. All support groups are held monthly at 7:00 p.m. at Monroe Home Care Shoppe.
  • Women's Cancer Support Group on the 2nd Tuesday
  • Men dealing with illness or death of a spouse on the 2nd and 4th Monday
  • Diabetic Support Group on the 3rd Wednesday

For more information, Please call 734-241-7875

  

ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital offers a variety of individual and group support.

Monroe Cancer Connection ~ "Books from the Heart" is a book club just for cancer survivors. This support group meets from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. on the first Monday of each month in the conference room at the Monroe Cancer Center, located at 800 Stewart Road in Monroe. Books are available for purchase at special discount prices at the Book Nook. Come ready to discuss the book of the month. For information or to join the club, call Cancer Connection at 734-240-5400.  

Healing Arts* “Watercolor Wednesdays” 
This class meets every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the conference room at the Monroe Cancer Center, located at 800 Stewart Road in Monroe. Join Patrick Barley for this open painting session! Learn basic watercolor techniques, explore acrylics, support your artistic self and connect your creativity with being healthy and connecting with other cancer survivors. A $5 deposit will be refunded upon arrival to class. No art experience required. Class size is limited. To make a reservation, please call 734-240-5400.

Men Dealing With Spousal Cancer – Monroe 
The Home Care Shoppe, located at 474 N. Telegraph Rd in Monroe, offers this support at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month with facilitator: Randy Grodi, PhD. For more information, please call 734-241-7875.

Prostate Support Group - Brownstown 
The Josephine Ford Cancer Center, located at 19675 Allen Road in Brownstown Twp, offers prostate support at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. For more information, call 313-916-8491.

WE CAN:  Women Living with Advanced or Metastatic Cancer
WE CAN is a support group for women who are living with recurrent, advanced stage (III or IV) or metastatic cancer.  This support group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the conference room at the Monroe Cancer Center, located at 800 Stewart Road in Monroe.  Hosted by an experienced oncology nurse and trained volunteer, it is open to women with any cancer diagnosis, in an informal setting for discussions, information gathering and support.  Each woman is invited to share current feelings, struggles and successes, with other women in similar situations.  Please call 734-240-8866 for information or to make a reservation.  

Women’s Cancer Support Group – Monroe
The Home Care Shoppe, located at 474 N. Telegraph Rd in Monroe, offers this support at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month with facilitator: Laurie Berry. For more information, please call 734-241-7875.

Woman To Woman Cancer Support – Dundee
The Dundee Senior Center, located at 284 Monroe Street in Dundee, offers cancer support for women at 10 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. For more information, please call 734-529-2401.

Men Dealing With Spousal Cancer – Monroe 
The Home Care Shoppe, located at 474 N. Telegraph Rd in Monroe, offers this support at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month with facilitator: Randy Grodi, PhD. For more information, please call 734-241-7875.

Cardiopulmonary Services

Better Breathers Club 
As one of the most common lung diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) makes breathing difficult through shortness of breath (dyspnea) that gets worse with mild activity, trouble catching one’s breath, coughing, with or without mucus, fatigue and wheezing. Patients with COPD usually have many respiratory infections and suffer from either chronic bronchitis (a long-term cough with mucus) or emphysema, which gradually destroys the lungs.

ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital hosts the American Lung Association’s Better Breathers Club, a free support group for family members and patients suffering with COPD. Better Breathers Club is held every fourth Tuesday of the month in the Cardiopulmonary Rehab Education Room, located at 901 N. Macomb St., Suite 110 in Monroe. This is a community service that is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  To join, call 734-240-5301.

Hospice of Monroe

Ladies Only Grief Support
Monroe Hospice, located in the Delisle Center at 1070 N. Monroe St., Suite B, offers grief support that deals specifically with issues women face after the loss of a loved one. This class meets on the third Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. To enroll, please call 734-240-8944.

Mending Hearts Support Group
Monroe Hospice, located in the Delisle Center at 1070 N. Monroe St., Suite B, offers help to individuals suffering from grief after the loss of a loved one. This class meets on the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. To enroll, please call 734-240-8944

ProMedica Monroe Skilled Care and Rehab 
(formerly Mercy Memorial Nursing Center)

Nursing Center Support Group
Held at 11 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, this is a one-hour group discussion for family members of ProMedica Monroe Skilled Care and Rehab residents. Come and share your feelings about your experience, strength and hope. You are not alone. Find support with each other. Lead by experienced health care professional. For more information, call 734-240-1820.

Outpatient Behavioral Health Services

Substance Abuse Group Support
ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital Behavioral Health offers support of substance abuse every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants for this counseling session are required to meet for an individualized session before entering the group. To schedule an initial appointment, please call 734-240-1760.

Outside Agencies

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group
Classes are held the first Saturday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. in the Hiltz Room of Mercy Memorial Hospital, located at 718 N. Macomb St. To enroll, please call E. Sobota at 734-243-8519.

Widows at the Well ~ "Widow's Support Group" 
Stewart Road Christian Ministry Center 
1199 Stewart Road
Monroe, MI 48162
For more information, please call 734-243-3135

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