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Support Groups

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. Also, 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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Purpose of a Support Group-
 Participating in a group provides you with an opportunity to be with people who are likely to have a common purpose and likely to understand one another. The benefits of participating in a support group may include: Feeling less lonely, isolated, or judged. Reducing distress, depression, anxiety, or fatigue.
By: Mayo Clinic Staff
Benefits of support groups- According to the Mayo Clinic, 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
  • Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options
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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 haven for domestic violence survivors and their children, and the services essential to recovery, and empowerment, and independence. If you, or a family member, require any of these services, we encourage you to contact us for information or an appointment at 734-241-0180.

Gabby’s Ladder provides support for family and caregivers of those who are experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s. We meet on 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 information, please call 734-287-7282.

Women’s Cancer Support Group– ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital The Women's Cancer Support Group is a gathering of women who have a cancer diagnosis. It is a safe harbor to come to give or receive support. The group provides education, encouragement, and sharing in an informal social environment. Guest speakers who are compassionate professionals specializing in cancer issues may occasionally be invited. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at The ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital's main campus, 4th Floor Conference Room from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Mending Hearts Support Group ~ Monroe Hospice, Monroe hosts this adult bereavement support group meeting on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in Monroe, Michigan.  

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This list is not all-inclusive of those resources available in our community.

The Monroe County Commission on Aging makes no specific endorsement of these listings, links, or services. 
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