Support groups offer registrants and family members the opportunity to appropriately release powerful emotions. It is an opportunity to share feelings, fears, and concerns. Being in a safe and welcoming environment filled with compassion, reassurance, and understanding, can help reduce any stigma you may feel. It helps to know you're not alone and that you can talk to others who have been through similar experiences. Hearing their stories can be validating and can help you see that your reactions, struggles, and feelings are not isolated. Support group members offer acceptance, and they can appreciate you for who you are.
Group members can offer information and ideas on registration difficulties, housing and employment issues. Group members often say this exchange of information is one of the most valuable elements of participating.
Support groups can improve your mood and decrease anxiety and stress. Sharing experiences and making connections can make you feel better about life in general. Seeing others making progress in coping with their issues will give you hope and optimism about your own future. Facing challenges together as a group can make it easier to achieve personal growth through your struggles. Everyone is at different places on the road.
A support group is also a place to contribute, so that you might reach out to help others, and in so doing, you might lift yourself up as well. Contributing is a good way to increase your sense of meaning and purpose in life, and to make use of all that you have learned on your journey through a difficult experience.