Today there are support groups for nearly every type of life problem. Support groups are growing in popularity and scope. You can locate existing groups through the following ways:
- Your family doctor or therapist.
- The Internet. Type in “Support Groups” and describe your trauma, such as sexual, combat, vehicle accident, death of child, social anxiety, ptsd, bipolar disorder, etc. Add name of your town or state to narrow your choices.
- Your local hospital. Talk to the community relations or social services department.
- Your local newspaper.
These are just a few ways to get started. I met a Vietnam combat veteran who years ago, found himself needing other veterans to talk to. He put a small add in his local newspaper, stating his need to connect with Nam veterans. He received over 400 responses! Talk about filling a need. These veterans began meeting regularly, and found help, healing, and support with each other.
Eventually, they rented an old service station and called it their “Bunker.” It became a sacred place where they could share their war experiences and ensuing problems, in a safe, secure, and private space.
If you can’t find a support group for your particular problem, you can start one of your own. There is “strength in numbers.” Reach out and you may very well find the help you need.