Tips on Finding a Support Group
Hanging around like kinds of people gives us a sense of comradery. We enjoy being around people like ourselves because they are the ones who offer no judgment. It’s called support and can present itself in many forms. Regardless of the kind of support, we as humans thrive when we are supported and our needs are satisfied. Then we experience better mental health, understanding of our illness and overall we live a better quality life. Here are some tips for finding a support group.
Decide what you want to get out of a group
Do you want to take an active stance or do you just want to look around and listen? Read the rules. Do the goals of this group meet your expectations? Next, figure out what you want to learn, what do you want support for? The internet has everything from mindfulness and gardening to ingrown toenails and brain surgery and everything in between. Figure out different ways to ask the same question and use different words such as oxygen and respiratory.
Caregivers are a good first place to begin. Most of the information you need will be found on the internet. Ask a caregiver to set some time aside to show you around the internet and ask for opinions on getting the best local information. Once you have local info, you can begin to span outward because, with the internet, the world is your oyster.
Nurses, doctors, and social workers have an abundance of information for the asking. Stay in contact and leave a number so they can call or text as information becomes available. Ask for information on any local support groups that are run through the hospital or within the city. Hospitals often have a support group as a step down from hospital discharge or Respiratory Rehab.
Finding support through social media
Facebook is the main place for closed support groups. A closed group will only share comments or posts to those within the group so you can feel free to use it as a safe place to ask any question or give any comments. Your questions stay private.
There is a good amount of peer groups on Facebook that cover an array of information. Most groups are peer groups and that means normal people like you and I get help from normal people like you and I. There is no access to medical professionals.
If you don’t have a Facebook account, it is easy enough to open on and type into the search bar looking for COPD, Respiratory, Exercise, Mindfulness, the list goes on and on.
Other social media options for support
You will also find support groups on Instagram, Twitter, and even YouTube as well as more blogs than you could possibly imagine by searching Google. Only join free groups and be wary of anyone who asks for any money.
In person support groups
Call your local Lung Association, COPD Association, Hospital, or Gym for guidance and support on local groups that run in your area.
Use caution and common sense when giving any personal information online or in person and expend this caution when believing the information from the internet. Your doctor should always have the last word on treatments. Most support groups are free of charge.
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