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Using a Self-help Group

A self-help group is a gathering of individuals with a shared concern or problem who provide mutual support, encouragement, and guidance to one another.

The following are common myths typically hold people back from joining a group.

Myth: Only people with mental health issues join self-help groups.
Fact: Self-help groups include everyone looking for support.

Myth: You will be judged.
Fact: Self-help members foster acceptance and support, not judgment.

Myth: Individual counseling is better.
Fact: Individual counseling and self-help groups have different purposes; a self-help group may facilitate change in ways not possible via individual counseling.


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