Forming a Caregiver Support Group
Support groups are powerful, especially when self-run with a structure that commits to empathy, fair communication, problem solving, acceptance of one’s vulnerabilities, and most important—confidentiality. This means that what is said in the group stays in the group. These are group traditions. Are you a family caregiver who could benefit from such a support group but can’t find one? Why not start one? Associations, Wikihow.com, and even YouTube can guide you with tips. Start by visiting your EAP or a mental health provider knowledgeable about self-help group formation, structure, and maintenance. You’ll get clarity on your goal, learn what works, and get tips to ensure your group thrives.
Keith Stein |