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Are Patient Support Groups Effective?

Do Patient Support Groups Help?

Are support groups an effective way to improve your overall health and well-being? Yes! Below, we will explore the benefits of joining a patient support group, including having access to people who are going through a similar situation, connecting with others, feeling less alone, and gaining tools that can help you cope with your health issues.

What are Support Groups?

Patient support groups are usually small, informal group meetings that provide a safe environment for people who share similar challenges. They are often themed around specific relatable topics, and help with setting/achieving individual health goals. During support group meetings the members often share their personal experiences and offer one another compassion.

Benefits of Participating in a Support Group

Joining a support group is a great way to learn new ways of coping with your own health issues, and alleviate feelings of isolation and stigma that often come along with being chronically ill or in pain. Being part of a supportive community can help group members get the emotional and social support they need to stay positive and hopeful. Which is something that many people are lacking when connecting with the healthy people in their own lives. According to Mayo Clinic, it provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies that can be used to cope with health issues on a daily basis. Additionally, groups helps members discover they are not alone in dealing with these issues.

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Join A Patient Support Group On Zoom

Zoom Support Group For Patients

Join others who are facing similar issues and connect at one our weekly Zoom Patient Support Groups. Gain emotional support, interconnectedness and coping skills.

Patient Support Groups Online

Looking for a supportive and compassionate group to join and discuss your medical condition and/or disability with? Consider joining one of Loving Kindness Yoga's Zoom Patient Support Groups for Illness, Pain & Disability, where you can find commonalities with individuals facing similar health issues and/or physical limitations. Although we may have many different diagnoses, disabilities and life circumstances we have many similar life experiences as those that suffer with pain, illness, and disability. Together, we will learn how to take back some control over our situation, reach out for help when needed, and foster resilience.

Why Join a Zoom Patient Support Group?

When you join one of our Zoom Patient Support Groups for Illness, Pain & Disability, you can expect to join a diverse group of individuals living all over the world! And you will also experience immense emotional support, online camaraderie, and a valuable exchange of knowledge. Through meaningful conversations and activities, you'll gain insights into yourself and receive encouragement from others who empathize with your situation. We welcome you to connect with people who are a source of true emotional support, and access resources that can make every day life easier to manage.

Why Connect With Others in a Support Group?

Being part of a Zoom Patient Support group can help you alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation that many of us feel, as well as provide social support to help you cope with the constant strain of health issues and/or disability. Our patient support group also serves as a place for you to explore new perspectives, and potentially view your situation in a more positive light. Find connection with other people who are facing similar struggles, by venting, listening and refocusing on helpful, positive topics as well as coping techniques. Ideally, giving you more hope, courage, connection and self-compassion. These qualities will help sustain your mental well-being even in the midst of great suffering. An online zoom patient support group allows you to express yourself freely in a safe space, without the fear of judgement or criticism while receiving valuable feedback from friends who have faced similar circumstances.

The Benefits of Joining a Patient Support Group

Belonging to a Patient Support Group has Advantages

Feeling alone and unable to find the support that you need? Have you considered joining a Patient support group? Patient support groups offer companionship, understanding, and a sense of community for those living with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities. Engage with others who understand what it is like to live with a medical condition/disability and share stories, learn coping strategies, and come away feeling more connected and empowered. Many of support groups today have accessibility online, for those that are unable to physically attend classes or for those in more remote areas without any in-person group gatherings. Online patient support groups are uniquely capable of connecting individuals from all over the world on one platform!

Why Should You Join a Patient Support Group?

Patient support groups are safe places to express your thoughts and emotions, allowing you to be part of a community of individuals facing similar situations. Through mutual understanding, encouragement, and empathy, members create strong bonds that can help ease the heavy burden of illness/pain/disability. Knowing that you truly are never alone in facing the challenges presented by your current circumstances, can provide a reassuring sense of comfort and hope.

Share Your Experiences and Find Emotional Support:

One of the most meaningful components of online patient support groups is the chance to connect with other people who had have similar life experiences. When you join a group, you’re connecting with people who understand what it’s like to live with very similar challenges. Sharing your experiences and emotions in a safe environment can help provide a healthy outlet, on days when symptoms are difficult to manage or your life feels overwhelming. In many cases, emotional support from others who understand can be quite literally invaluable.

Learn Through Group Discussions and Sessions:

Most patient support groups include time for discussion and/or questions about health issues, potential treatments and ways to manage. Often, the online patient groups include large groups of people gathering from all over the world, exposing you to many new ideas and concepts. You might learn questions to ask your healthcare provider or receive valuable information from peers who have faced similar experiences. Additionally, you will likely be exposed to new resources (e.g. books, research, teachers, courses etc.) and alternative therapies (e.g. meditation, acupuncture, yoga, medical massage, Reiki etc.) that may be beneficial for your own symptom management or needs. Conversing with others who deal with the same or similar struggles can increase your overall knowledge base, giving you more tools and strategies for staying resilient despite the incredible hardships that you face.

Find Helpful Resources and Practical Advice.

In addition to providing emotional support, many patient support groups provide access to helpful resources and practical advice for managing common challenges that many of us experience occasionally. Group members openly share their personal experiences in coping with side effects; information they have recently read/researched, financial aid tips and more. Furthermore, being part of an online patient support group, can introduce you to a larger group of individuals with varying backgrounds and education allowing for unique recommendations from fellow group members for patient support services.

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