Facebook Friday Online Chat
“The Power of a Support Group”
Friday, 30th February 1-2pm & 7-8pm
One of the most powerful tools available to Mental Health patients, after medication and psychotherapy, is to have a strong support structure. For those who feel as though their need for support extends beyond the reach of family and friends, or feel they don’t get understanding or help from them, support groups can provide the extra strength and encouragement needed along the way.
Most Support Group Leaders have started groups to help their communities get the support, information and advice they need and many of them started their own support groups because they understand the struggles and need as they too have experienced depression, or anxiety or another mental illness.
SADAG will be hosting a Facebook Friday chat this Friday, 30th February from 1-2pm, then again from 7-8pm with Support Group Leaders and Psychologists on how important support groups can be and what you can expect from the regular meetings. To log in to the chat, go to our website for the link www.sadag.org or go directly to our Facebook Page: “The South African Depression and Anxiety Group”
Benefit of Support Groups:
- Gives you a voice and helps you to take control: A support group provides a place of stability and security, a place in which you can feel respected, nurtured and cared for, and above all it provides a “listening place”.
- Is non-judgmental: There is a code of confidentiality within the group, and each member’s privacy and dignity is respected.
- Provides information and referrals: Allows the sharing of pain: Knowing that someone else truly understands by virtue of having “been there”, brings a sense of relief, you are no longer alone with your pain.
- Creates a culture of equality: A support group is the first place you can go where everyone understands and no one judges.
- Works against isolation: By being around those who have recovered, gives the sufferer hope – “I’ve been where you are, it will get better
SADAG knows it is important to have someone to turn to in times of trouble and distress, to have someone guide you through tough decisions and never judge you. That is the power of a Support Group. If you are looking for a group in your area, or would like to find out more information about the chat, please call a counsellor today on 0800 21 22 23 or SMS us on 31393.