Support groups bring together people facing similar issues, whether that's illness, injury or other major life changes. Members of support groups often share experiences and advice. It offers a forum to meet and network with others sharing the same challenges.
A Burke-sponsored support group can help you to better cope and feel less isolated as you make connections with others facing similar challenges. A support group can be a valuable resource to help you cope with new medical conditions or major life changes.
What Are Support Groups?
A support group is a group of people who share a common health concern or interest. A support group usually focuses on a specific situation or condition. At Burke, our support groups bring together former patients and community members that share a certain issue. Some of Burke's support groups have been formed by community members with the same condition or by someone interested in it, such as a family member. In some cases, support groups are organized by nonprofit organizations. Others are provided by Burke staff who are considered experts in a particular area of healthcare.
Benefits of Support Groups
Members of a support group typically share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. They may also offer practical advice and tips to help you cope with your situation.
Benefits of Participating in Support Groups:
- Feeling less lonely or isolated
- Social interaction in a safe environment
- Sense of empowerment
- Improved coping skills
- Venue to speak openly and honestly about your feelings
- Reduction in stress, depression or anxiety
- Better understanding of what to expect with your situation
- Information about new medical research
- Opportunity to gain information about treatment options
Please see a list of Burke sponsored support groups on the left hand side of this page, and visit Burke's Community Calendar for dates and times.