Building a self-help group

Self-help groups usually are formed where there is an identified need by people who are looking for support for their own, or their families, conditions, mental health or recovery. Often they are formed when there is no suitable group available for a variety of reasons. This might be due to location, availability or lack of suitably focused groups in their location. For whatever reason, self-help groups are an important part in the well-being of members, building a connection with people who understand and reduces isolation which can accompany chronic illness.