Starting or Leading a Support Group

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • If you can't find a chronic pain or fibromyalgia support group in your area, you may want to think about starting one yourself.  You might be surprised by the response you get.  Several years ago I started a local fibromyalgia support group.  I live in a small town, so I didn't expect many people to come.  I reserved a small meeting room at the local hospital.  Much to my surprise, 50 people showed up for that first meeting!  They lined the walls and stood two and three deep because they were so happy to find others who understood what they were going through. 

    A few of you have requested information on how to go about starting your own support groups, so I have put together a set of three articles to help you get started.  If you have any questions or any additional thoughts or ideas, please click “Comment” below and let me know.

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    Here are links to the three articles:

    Starting a Support Group

    10 Tips for Support Group Leaders

    Program Ideas for Support Group Meetings 


Published On: December 23, 2009