Pain Management

10 Tips for Starting a Support Group


Keep meetings positive and encouraging

Be a better listener than talker

Remember that you set the tone for the meeting

Develop your own personal support system

Connect with other support group leaders

Set limits and stick to them

Encourage members to use the buddy system

Be on the lookout for other potential leaders

Ask for help when you need it

Be prepared to handle suicide threats

Karen Lee Richards

Karen Lee Richards

Karen is the co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. She writes for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Pain Management.