Self-help groups bring people together who share common life experiences for support, education and mutual aid. Benefits of participating in a self-help group include:
- Learning new information and strategies for confronting problems.
- Finding support from others.
- The opportunity to help others.
- Feeling empowered and more self-confident in coping with challenges.
National MS Society self-help groups focus on support, advocacy, education, wellness or may be more social in nature. Some groups also serve specific populations, such as young adults, parents with MS, carepartners or African-Americans. Other groups may have a specific focus, such as physical activity, wellness or healthy living.
People come together at self-help groups to lift each other up through personal struggles and encourage each other to try new things and live each day to its full potential.
Find a group in your area here, or to talk to someone about establishing a group, contact an MS Navigator at 1-800-344-4867 or online.