From Idaho’s Treasure and Magic Valleys down to Utah’s Dixie region, and everywhere in-between, self-help groups are an important part of the National MS Society’s mission to “address the challenges of everyone affected by MS”. Groups are typically comprised of people living with MS, and can include care partners or other family members as well as newcomers. Group leaders are trained by the Society to guide productive discussions and inform members about helpful programs and services the Society offers.
Meetings are typically once a month and provide an opportunity for participants to share with each other what it means to live with MS including setbacks and successes. In addition, some leaders invite healthcare professionals or other community leaders to speak about issues related to MS and local services. Many attendees also form a bond of camaraderie and gather together for other events like Walk MS.
There are a multitude of benefits from participating including—but certainly not limited to—learning new information, connecting with others who face similar challenges, feeling less isolated, feeling more empowered to live well, improving coping skills, and finding reassurance and support from others who have similar experiences.
Take advantage of the opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with others in a self-help group near you! If you are interested in joining a self-help group or would like to start one, please contact us at 800-344-4867 (option 1).