- Patient Education
Why should I join a support group? “I don’t like hearing other’s sob stories”, “I’m shy”, “I don’t like speaking in groups”, “I don’t have time”. Can you relate? I am sure every person who belongs to a support group had one or more of these thoughts before they took the plunge. The main purpose of a support group is for members to feel heard, understood and cared for. Members’ feedback validates emotional reactions — even through laughter when frustrations or anecdotes strike a chord (laughter is a great tension reliever). Sharing useful information and advocating for one another helps caregivers to know they are not alone.
The IMSMP Social Work Department continues to offer support groups for our patients, as well as for their spouses/partners, which help to bring people together who share common life experiences. To quote a long-time group member: “To be given an opportunity to voice everyday concerns, good and bad, is so relieving. We have fun in the group, get a sense of community and an arena to articulate how our lives are affected.”
The following groups continue to meet at the IMSMP, and are often open to new members:
It is a great opportunity to meet new people, share common experiences, learn from one another, support one another, share other interests and socialize. If you are interested, please call (212) 265-8070 and ask for the Social Work Department.