Support groups and organisationsLast updated: 27 September 2012 16:47 UK
Talking to others in a similar situation can be helpful in many ways, and there are many different types of support group that can help.
- Formal groups may support members to achieve their personal targets or goals, such as recovery.
- Coffee mornings are usually more informal, and provide information and advice.
- Social groups often bring together people who share something in common, but with a focus on expanding your social circle and taking part in activities with people who understand.
- If you find social situations difficult, an online support forum enables you to read about other people's experiences, and take your time to join in when you feel ready.
- Telephone support lines can be particularly useful if you find it difficult to get out, and many are open 24-hours.
If you're looking for a support group for a specific health condition or disability, you may wish to search the Health and Wellbeing pages of Social Care info Portsmouth, where local and national support groups and charities are able to list their details on the website for free.
Along with many other services for carers, the Carers Centre lists support groups for people who look after someone, including specific groups for carers of people with certain conditions or disabilities.