Self-Help Groups

Self-help groups (also known as support groups or mutual help) are groups of individuals who provide support, help, and consolation to one another. Self-help group members typically have a condition in common with one another- examples are addiction (Alcoholics Anonymous/AA, Narcotics Anonymous/NA), grief from loss of a loved one, disease, or mental health conditions. Experienced or long-term group members typically help newer members transition and offer guidance by being a mentor or sponsor. Meetings and other social gatherings are common instances for self-help groups.