If you are facing a major illness or stressful life change, you don't have to go it alone. In a support group, you'll find people with a similar concern, such as cancer, stroke, long-term caregiving or loss of a spouse. Members of the group usually share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. They may also offer practical advice and tips to help you cope with your situation.

Other benefits of participating in support groups may include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
  • Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment
  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
  • Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
  • Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
  • Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options

TMC hosts several support groups including for breastfeeding, pregnancy & postpartum depressionweight-loss surgery, bereavementveterans bereavement , Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and stroke.