supportResearch has proven that, through connecting with others who have experienced the same traumas as ourselves, individuals can truly do something amazing and open the door to healing — whether that be connecting with others who have struggled with depression, anxiety, self-harm or been through a loss.

Opening up can be difficult but it is the first step to recovery. When people hear others’ stories, they begin to realize that they are not alone in their journey.

For me, joining a support group has changed my life. Many people had told me to join one but I was very reluctant to, because I thought it would be a stereotypical group like the ones shown on TV. Also at the time I was in seventh grade, and struggled with talking to others about how I was feeling. It scared me. Why would I want to sit in a room full of strangers and tell them about the worst time in my life?

Two years after my mom passed, I realized that I needed extra support. After sharing my story with many counselors and teachers, I knew that I was ready to try a support group. I am so glad I did. To be completely honest, the first meeting was scary, but the time flew. It was over before I knew it and by the end I found myself wanting to stay longer.

I have been attending a support group for five months now, and in that short amount of time I can see a huge change in the way I handle my grief and also deal with other things. I am not one to openly discuss my feelings but when you are with others who are feeling the same things you are, there is a connection that provides a level of support that nothing else can.

Often times you feel a certain way and cannot put those feelings into words. But those who are going through the same struggles you are, may help you find those words. When you realize that they are feeling the same way you are, you feel like you are not alone! Groups allow you to open up and participate in life. Through them you will find that amazing experiences can happen. I encourage anyone who is struggling to reach out and try going to a support group. If you don’t feel comfortable, bring a friend or family member! All you can do is give it a try.

How to Find a Support Group:
·         Suicide Bereavement Groups: http://afsp.org/find-support/
·         Ask a counselor or trusted adult
·         Visit http://www.adaa.org/supportgroups
·         Online: try 7 Cups of Tea


Comments

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  • Kaitlynn

    I want to kill me I’m 11 I’m done with life

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    • You Matter

      Kaitlynn please call us now at the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. The number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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    • Kathy Hebert

      I’ve done the suicide thing more than once. Almost successful. Sorry I woke up. Now glad I did. Making decisions in a bad frame of mind is the worst thing you can do. Things eventually will get better but you can’t give up just because the going gets tough. Seek professional help. Reach out to anyone who will hold still and listen and keep doing so until someone helps you help yourself. Keep trying until something works. My montra in my darkest hours is…someday, somehow, somewhere there has got to be something better!!! Good luck in your journey to a better life.

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  • Priya

    Priya Priya

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    I need help ! I just wanna talk to someone !

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    • You Matter

      Priya, If you are feeling lonely go ahead and call us – the Lifeline Crisis Counselors are here for you any time day or night, every day of the year at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your life matters!

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      • Danielle Greenwood

        Yes how do you get back to be smiling again

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        • You Matter

          We’re glad you connected with this post! You matter. If you feel like you don’t, please call us at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline crisis counselors are here for you, any time, day or night.

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  • Naomi

    Naomi Naomi

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    How am I suppose to ask for help when my social anxiety is crippling me…

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    • You Matter

      We know that reaching out can be scary- please take the first step in getting help by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is here for you 24/7/365.

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