Support groups bring together people facing similar issues, such as illness, relationship problems or major life changes. Additionally, support groups can be interest-based in nature, such as meditation groups. Members of support groups often share experiences and advice. It can be helpful talking and sharing with people who may have experienced similar situations.
While not everyone wants or needs support beyond that offered by family and friends, some people may find it helpful to turn to others outside their immediate circle. A support group can help people cope better and feel less isolated as they make connections with others facing similar challenges. A support group shouldn't replace one's standard medical care, but it can be a valuable resource to help some individual's cope.