How to Find a Local Community Support Group

Michael Adam Reale By Michael Adam Reale, 6th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This short piece will help the end user in finding local community support groups.

Are you looking for a support group?

Do you have access to a computer? If you answered yes then the first step is go to your favorite search engine, Google, Bing and Yahoo are the most popular. For the best results do what is called a Boolean search. What is a Boolean search, you might ask. Well, it is a type of search allowing people to combine keywords with operators such as AND or +, NOT and OR to further produce more relevant results.

In order to do your search, first type in your city or township, or county and the type of support group for which you are searching. Example: Hackettstown OR Warren County + anxiety support group. The use of or tells the search engine to look for the words Hackettstown first, then if nothing then look to Warren County. When we add the plus sign +, it informs the search engine to include anxiety support group. This formula will help to locate local support groups. If your search yields no results then you might wish to expand your search to include surrounding counties in your area.

If you do not have a computer, you can go to your local library and use the computers offered there. Additionally, one can call a local hospital and ask if they have a department that is in charge of support groups. Most times, hospitals will let individuals use a room for a support group meeting. Check a local newspaper, usually Wednesday or Sunday; check the calendar section as some people list support groups in the paper. Check with local houses of worship in your area. Many times, local houses of worship will allow support groups to meet in their facilities.


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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
6th May 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article.

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