Resource Guide – The Value of Support Groups

by alex on October 19, 2010

At almost every meeting we have a question in the Question Bag asking, “How do you take care of yourself?” Someone always recommends joining one or more support groups as among the most helpful self-care activities. There are numerous articles on the web and in the literature on mood disorders. Here are some that we’ve collected, in no particular order. We plan to revise this post to choose the best articles for you, but in the meantime, here are some starting points for your exploration of this topic.

The Value of Support Groups

The Value Of Support Groups

Help For Partners Of Those Touched By Mental Illness

Support Groups for Relatives of People Living with a Serious Mental Illness:
An overview

Peer Support Groups for People With Bipolar Disorders in New Zealand: A Pilot Study on Critical Success Factors

Helping families cope with mental illness

By Harriet P. Lefley, Mona Wasow

Support Groups for Mentally Ill People

Making It Work

Elderly Parents of Adults with Severe Mental Illness

Group Work Interventions

Article: Join a Support Group!

by Mary Ellen Copeland

Reprinted by permission from,

The value of peer support groups for women with postpartum depression

Mixed Support Groups

When Madness Comes Home: Help and Hope for the Children, Siblings, and Partners of the Mentally Ill

by Victoria Secunda

Factors associated with caregiver burden in mental illness: A critical review of the research literature

Peer Support Among Individuals With Severe Mental Illness: A Review of the Evidence

Benefits of support groups for families of adults with severe mental illness.

Heller, Tamar; Roccoforte, Jennifer A.; Hsieh, Kelly; Cook, Judith A.; Pickett, Susan A.

Research Related to Self-Help Support Groups

Support groups: Share experiences about depression, other mental conditions