Support groups are made up of individuals who share a common health concern or other similar issue and who decide to meet on a regular basis to discuss experiences, share ideas, and provide emotional support for one another. Support groups may be facilitated by a layperson who is living with the condition or by someone interested in it, such as a family member. Support groups may also be facilitated by professionals or paraprofessionals who are employed by not-for-profit charitable organizations, advocacy organizations, health-care institutions, or other organizations. Professionals who facilitate support groups may include social workers, psychologists, nurses, psychiatrists, Speech–Language pathologists, audiologists, and others. Paraprofessionals who facilitate support groups are typically individuals who have received some training in facilitating group discussions. Support group participation may ...

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