"My years as a medical practitioner, as well as my own first-hand experience, have taught me how important self-help groups are in assisting their members in dealing with problems, stress, hardship and pain...the benefits of mutual aid are experienced by millions of people who turn to others with a similar problem to attempt to deal with their isolation, powerlessness, alienation, and the awful feeling that nobody understands. Health and human service providers are learning that they can indeed provide a superior service when they help their patients and clients find appropriate peer support."
Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD
Mutual support groups, involving little or no cost to particpants, have a powerful effect on mental and physical health. The psychological and physical health importance of this diffuse community is striking...The self-help movement, both in face-to-face and virtual arenas has tremendous therapeutic potential."
American Psychologis feature article "Who Talks? The Social Psychology of Illness Supportr Groups" by K. P. Davison, J. W. Pennebaker & S.S. Dickerson
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
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