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Thinking about starting a local support group-any advice?

There are absolutely no support groups within two hundred miles of where I am, and that's just sad. I'd really like to start one. I have a place and a time (conference room at my school, two hours once a month). I know how I'll advertise (I'm a teacher so I can advertise at my school, at the other schools in the district, and at the college here in town.) I'm also going to keep a running ad in the paper. I also want to call the local behavioral health centers and see if I can get some of the doctors to come and give presentations on certain topics, suggest strategies, etc. I'm also going to want to serve refreshments. I really want this to work-this current obsession is keeping my mind off of the depression/anxiety that is worse than it has been in months. Is there anything I'm forgetting? Anything I need to keep in mind? Do I need to advertise for a co-leader to help me out? This is as much for me as it is for other people who have nowhere to go and can't afford professional services (like me.)
Category: Treatments 5 years ago
TAJ
Asked 5 years ago

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I think that's a wonderful idea! That's really so amazing. My only suggestions would be this: Before you have your first meeting, have people email or call you expressing interest and commit to coming so that you have an idea of how many people will show up. It might help to have your first meeting be something like a meet-and-greet. But since you said you're a teacher, you probably have lots of experience entering into new situations and things like that. Oh, and one other thing: I think a co-leader or co-facilitator is a great idea. It might be really hard to organize something like this all on your own. You might benefit from having someone to share responsibility with. Anyway, that's all I got. Good luck! I hope everything works out.
Sophie Trite
Answered 5 years ago
Sophie Trite

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