1. Is there a fee?
All MHA Support Groups are free.
2. How many people usually attend?
There are usually between 5 and 12 people attending each group.
3. Is it run by a mental health professional?
Most of our groups are peer-led, meaning that an individual who has been through the experience that the group is focused on (for example, an individual who has battled depression or lost a loved one to suicide), is trained to facilitate the group. The only exceptions are the SAM groups, which are run by mental health professionals.
4. Do I have to speak?
The strength of the group comes from each one of us giving and receiving support. However, feel free to remain silent or say “I pass,” if you don’t feel ready to speak out in the group right away. We hope you will share as soon as you feel able.
5. Is it confidential?
Our guidelines state that what is said in the group, stays in the group, and that each person’s right to anonymity and privacy is respected.
6. Are groups the same as therapy?
Support groups are not the same as group therapy and do not replace mental health treatment. The groups are most helpful and effective when used in addition to regular therapy and/or medication.
7. Do I have to have a diagnosis of depression or anxiety?
In order to attend depression groups, you should have a diagnosis of depression including Bipolar Disorder, Dysthymia, Major Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, or Post Partum Depression. In order to attend anxiety groups, you should have a diagnosis of anxiety including OCD, PTSD, social or other phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or Panic Disorder.
8. Where do the groups meet?
Groups meet at several locations throughout the state, in various churches and conference rooms. Please call or email MHA to register and to find the exact location for the group you would like to attend.
9. Are groups open or closed?
Groups are closed, meaning that they are not open to anyone who wants to come. We ask that you please call and register for the groups before you attend them.
10. Do I need to be 18?
Yes, our groups are for adults. If you are looking for a group for children or teens, you can call MHA to try to help you find one in your area.
11. What is the purpose of the groups?
The purpose of the Mental Health Association in Delaware’s support group is to facilitate recovery from mental illnesses by providing an opportunity for members to share their experiences in a safe, supportive and gently challenging environment.