Support groups are applicable in a wide range of purpose, including psychologic therapy, weight loss, grief work, and personal development. The patient should decide if a support group would be helpful and if he/ she can commit to attending and working with a group.
The patient should seek a group which is lead by a licensed, well trained professional. Support groups allow for interactions with people living through similar circumstances. Support groups which are not structured as therapy can also be very helpful. In one community people formed a support group for widows and widowers with children. This allowed for social interaction like picnics,camping trips, movies etc.