How to Start a Support Group
Years ago, we included a sample press release for publicizing a support group in the back of our book, Overcoming Depression. Apparently scores of groups mushroomed using that one-page press release and the instructions on how to reach the media, and we would like to offer that same help to parents and professionals who would like to start groups in their local communities.
While online support groups are invaluable for daily support, and you don’t need to find a sitter and leave home, an in-person support group increases your chances of finding friends you can socialize with (and call when you’re feeling blue), and provides access to resources in your own community. Plus, you may find you can arrange stress-free playdates for your child with other children who have the disorder (it is so important that our children don’t grow up feeling they are the only ones who have bipolar disorder), and you can be absolutely sure the other mothers in the support group won’t be judging your child’s behavior and wondering what’s going on in your home.