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Do support groups help people with mental health problems?

Support groups can be very helpful for people with mental health problems. They are most effective when the person also takes medication and sees a therapist in addition to the group care setting. Support groups help people with mental illness avoid social isolation. They also help people learn coping skills from others who have similar problems. Support groups give people hope that their problems can be helped. Family support groups help people learn ways to cope with mental illness in a family member.

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