How do I find a stroke support group?
Support groups enable you to interact with other stroke survivors who know what you are going through. They are also a good place to exchange information on how to deal with many of the problems that are common after a stroke. Support groups can help your mental recovery by providing someone with whom you can share your story and your frustrations. Participating in a support group also gives you a chance to get out of the house and can encourage you to try new things. Stroke support groups are a good place to find out about products that can help your recovery or make daily tasks easier. Meeting other survivors who have made a successful transition to fulfilling, active lives after a stroke can also give you hope early on in the recovery process.
To find a stroke support group in your area, try the online support group search from the American Stroke Association (www.strokeassociation.org/strokegroup) or the National Stroke Association (nsa.networkats.com/members_online/members/supportgroup.asp). See our resources section below for links to more online stroke support groups.
Links to Social Support Resources
American Heart Association – stroke survivor discussion boards
Young Stroked But Able – online stroke discussion group
The Stroke Network – online support group
Generation S – online discussion board focused on young stroke survivors
American Stroke Association – how to start and maintain a successful stroke support group
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