Support (Self-Help) Groups
Support (self-help) groups across the country enable individuals living with osteoporosis to help each other by exchanging information in a supportive environment. The term “self-help group” refers to situations in which more than two people come together to deal with a shared concern or problem. These groups are run by and for the participants, who are considered “experts” about their own experiences. The central idea of self help is: “You alone can do it – but you cant do it alone.” Frequently, support groups will include as part of their programming health professionals or other speakers to address aspects of osteoporosis.
For the Osteoporosis Canada support group nearest you, click here.
If there is no group in your area, and you would like to consider starting one, call your local Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada. To find the Chapter nearest you, click here .
If there is no Chapter near you, call the National Office at 1-800-463-6842 (416-696-2663 in the Toronto area) and ask to speak to the National Education Manager. You will be sent a manual that takes you through the steps involved in setting up a support group with Osteoporosis Canada. The manual covers such topics as what is a support group, the logistics of starting such a group, what are the responsibilities of the leader, and the support you will receive from Osteoporosis Canada.