Support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. A support group provides an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies, or firsthand information.

Benefits of participating in a support group may include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
  • Talking openly and honestly about one’s feelings
  • Improving skills to cope with challenges
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
  • Improving understanding of the particular topic and one’s own experience with it
  • Getting practical feedback
  • Learning about health, economic or social resources

BYS support groups are available to youth 13 – 19 years old. Each support group is facilitated by a counselor or an expert in the field. Most of our support groups run on a weekly basis.

If there is a particular support group that would be of interest to you, please email BYS or call the front desk at 206-842-9675.