Support Groups

How Support Groups Can Help You

Support groups are where you can come together with others going through the same issues as you. They are where you can share your stories and experiences with people who understand what you are going through better than anyone else because they have been there, too.

Together, you will help each other in ways no one else can.

The Benefits of Support Groups

Support groups offer the following benefits to participants:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
  • Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment
  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
  • Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
  • Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
  • Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options

Who are Support Groups For?

You or a loved one may find our support groups in Tulsa or Oklahoma City a helpful tool to aid in your recovery.

One of the great misconceptions about support groups is that you must open up and reveal your entire life situation with everyone. When you attend your first meeting, there is no coercion for you to talk. You are welcome to be a spectator and get comfortable with the flow of the group, and learn from other people’s stories.

One of the key things about attending a support group is to always remember everything that is said in a group, stays in the group. This lays the foundation for people to feel like they can open up, share their story and continue the healing process.

Our Variety of Support Groups

Each of our support groups is led by a mental health professional, but the real power of our groups is getting the chance to interact with other people impacted by mental illness or similar situations. The group members have been there, and they can offer you advice that may open doors that you thought to be long shut and locked.

Depression Management

Tulsa: First and third Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the Association’s office located at 1870 South Boulder Avenue.

Oklahoma City: First and third Tuesday of each month at 6:15 pm at the Association’s office located at 400 North Walker Avenue, Suite 190.

Talk through your struggles with depression, or those of a loved one, and learn from others engaged in the recovery process. Our support group is a place to share and develop coping skills.

Anxiety Management

Tulsa: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm located at the Association’s office located at 1870 South Boulder Avenue.

Oklahoma City: Second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:15 pm at the Association’s office located at 400 North Walker Avenue, Suite 190.

Discuss the sometimes overwhelming thoughts and fears that are a part of anxiety disorders, and share and develop coping skills.

Bipolar Management

Tulsa only: First and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Association’s office located at 1870 South Boulder Avenue.

Discuss how bipolar disorder can cause moods that swing from excessively “high” and/or irritable to sad and hopeless, with periods of a normal mood in between. Our support group is a place to share and develop coping skills.

Survivors of Suicide

Tulsa: First and third Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the Association’s office located at 1870 South Boulder Avenue.

Oklahoma City: First and third Thursday of each month at 6:15 pm at the Association’s office located at 400 North Walker Avenue, Suite 190.

As a survivor – a family member or friend of the person who died by suicide – you may need help coming to terms with suicide. This group offers the opportunity to share, listen, teach and learn with others also overcoming the loss of a friend or loved one.

Parents Supporting Parents

Tulsa: Second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 pm at the Association’s office located at 1870 South Boulder Avenue.

Oklahoma City: Second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:15 pm at the Association’s office located at 400 North Walker Avenue, Suite 190.

As a caregiver of someone living with a mental illness, life can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. This group provides caregivers a safe and comfortable place to talk about their challenges and frustrations, as well as share coping strategies and ideas.

Strength and Serenity

Tulsa only: Second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Association’s office.

Special Note: Participation in this group is permitted by referral only. The time and location of this group will be provided after the potential attendee is approved for participation.

This group is designed for those who have lost a loved one to a violent act or crime. Strength and Serenity provides opportunities for healing by helping family members address grief, along with some of the unique stressors that people may experience when someone they love is the victim of a violent crime.

This group is a collaboration of the Mental Health Association Oklahoma and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.

If you are interested in attending this support group, please call 918.382.2496 and request to speak with Beth Svetlic, or you may contact Beth by emailing bsvetlic@mhaok.org.

PTSD Management

Oklahoma City only: First and third Thursday of each month at 6:15 pm at the Association’s office located at 400 North Walker Avenue, Suite 190.

This PTSD group offers an environment where you can share your experiences and struggles in a safe and friendly environment. You can gain insight, education, and support from others who are experiencing similar symptoms.

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