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Mental Health Matters looks at the value of support groups

It can feel like a great burden being lifted, when you realize other people are having the same issue you're having. That's the magic of support groups: meeting with other people who are working to overcome similar problems.

This month's edition of Mental Health Matters, our joint project with National Alliance on MentaI Illness-Southern Oregon, focuses on the benefits of attending a support group.

Andra Hollenbeck of NAMI-SO returns, with guests Doug Westberg, a peer group facilitator, and Jen (last name omitted at her request), who was a nurse and then trained to be a certified peer group counselor, and Claire Martin, who joined her first support group in the COVID/Zoom era.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.