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Mental Health Matters looks at the value of support groups

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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 talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.