support group


Definition of support group 

: a group of people with common experiences and concerns who provide emotional and moral support for one another

Examples of support group in a Sentence

He joined an alcoholics' support group.

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OCEANSIDE Heart support group hosts guest speaker Mended Hearts will host a support and education meeting 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Real in Carlsbad. Linda Mcintosh,, "Escondido gets 90+ firefighting jackets," 5 July 2018 Free one hour support group, Alzheimer's café, and four hour respite care. Alan Goch, Jewish Journal, "Jewish events in south Palm Beach County: July 11-17," 10 July 2018 The school system’s problem-solving support group, the Instruction Intervention Team and Student Support Team, develops attendance improvements plans for students, according to the attendance policy. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Howard school absentee rate is lowest in Maryland," 22 June 2018 Hospital offers support group, classes Methodist Hospitals will offer a variety of programs for patients with Parkinson’s disease through August. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 20 June 2018 For the mothers who attend Karen Sheffres’ support group, those numbers are much more personal. Gary Warth,, "For some parents of mentally ill, Laura's Law falls short," 11 June 2018 But the addiction support groups herd vulnerable people together, creating a big target for marketers. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "When You’re Not Just the Product on Facebook, but the Manager," 21 May 2018 Each of the other support groups also will extend an event invitation to members of Emerging Collectors, creating opportunity to learn about an array of art styles. Birmingham Magazine,, "A guide to how to choose art for your home," 24 Apr. 2018 Shapiro, for example, finds that remaining active with the ParkinSingers and attending support groups helps her physically, emotionally, and socially. Terri Akman,, "Parkinson's Disease may affect women differently. These researchers aim to find out why," 12 July 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of support group

: a group of people who have similar experiences and concerns and who meet in order to provide emotional help, advice, and encouragement for one another

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Medical Definition of support group 

: a group of people with common experiences and concerns who provide emotional and moral support for one another

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