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.
Recent Examples on the Web The unlikely mutual support group sprang into existence the week after Kaepernick, the 49ers’ backup quarterback, began his kneel-down protests in September 2016. Scott Ostler,, "Behind Colin Kaepernick’s life-changing visit to Oakland teens who took a knee," 11 July 2020 Members of the group attended court hearings last year, forming a core support group for Stone and his family members during the trial, CNN has reported. Marshall Cohen, CNN, "Facebook removes Roger Stone from Instagram after linking him to fake accounts," 8 July 2020 Mokiejewski has set up a support group for families seeking redress called the 9,471 Collective, named for the number of care-home deaths on May 5, when the group was founded. Washington Post, "After waves of virus deaths, care homes face legal reckoning," 26 June 2020 Kessler also hosts a free grief support group that has grown to more than 15,000 people since its launch just a few weeks ago. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "30 gifts for someone dealing with grief," 25 June 2020 Early on in the health crisis, NAMI support group participants expressed anxiety for loved ones’ health. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Feeling sad, anxious, lonely due to pandemic crisis? You’re not alone, national surveys say," 3 June 2020 Renew LA, a youth support group, and Joseph’s high school, the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, have also provided support for the family. Tiffany Wong, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus devastates Koreatown family, one by one," 23 June 2020 Graham and his wife, Jan Steinbock, are no longer able to attend their support group meetings in-person, and have not visited the ALS clinic since December. oregonlive, "Access denied: Oregonians with disabilities face extra challenges meeting care needs during pandemic," 15 June 2020 Tom Falcone of PFLAG Cleveland, an advocacy and support group for LGBTQ people and their families, saw the ruling as a victory that will help the transgender community. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Cleveland LGBTQ community welcomes Supreme Court ruling, but says it’s not necessarily cause for celebration," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of support group

1951, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jul 2020

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“Support group.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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