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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Photo: mandel ngan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The Internet of Things Will Benefit Seniors Rick Phelps, founder of the online Alzheimer’s and dementia support group Memory People, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2010. Gary Shapiro, WSJ, "Hacking Health Care: How Tech Will Drive Down Costs," 6 Dec. 2018 In the meantime, if there is a name for her condition, go online and do some research to find out if there is a support group for survivors who also have it. Houston Chronicle, "Dating is the latest challenge for teen who beat leukemia," 2 June 2018 Tonan-Lizzarago's organization is the largest support group for transgender adults in the Valley. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Phoenix Pride festival: Tens of thousands celebrate LGBTQ culture, push for equal rights," 7 Apr. 2018 There still aren’t many support groups beyond A.A., and few places in Louisville provide a sanctuary for people on MAT. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018 The center offers support groups for Littles (ages 3 to 6), Elementary Age (ages 6 to 12), Middles (ages 11 to 13) and Teens (ages 13 to 17). Linda Mcintosh,, "Elizabeth Hospice gets grant for children's room," 28 Apr. 2018 The women are bound together as a support group, participating in facilitated regular team video calls with a guide. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Your doctor or the CDC can point you in the right direction, which may include setting up a definite quitting plan, joining a support group, downloading an app, or managing cravings with specific activities or nicotine replacement therapy. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Is Cracking Down on JUUL and E-Cigarette Retailers to Curb Teen Vaping," 12 Sep. 2018 Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of supporting groups trying to overthrow the leadership. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Dissidents Call for United Front Against Iran After Assassination Attempts," 25 Nov. 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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