How to Find Divorce Support Groups

by Anna Green

Divorce can be potentially traumatic on many levels. Not only are you experiencing the loss of your spouse, but your financial and living situations may also change significantly. During this time, having a strong support system can help you cope with the emotional and logistical challenges you are facing. Many health organizations, both governmental and private, offer confidential support groups to connect you with others like you, often led by a licensed counselor or other mental health professional.

Finding a Local Group

Start looking for a divorce support group by contacting your local health department or department of social services. Even if your community public health system does not offer free support groups directly, they typically have listings of local counselors, hospitals and mental health centers who do offer such services. You can often find these on the health department's website, as well. Many churches and other religious centers offer free support groups, both secular and religious. In addition, mental health organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness may offer divorce support groups. If you are already seeing an individual therapist, she may be able to connect you with a support group that meets your individual needs.

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About the Author

Anna Green has been published in the "Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision" and has been featured regularly in "Counseling News and Notes," Keys Weekly newspapers, "Travel Host Magazine" and "Travel South." After earning degrees in political science and English, she attended law school, then earned her master's of science in mental health counseling. She is the founder of a nonprofit mental health group and personal coaching service.

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