●Confidentiality is our priority. Members may not discuss
anything outside the group about what is discussed here or who is
here. To do so discourage the willingness to share that is
necessary for a support group. Members can, however, contact
and support each other outside the group.
●We share personal feelings, experiences, joys, triumphs, problems
during difficult times.
●We are the experts in our own recovery. Sharing behavior
patterns and actions that we have found to be effective - or not
effective - in coping with our conditions can help others.
●Listening helps us learn from peer experts.
●In order for caring and sharing to work, we must recognize that
every member is as vital as we are. Each of us has an important
perspective to share and we can be encouraged, but never forced
●Electronic gadgets are turned to vibrate or off during group.
●Kindness and support is our aim. Members treat each other, as
they would want to be treated, respectfully and without judgment.
●Courtesy is contagious. It may take extraordinary courage for
some members to reveal personal feelings. Be sensitive to this
and refrain from interrupting another person speaking or by cross
●Advice is just that, advice. Recommending a particular course of
action, physician, treatment or medication is NOT our purpose.
Members do express their personal experience in these matters.
●You are not glued to your chair, so feel free to take a break
outside the meeting room to attend to your personal needs.
●If you are sharing suicidal plans or experiencing problematic
symptoms, the group facilitator may ask that you seek the help
from your support system. You are not alone during this dark
●Reality checks are encouraged. If you do not understand a topic
of discussion or have a question about what was shared, right then
andthere for better understanding of the conversation. It is not helpful totake misinformation home.
●Using "I" statements enables us to own our own issues. Try to keep focused on yourself, your wellness or your illness rather than talking about other people.
●Using the names of others is a violation of confidentiality.
●We share common themes, struggles and victories.
●Leave your profession outside the door and bring your person inside.
●Prevention = Recovery