We just started a NAMI support group in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Since the town is small (population about 15,000), we decided to start with a combination group, consisting of both consumers (people who have a diagnosis) and family members. We hope eventually to get enough people involved to split into two groups — one exclusively for consumers and the other for family members and friends.
Having both perspectives in a single group has its advantages and disadvantages. Personally, I feel that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.
The two main advantages to the combined group, as I see it, are:
The three disadvantages, as I see it, are:
Please share your insights. Which do you prefer or think you’d prefer — a combined group or separate group? Why?
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Last reviewed: 12 May 2012