FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

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Family Support Group: Make connections, get help 

Family Support Group (FSG) brings together people facing similar issues regarding resources for families whose children have fallen prey to sex trafficking. Members often share experiences and advice. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same situation.

While not everyone wants or needs support beyond that offered by family and friends, you may find it helpful to turn to others outside your immediate circle. FSG can help you cope better and feel less isolated as you make connections with others facing similar challenges. FSG does not replace your standard medical care, but it can be a valuable resource to help you cope.

Understanding Support Groups

FSG is a gathering of people who share common concerns. Support groups are not the same as group therapy sessions. Group therapy is a formal type of mental health treatment that brings together several people with similar conditions under the guidance of a trained mental health provider. FSG is led by group members with the assistance of professional facilitators. The group leader may invite a subject matter expert to talk about a topic related to the group’s needs or show educational videos. FSG emphasizes emotional support and shared experiences.

Benefits

At FSG, you’ll find people with challenges similar to yours. Members share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. They may also offer practical advice and tips to help you cope with your situation. Benefits of participating in support groups may include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
  • Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment
  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
  • Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
  • Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
  • Comparing notes about resources, such as therapists or legal help

FSG is a program supported by The Starfish Mentoring Program (SMP). Members do not have to have a child participating in SMP to attend FSG.

Contact | starfish@hoolanapua.org

SMP (808) 222-1872

The Family Support Group meets twice a month at a central location. For appointment or questions, please contact: Bebe Bainum: bebe.bainum@hoolanapua.org