Starting a Local COPD Support Group - A How-To Guide from COPD International
Posted Oct 10 2011 10:23pm
Starting a local COPD support group in your community may not be easy but it is a very rewarding and important service to the COPD community as well as your local community. It takes a very special person to reach beyond their own health problems to help others. In doing so, however, you will probably find that you gain even more than you give.
Emotional support, social support and education for people living with COPD are just as important as their medical care. The local community you create can help all that participate learn to work through their feelings of fear and frustration and to ultimately have a better quality of life.
Visit the COPD International Website to read through some introductory tips, then use their form to receive the check list “Steps to Starting an Effective COPD Support Group” and a “Lung Disease Support Group Leadership and Training Manual” which combine to give you general information to help you set up a COPD patient support group in your area. They also give you some specific guidance that will help ensure your success. In addition, should your group decide to affiliate with COPD-International, you will have access to a website which will provide additional help and guidance as well as the opportunity to interact with other group leaders.