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2020 has been difficult for everyone. Not only have we had to contend with a global pandemic that has forced everyone to stay out of public since March, but we’ve had to deal with economic uncertainty, wildfires on the west coast, protests that erupt in violence, and even the threat of civil war. Naturally, this has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health, and it would be understandable to seek out support from others. Since meeting up with a support group in person is ill-advised at best, we recommend finding support groups online.

 

Social Connection While Social Distancing

Perhaps the biggest problem for most people right now is the need to remain socially distant. People are able to go out in public for groceries or to run other simple errands, but they still need to stay at least six feet away from everyone else, and they need to keep their noses and mouths covered. Actually going to large gatherings or other events where people might socialize is right out. Unfortunately, people are social animals; they need to have a connection with others. Even those who self-identify as introverts have been craving some kind of interaction with others. This is why online support groups have been so helpful during this time. Online support groups allow you to connect with others and discuss whatever has been bothering you with like-minded individuals without having to leave your home. There are general support groups that let people simply discuss the effect the pandemic has had on them, but there are also more specific groups if you’re going through something more troubling and want to talk to someone who might have the same problems as you.

 

Finding Online Support Groups

The good news here is that it’s very easy to find an online support group that suits your needs. Facebook is still a great resource for connecting with others, but it’s hard to find something really specific. Meetup.com is also helpful, especially since you can find groups that fit specific niches. There is still no guarantee that you’ll find what you’re looking for, but it might be a little easier than trusting Facebook to connect you with what you need. If you’re specifically looking for a support group near you, you can always check out Support Groups Central, which curates support groups from organizations around the country and allows you to connect with them online or in person.

 

Finally, if you need professional help but don’t want to speak with an entire group, you can always connect with a therapist for one-on-one sessions. Most therapists offer remote sessions now, and there are bound to be some that suit your needs in your region. If you need help finding a therapist, go to the Find a Therapist page on Psychology Today to begin your search.