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        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.

     A COPD support group will:

  •   Provide education on all aspects of the disease
  •   Promote disease management skills, especially coping skills
  •   Promote interaction to provide ideas from others who are dealing with the disease
  •   Help patients accept the disease and limitations not often found elsewhere
  •   Help eliminate the shame and blame stigma
  •   Provide a welcome place for patients who often feel alone or isolated, reaffirming
      “You are not alone”
  •   Provide a sense of friendship and acceptance that they may not find elsewhere
  •   Encourage patients to get out and be more active
  •   Involve members in COPD and non COPD activities and events
  •   Increase community awareness
  •   Work to enhancing members’ quality of life
  •   Reach out to patients who do not have access to good information and support

     Questions to consider before deciding to take on the responsibility of starting and running a COPD support group:

  •   Do you have the time to plan and coordinate the meetings and events?
  •   Do you have the time to talk with individual members who call with problems?
  •   Will you be able to attend the meetings, even if you’re having a bad day?
  •   Are you comfortable in front of and speaking to a group?
  •   Are you assertive enough (in a tactful way) to control a meeting?
  •   Can you maintain a positive, encouraging and hopeful attitude, avoiding negativism?
  •   Are you a good listener?
  •   Are you able to refrain from pushing your own beliefs?
  •   Can you gather a few people you can depend on to spread the work load, and back
       you up, both behind the scenes and at the meetings?

    Note: Starting a local support group is best accomplished by establishing a core group (steering committee).  This spreads the workload out. The points above can also be spread over several different members of that committee.

     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.

     Use the form below 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.


I am interested in starting a COPD Support Group in:

City:       State:       Country:

First Name:          Last Name:

Please send the information to:

EMail Address:

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