This week we had two visitors, both from the original trial Bipolar Psychoeducation group run in 2009. While their histories were different, they both spoke about how much the group had changed their lives.
Apparently their group is still meeting up on their own, years later. They wanted us to start thinking about how things would end and what we might want to do.
I have been surprised by how much it helps to have other people who have the same issues talking about it, as they provide insights and experiences that I would not have found on my own. It definitely helps to not feel so isolated and alone. And a few of them are seriously funny.
They seem to believe that this information is best presented in a group setting so that you have other people who have similar experiences that you can share with. While I can see the value in it, I think that sharing the information is important for those who cannot get this kind of help and support.