Thank you for your interest in starting an NOF Support Group. Please review the information below and complete a support group application.
About NOF Support Groups
Coping with the challenges of a new diagnosis or management of a condition can be difficult, and peer support can play a crucial role. Support groups provide people with the opportunity to learn from others in similar
situations and reinforce the knowledge that they are not alone in facing difficult circumstances. Support groups can take many shapes and forms, including sharing meetings, educational meetings, or some combination of both.
Some important considerations before starting a support group include:
- Who will coordinate and lead the group? Do you have a medical adviser or expert?
- Where will the group meet? Is there already an existing group nearby?
- Who will attend?
- How frequently will the group meet?
The name of your support group and your email address will be posted on the NOF website and on the NOF Online Support Community hosted by Inspire. The online community has more than 45,000 members, many of whom would like to attend face-to-face meetings in their communities.
Please note: When naming your support group, it is helpful to identify your location. To register your support group with NOF, you will need to provide an email address that you are comfortable using and sharing. Should you wish to establish a new email for this purpose, we suggest using gmail and formatting your address similar to the following – NOFYourCity@gmail.com or YourSupportGroupName@gmail.com.
If you have questions about starting a support group, National Osteoporosis Foundation Support Group Leader, Susan Recker, is available as a resource. Please contact her by phone (402-280-4810) or email.