How Mental Health Support Groups Help You Build Self-Esteem

May 22, 2019 Sam Woolfe

Mental health support groups can help you improve your self-esteem. Although there are many different techniques to build self-esteem, from various forms of therapy to self-help exercises, mental health support groups could also play a part. They help because, sometimes, what we really need to build self-esteem is increased connection with others. For people living with low self-esteem, it can sometimes feel like you’re the only one struggling with this problem. But the reality is that many people also live with low self-esteem, whether that’s because of a mental health condition or as a standalone issue.

Many cities have mental health support groups for specific conditions like depression and anxiety as well as groups for low self-esteem specifically. Depending on what you’re struggling with, one group or the other could prove more useful. Finding a mental health support group in your local area can be a great way of connecting with others who can relate to what you’re going through. Support groups can also help you build self-esteem in a variety of ways. Here’s how.

How Do Mental Health Support Groups Help You Build Self-Esteem?

Build Self-Esteem by Seeking Insight From Others

When you’re struggling, sometimes it’s best to seek insight from others who know what you’re going through. In a support group for depression, for example, you may meet people much older than you, who have lived with low self-esteem for years, but who have found ways of coping. They might be able to share experiences on what their triggers are, how they have tried to build self-esteem over the years, and what they currently do to feel valuable and confident in the midst of depression.

In a support group for low self-esteem, people can talk about all sorts of things that have helped them to build self-esteem, including books, articles, podcasts, therapies, workshops, courses, hobbies, and lifestyle changes.

People Can Show You a Realistic, Compassionate Perspective

If you suffer from low self-esteem and open up to a support group about the negative and self-critical thoughts you have, people in that group can help to ground you. For example, if you’re describing a situation in which things didn’t go as desired and you beat yourself up about, people in the group can pick up on this and offer a different perspective. They can provide a more realistic, balanced, and compassionate point of view.

It’s important for people who are self-critical to know that they can’t put all the blame on themselves for life’s mishaps. Getting a reality check from others in a support group can, therefore, help you be a bit kinder towards yourself and build self-esteem in the process.

Mental Health Support Groups Are Mutually Beneficial

Just as others can help you, you can support others too. Moreover, being there for others who have low self-esteem can be an effective way for you to build self-esteem. This is because others in the group can express their appreciation for your participation. By showing compassion and care for others in the group, you may realize that you play an important and valuable role in the lives of others.

When you have low self-esteem, you may feel that you lack value, virtues, skills, and confidence. So, you need to find ways to prove yourself wrong. And support groups can help in this respect. Indeed, opening up to a room full of strangers and supporting others who are suffering can be one of the best ways of challenging the negative beliefs you have about yourself.

APA Reference
Woolfe, S. (2019, May 22). How Mental Health Support Groups Help You Build Self-Esteem, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 20 from

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Wendy Rubin
November, 8 2020 at 9:08 am

I really am feeling like people are recognizing what a phony I am.

November, 10 2020 at 4:14 pm

I'm glad you reached out to share, Wendy. I can relate to what you're feeling because I always felt like people were going to find out that I was a phony too. It's not as troublesome now after working with my therapist and with my writing here on my journey to build self-esteem. I am still working to be authentic to everyone around me. It takes courage to show your true self, and I applaud you for taking the step of commenting here today.

March, 5 2020 at 3:25 am

Hiya I am sitting in my house getting worse and worse I don't even want to go out now there is no point as there is no where to go and no one to see I'm not even worth visiting or dropping a message to any mire

March, 5 2020 at 2:20 pm

Hi, Julie. I'm sorry to hear you're feeling low. I would like to point you to an exercise I shared this week here. It may help you take a first step towards moving to a direction where you believe you are worth everything in the world. The power to take that step comes from inside, and you can learn to rely on yourself to do what you need to do and what you want to do if you can break out of the mode of not wanting to go out. I hope you will fight the inertia and try this exercise, and then let me know what you think about it.…. I'm so glad you reached out, and I hope you will again. Every little baby step we take helps us, and reaching out here and to others in a support group like this blog post suggests is a great step. I also hope you will talk to a mental health professional about your feelings if you are not already doing so.

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