Support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. A support group provides an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies, or firsthand information.

Benefits of participating in a support group may include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
  • Talking openly and honestly about one’s feelings
  • Improving skills to cope with challenges
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
  • Improving understanding of the particular topic and one’s own experience with it
  • Getting practical feedback
  • Learning about health, economic or social resources

BYS support groups are available to youth 13 – 19 years old. Each support group is facilitated by a counselor or an expert in the field. Most of our support groups run on a weekly basis.

Current BYS Support Groups:

Sexual Assault Survivors Support Groups

These support groups were established in order to provide a safe place for survivors of sexual assault to share their own experiences, learn from others who have had similar experiences, and support one another. 

Based on interest, there are separate groups for youth who identify as male (he/him/they/them pronouns), and youth who identify as female (she/her/they/them pronouns). We will work with youth who identify as trans, non-binary or gender non-conforming to find the group that best meets their needs. Most importantly, we welcome all youth regardless of gender identity and will work with each individual person to find the most supportive environment for their healing.

The groups are for high school-aged youth who have experienced sexual assault and would like professional and peer support. The groups are considered private, each with a limit of 10 members per group. The groups will each meet on a weekly basis for 60-75mins. Due to COVID restrictions, the groups will meet virtually via Zoom. Once safety guidelines allow for in-person meetings, the groups will meet at BYS. 

If you are interested in participating in one of these groups, please fill out the registration form. Once you have turned in the registration form, the Youth Services Coordinator will be in contact with you. It is required that you meet with the facilitator before you will be allowed to attend a meeting. 

The lead facilitators are BYS Counselor, Helen Burke (females) and BYS Counseling Intern, John Carleton (males).

If you have questions, please email BYS

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If there is a particular support group that would be of interest to you, please email BYS or call the front desk at 206-842-9675.