Self-help groups are formed by a group of people with a common issue or situation. The groups utilize this sense of community to share stories and helpful hints, give/receive support (emotional), promote services and help care for each other. One commonly known self-help group is Alcoholics Anonymous (for the treatment of Alcoholism). Other groups are formed for issues such as abuse, rape, incest drug addiction, and many other addictions/situations.
Self-help groups act as a first step toward professional help. Many of the groups offer services and have lists of professionals that can be contacted if an individual wants their help.
Read more about self-help groups here on PsychCentral.
Fournier, G. (2010). Self-Help Groups. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 5, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2009/self-help-groups/