How I’m making 2024 the year of change

While it’s been no surprise to those of you reading and / or following me online, if you’re new to the blog, I should admit that my 2024 hasn’t started off very well at all. I, like most people, kicked on Jan 1 with energy and excitement and before I knew it so many things abruptly changed that I am still left reeling from the process.

Since January I’ve had to overcome some pretty incredible hurdles, some of them not so gracefully, and amid online support groups I was already aware of, my current psychotherapist and a new mental health expert I am meeting later in February, I find myself looking for support and a sense of community in the world. Let me tell you about one I was recently introduced to and how it may just be a fit for you as well.

I want to preface this post by saying this is meant for educational and informational purposes only. I am not a mental health practitioner and still very much believe and encourage you to consult with one or many that you feel comfortable with.

Having recently been introduced to ShareWell, I was intrigued by the concept for sure.

“In a world where the stresses of everyday life can sometimes feel overwhelming, individuals are seeking alternative avenues for support beyond traditional therapy. Online peer support groups like ShareWell are emerging as an invaluable resource offering empathy, shared experiences, and practical advice from those who have walked similar paths.”

But how does it work?

Connection is actually something I struggle with mentally, so the idea of finding peers who are also suffering with or struggling with topics I do seems like an innovative way to come together to support one another. Here are a few more points about ShareWell that you may find interesting:

Emotional Connection and Understanding: Peer support groups provide a unique environment where individuals can connect on a deeply personal level. Unlike therapy, which is often structured around professional guidance, peer support fosters a sense of belonging and solidarity among participants who share similar challenges.

Accessibility and Affordability: Online support groups offer convenience and accessibility, breaking down barriers such as geographical limitations and scheduling conflicts. Unlike traditional therapy, which can be costly and may involve long wait times for appointments, online support groups are very affordable and readily available.

Empowerment through Shared Experiences: Engaging with peers who have faced similar struggles can be incredibly empowering. In these groups, individuals not only receive support but also have the opportunity to offer support to others, fostering a sense of agency and purpose in their own journey towards healing.

Diverse Perspectives and Resources: Online support groups bring together people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, offering a variety of perspectives and resources. Participants can learn from each other’s coping strategies, resilience techniques, and community resources, enhancing their own mental health toolkit.

Let me tell you about ShareWell

Here’s why I like this idea. Similar to support groups I attending to maintain and support my sobriety, this allows me to find like minded people who will understand me perhaps more than friends and family who have watched me struggle with specific topics.

After browsing their website I found groups that included but are not limited to:

  • Abuse
  • Depression
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Self-Care & Healing
  • Identity
  • Illness & Addiction
  • Grief & Loneliness

Again I need to stress that if you are in currently in crisis or are thinking of harming yourself and / or others that you take immediate action to dial 988. Mental health practitioners are a crucial part of my life and can be a necessary part of yours as well.

For those of you curious like I am, you can head to to see if this new style of online support and community is right for you.