All male Wellspring members, including those living with cancer, family members and significant caregivers.
At Wellspring, men living with cancer are invited to participate in a non-judgmental, pressure-free group where they find there is strength and comfort in listening and sharing with peers. The Wellspring Men’s Group provides a safe and supportive space for sharing stories, challenges, and dreams, along with a few laughs. In the uplifting and nurturing environment of the group setting, participants are empowered by the knowledge that they are welcomed, supported and celebrated.
“I felt surprisingly at ease and relieved to be surrounded by other men who got me.”
“It gets a bit lonely all by yourself in your head.”
“Great company, great conversation.”
Benefits and Impact
Recent scientific literature has found convincing evidence that social support is an important element of care for many cancer patients. Significant improvements in health-related outcomes such as quality of life, anxiety, and self-efficacy have been reported in people living with cancer following social interventions like peer support (Jablotschkin et al., 2022; Zhang et al., 2022). Furthermore, studies have noted that social support can be an important source of knowledge and empowerment (Ziegler et al., 2022). In research specific to people with advanced cancers, peer support has been demonstrated to reduce stress, improve self-esteem, and help develop useful coping strategies (Walshe & Roberts, 2018).
What to Expect at a Session
Participants gather online or in person and are free to talk about anything they wish. They may speak or stay silent, all are welcomed. Everyone finds their rhythm and the group is united in a common vibe of support and appreciation. Come and join us, or send a friend or family member, they and you will not regret it.