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Supportive Conversations: Food for Thought

Intended Audience

All members including people living with cancer, family members and significant caregivers.

Program Description

Supportive Conversations is an informal gathering over tea and snacks open to any participants who wish to connect with other individuals on a wellness journey. The casual sessions are facilitated by an accomplished program leader and provide ease and opportunity for meaningful discussion and inspiration.

“Tea group saved my life.”

“I am very thankful to the facilitators and Wellspring as a community for providing Tea Group and all of the other services so appropriate to my/our needs.”

“Growth comes when we share.”

“The comparative experience and shared situations helps you to feel that you are not alone.

Benefits and Impact

Recent scientific literature has found convincing evidence that social support is an important element of care for many cancer patients and survivors. 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, which allows cancer survivors to take a more active role in their care (Ziegler et al., 2022). 

What to Expect at a Session

Supportive Conversations is unique in that there is no agenda for these sessions, but rather it is a safe space for casual exchange and meaningful interaction. The facilitator is knowledgeable in many aspects of health and healing and can provide advice and support as requested. Participants are invited to partake in any way they feel comfortable; presence is all that’s required.

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What the Research Says

Numerous research studies that have been appraised for their evidence report that having psychosocial support during and after one’s cancer diagnosis and treatment leads to improved mental, emotional, and physical health outcomes. Psychosocial support can be provided by family, friends, and healthcare workers. Examples include listening, expressing empathy, and helping with chores and appointments. In a study conducted by Liao et al. 2010, researchers examined the effects of a supportive care program on women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The supportive care program consisted of 3 meetings. Researchers also provided the women with information pamphlets on breast cancer, different treatment options, and emotional coping skills. The women who received education experienced a lowered amount of anxiety that was statistically significant compared to women who did not participate in the care program. (Schub T., DeVesty G., Pravikoff D. 2015. Breast Cancer: Psychosocial Support. CINAHL Nursing Guide, Evidence-Based Care Sheet.)


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