Older adults with a mental illness face many life stressors as they cope with aging and mental illness. They require extra environmental supports to successfully navigate these challenges. Mutual aid groups represent a particularly potent source of support, and this article explores some of the unique practice issues and themes associated with group work for this vulnerable population. Group beginnings, authority, and intimacy themes are highlighted.
- Group work
- Older persons with mental illness
- Mutual aid groups
- Intimacy theme
- Authority theme