A self-help approach to health promotion

  • Jan Myers
  • Kate Marsden


Over the past decade there has been a proliferation of self-help groups in Britain. This follows closely the American trend for a diversity of groups based on individual needs around health and social welfare issues. These self-help or mutual-aid organisations can serve any number of purposes depending on the make-up of the members, but generally groups consist of people ‘who share the same concern or life experience’ (Jezewski, 1986, p. 5). They can also include people indirectly affected by the issue, such as friends, carers and relatives. Most importantly, groups and their activities are managed and controlled by their members.


Health Promotion Alcoholic Anonymous Inadmissible Evidence Statutory Service Health Promotion Officer 
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  • Kate Marsden

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