Maintaining a support group requires a dedicated team that can work well together.  It also depends on group members being able to give and receive support and to plan ahead.

Facilitator burnout is probably the greatest risk to the continuation of a support group. The support group should have a minimum of two facilitators, so that responsibility and commitment are shared, and each facilitator can take time out when they need it. In addition, the support group should be aware of the need for succession and be aware of potential future facilitators.

For more in-depth information on the topics below, please see pages 41–44 in the handbook.