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Many people find peer support a helpful tool that can aid in their recovery. There are a variety of organizations that offer support groups for consumers, their family members and friends. Some support groups are peer-led, while others may be led by a mental health professional.

Some organizations now offer on-line support groups, discussion boards, and blogs as additional ways to connect with others in similar situations. These can be helpful additions to in-person support groups and can be especially helpful if there are no groups in your area.

We encourage you to also take a look at Mental Health America's LiveYourLifeWell program to learn more about the value of connecting with others and other helpful wellness tools.

Your local Mental Health America affiliate is an excellent resource to assist you in finding support groups in your area.

The following organizations also provide support group referrals:
The American Self-Help Clearinghouse and the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse maintain listings of support groups on a broad range of mental health topics.

The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Group Clearinghouse also maintains a Directory of Consumer-Driven Services which includes peer-run organizations throughout the United States that offer a variety of supportive services and activities.

In addition to the resources listed above, this FAQ is divided into three main sections -- Specialized support group resources, Other helpful resources, and National Toll-Free 24 hour hotlines. We encourage you to take a look at all of these sections since there are many helpful resources in each of them.

Specialized support group resources include:

Other helpful resources include:

National Toll-Free 24 Hour Hotlines:

  • Child-Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 (1-800-4-A-Child) Assists both child and adult survivors of abuse, including sexual abuse. The hotline, staffed by mental health professionals, also provides treatment referrals.
  • Covenant House Nineline at 1-800-999-9999 Crisis counselors are available to talk to homeless individuals and at-risk kids; also offer an on-line forum.
  • Boys Town at 1-800-448-3000 Crisis, resource, and referral line that assists both teens and parents
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) connects you with a 24 hour crisis center



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