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American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse

Though its keyword-searchable online database, national helpline and Sourcebook, the American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse puts people in touch with any of over 1,200 national, international, model, and online self-help groups covering a wide range of illnesses, disabilities, addictions, bereavement, and stressful life situations. They also provide referrals to local self-help clearinghouses that exist in some states. The Clearinghouse provides information and consultation nationally to help people start new types of national self-help groups when none currently exist. Telephone services are available on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST.

Review Date: September 15, 2011

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Co-Dependents Anonymous

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA®) was established in 1986 as a self-help recovery program for individuals coping with co-dependency. Co-dependency is a compulsive, self-destructive behavior, characterized by an inability to maintain functional relationships, and may include a history of addiction. CoDA® is a non-professional organization, and is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. Its group activities are patterned after twelve-step recovery programs. Group meetings have been established in 49 states and 10 countries.

Review Date: August 18, 2010

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Debra of America, Inc.

The Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America (DEBRA) was formed in 1979 as a self-help group for persons suffering from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a group of inherited skin disorders characterized by the formation of blisters after mild trauma. Staff provide professional and emotional guidance, raise funds for research, and help administer public and professional education. DEBRA of America and its sister organizations in Australia, England, New Zealand, and Israel are dedicated to improving public and professional understanding and awareness of EB.

Review Date: August 25, 2008

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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a non-profit, patient-directed organization founded to provide personal support and direct services to patients with depression or manic depression and their families. DBSA offers a toll-free information and referral line, has more than 1,000 patient-run support groups throughout th U.S. and Canada, and reaches nearly five million people through educational materials and programs, exhibit materials, and media activities. An annual conference is held to provide for communication between local chapters, general members, and the DBSA.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

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Emotions Anonymous International

Emotions Anonymous (EA) offers a group approach to the achievement of emotional health patterned after the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Group meetings are conducted in which participants share their experiences, strength, and hope with each other while practicing the 12 steps to this new way of life, one day at a time. Groups are open to anyone seeking help for their emotional or living problems. EA publishes a magazine, promotional literature, and guidelines for conducting EA groups.

Review Date: December 11, 2008

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Families Anonymous, Inc.

Families Anonymous (FA) was founded in 1971 as a mutual support group for families of people involved in drug abuse and related behavioral problems. Group meetings and discussions are modeled on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and focus on providing emotional support for the member rather than changing the behavior of the substance abuser. There are no fees or dues for group membership. Assistance is offered to people forming new FA groups.

Review Date: March 30, 2011

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Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types, Inc.

The Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types, Inc. (FIRST) is a nonprofit organization supported by public contributions and membership fees. FIRST raises funds to promote research on ichthyosis, a rare genetic skin disease, provide advice, guidance, and support among those affected; and distribute educational material to the public and medical professionals. The Foundation uses its national network of volunteers to bring self-help and educational support to individual members and their families. FIRST sponsors national and regional meetings and conferences, which feature leading researchers and clinicians and allow individuals with Ichthyosis to meet each other.

Review Date: May 17, 2011

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Freedom from Hunger

Established in 1946, Freedom from Hunger is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, nonsectarian organization classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity. Freedom from Hunger brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Together with local partners, the organization equips families with resources they need to build futures of health, hope and dignity.

Review Date: May 03, 2011

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Gam-Anon International Service Office

Gam-Anon is a 12 Step fellowship of men and women who are husbands, wives, relatives or close friends of compulsive gamblers who have been affected by the gambling problem. Gam-Anon's purpose is threefold: to learn acceptance and understanding of the gambling illness; and to use the program and its problem solving suggestions in rebuilding lives and to give appropriate aid to the gambler.

Review Date: December 10, 2010

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GBS/CIDP Foundation International

The GBS/CIDP Foundation International, founded in 1980, provides support for patients and families confronted with Guillain-Barre Syndrome and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. Both are disorders involving peripheral nerves that present as severe muscle weakness, often paralysis. The GBS/CIDP Foundation International seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals and families worldwide affected by GBS, CIDP and variants by 1) providing a network for all patients, their caregivers and families so that GBS or CIDP patients can depend on the Foundation for support, and reliable up-to-date information, 2) providing public and professional educational programs worldwide designed to heighten awareness and improve the understanding and treatment of GBS, CIDP and variants, 3) expanding the Foundation’s role in sponsoring research and engaging in patient advocacy.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

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Mended Hearts, Inc.

Founded in 1951, the Mended Hearts is a nonprofit self-help group for people suffering from heart disease. It distributes information to members and other heart patients and families. The Mended Hearts operates through local chapters and is supported by local and national dues.

Review Date: May 03, 2011

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Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a nonprofit, international organization founded in 1947; it was created to help people of all ages, races, religious perspectives, occupations, and lifestyles stop using drugs. There are more than 58,000 weekly meetings in 131 countries, including the U.S. and Canada, and meetings are also held in correctional and treatment facilities. The World Service Office of NA provides and distributes complimentary group starter kits and NA literature upon request. The material can also be obtained by professionals who refer their clients to existing NA meetings. NA approaches the 12-step recovery program by focusing on the disease of addiction itself, and not a particular drug. There are no dues of fees for NA services.

Review Date: May 24, 2011

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National Association for Children of Alcoholics

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 to support and serve as a resource about children of alcoholics (COAs) of all ages. The association's goals are to join with others of like concerns to create more effective services in communities, to increase public awareness, and to provide training for those who want to help children of alcoholics. NACoA operates a national children of alcoholics clearinghouse for information.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

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Pacific American Foundation

The Pacific American Foundation (PAF) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Pacific Americans through self-help. In addition, PAF educates and informs decision-makers and leaders on public and private policies that affect Pacific Islander Americans including, American Samoans, Chamorros, Fijians, Maoris, Native Hawaiians, Tongans and Tahitians.

Review Date: December 11, 2008

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Parents Anonymous, Inc.

Parents Anonymous (PA) is a self-help group for parents and children who are in need of treatment and/or prevention of child abuse. Local PA chapters meet regularly to discuss the problems of parenthood in order to improve their relationship with their children. Children's programs are also available in some areas.

Review Date: April 03, 2014

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Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International (PSI) was formed June 26, 1987 to increase awareness in our communities about the emotional changes often experienced during pregnancy and after the arrival of the baby. Objectives of PSI are to meet and exchange information between members, encourage formation of new postpartum support groups, encourage health care professional participation, address legislative issues, encourage research, and collaboration with other related organizations; establish criteria for training; supervision and evaluation of volunteers; and address insurance coverage issues. The Mission is to promote international awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues to childbearing.

Review Date: February 09, 2013

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