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How Do I Find a Local Support Group?

Many people find peer support a helpful tool that can aid in their recovery. Find a listing of organizations that offer support groups for consumers, their family members and friends.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Mental Health America

Self-Help Group Sourcebook Online

This searchable database includes information on over 1,100+ national, international and demonstrational model self-help support groups, ideas for starting groups, and opportunities to link with others to develop needed new national or international groups.

Review Date: March 14, 2012

American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse

4th Angel: Patient & Caregiver Mentoring Program

Have you had a cancer diagnosis? The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, telephone based, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery.

Review Date: August 23, 2011

The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (CARES)

ALS Association Chapter Support Groups

Support groups are a great resource for people to maintain control over their lives, to give and take the wisdom and experience that comes from living with a devastating illness. ALS support groups are listed by state.

Review Date: September 08, 2011

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association

Anxiety Disorder Support Groups

An effective support group helps recovery through mutual support and provides updated information about causes and treatment, eliminating some of the myths about anxiety disorders. This page lists support groups by state.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

APDA - National Young Onset Center

This site provides information and resources on employment, legal and financial issues, health insurance, treatment, research, and other issues of concern to young adults who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

Review Date: September 08, 2011

American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc.

Ataxia Support Groups

The National Ataxia Foundation provides a variety of ways to connect with others affected by Ataxia including support groups, bulletin boards, chat rooms, and social networking groups.

Review Date: January 06, 2012

National Ataxia Foundation

Brain Aneurysm Support Community

The purpose of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation Support Community is to provide a forum for patients and their families affected by brain aneurysms to find support.

Review Date: October 23, 2012

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation

Brain Tumor Support Groups

This page provides a guide to both in-person and online support groups for those newly diagnosed and coping with various types of brain tumors, including medulloblastomas, optic-glioma tumors, etc.

Review Date: February 08, 2011

Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation

CareFinder: Alzheimer's Association

If you or someone you care about has Alzheimer's disease, you need to find good care in your community. This page helps you plan ahead in terms of health care, finances, and finding support.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

Alzheimer's Association

Chapter Locator: The Compassionate Friends

Find the nearest chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a national non-profit organization that assists families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

Compassionate Friends

Chapters: Mended Hearts

Search this state listing to locate a Mended Heart chapter offering support and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers. Contact the national office at 1-888-432-7899 or info@mendedhearts.org for more information.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Mended Hearts, Inc.

Congenital Heart Information Network - Support Groups

The Congenital Heart Information Network offers this listing of local, regional, and national support groups throughout the globe for families and adults with congenital heart disease.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

Congenital Heart Information Network

Families Anonymous Meeting Directory

Families Anonymous Meetings provide support and recovery from the effects of a loved one's addictions. Find United States and International meeting locations, in addition to online meetings.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

Families Anonymous, Inc.

FCA: Support Groups

The Family Caregiver Alliance offers four different online support groups for caregivers and their loved ones, including a group coping with Huntington's Disease and a LGBT caregiver group.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

Family Caregiver Alliance

Find a Chapter: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

CHADD chapters provide support groups and other services in more than 225 communities across the country and offer a variety of activities that can truly make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD).

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Find a Co-Dependents Anonymous Meeting

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Find a meeting in your area and who to contact for meetings outside the U.S.

Review Date: December 23, 2014

Co-Dependents Anonymous

Find a Local Chapter: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)

NOCC volunteers network with patients, family members, and caregivers to provide support and encouragement about ovarian cancer.

Review Date: September 08, 2011

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Inc.

Find a Meeting - Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

Search for Overaters Anonymous online meetings or telephone meetings in your area.

Review Date: June 14, 2011

Overeaters Anonymous, Inc.

Find a Nicotine Anonymous Meeting

Search for a Nicotine Anonymous meeting held in your state, another country, by phone or online. Information on starting a meeting in your area is provided.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Nicotine Anonymous World Services

Find a Support Group: Graves' Disease & Thyroid Foundation

This document lists (by state) support groups available for people with Graves' disease and their family members.

Review Date: December 05, 2012

Graves' Disease and Thyroid Foundation

Find a Support Group: Obesity Action Coalition

Support groups are another important component in the fight against obesity. Find a local support group to connect with others who are facing the same challenges and triumphs.

Review Date: August 16, 2012

Obesity Action Coalition

Find a TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Meeting Near You

This site provides a listing of weight control clubs by zip code. Find a club near you.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Find An A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous) Meeting

Locate Alcohol Anonymous offices for information on local meetings in the U.S. and Canada.

Review Date: December 12, 2014

Alcoholics Anonymous

Find an Emotions Anonymous Meeting

The Emotion Anonymous meetings are structured to assist individuals who want to achieve and maintain emotional health by understanding and utilizing the Twelve Steps of Emotions Anonymous in their daily lives. Find a meeting in your area.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Emotions Anonymous International

Find Support Programs and Services in Your Area

The American Cancer Society has free programs and services to help people with cancer and their loved ones manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need. Learn more about the services and programs they offer.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

American Cancer Society

Find Support: Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance offers both in-person and online support and forums, educational materials, and personalized wellness tools.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Find Support: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) offers information and programs to support patients and their families with leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma. Locate an online chat, support groups, education programs, or resources and services.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Find Support: National Brain Tumor Society

A brain tumor diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming. Connecting to others is an important way to find information, support, and hope. This section on brain tumor support groups includes information to help you and/or your loved one find the support you need to stay strong via online communities.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

National Brain Tumor Society

Force Community Support Groups

Find a state listing of FORCE outreach networks that offer peer support and resources to people affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Review Date: December 23, 2014

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

Get Connected: UMDF Support Groups in Your Area

Connect with your local contact(s) or to request information on support group activities in your area.

Review Date: April 10, 2012

The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

Grief Resources for SIDS Families

If you or someone you know has experienced the death of a baby, First Candle is only a phone call away at 1-800-221-7437. They will help connect you to grief information and support online, or through community support groups.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

First Candle/SIDS Alliance

How to Locate a Meeting: Al-Anon/Alateen

Al-Anon and Alateen meetings are held in local communities to help families of alcoholics. Search these listings to find information and meetings held in your area, and throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Al-Anon Family Groups Headquarters, Inc.

Hydrocephalus Support

Information is provided about the Hydrocephalus Association's toll-free hotline, e-mail support services, local support groups, and peer network.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

Hydrocephalus Association

Infertility Support Groups

A support group, whether professionally-led or peer-led, will help you feel less isolated, empower you with knowledge and validate your emotional response to the life crisis of infertility. Find a group near you.

Review Date: December 23, 2014

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Is Al-Anon For You?

These three self-quizzes can help you decide if Al-Anon may be of help if you are troubled by the alcohol use of someone close to you.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Al-Anon Family Groups Headquarters, Inc.

Local Chapters of SPOHNC (Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer )

Coping with oral and head and neck cancer can be extremely difficult because the patient has to endure alterations in appearance as well as in speech, sight, smell and eating. SPOHNC provides information, support, and encouragement to patients and caregivers.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer, Inc.

Lung Cancer Support & Resources

This page lists support programs available for persons diagnosed with lung cancer and their families, such as support groups, a Phone Buddy Program offering peer-to-peer support, and a free web site allowing people to stay in touch during treatment and recovery.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

Lung Cancer Alliance

Mother of Supertwins (MOST) Family Support Forums

MOST offers a variety of online support forums for participants to post multiple birth related questions and receive responses from other parents of triplets or more.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

MOST (Mothers of Supertwins)

National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) Chapters

National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) chapters have been established so that no woman, family member or friend should feel alone while battling cervical cancer and HPV. Locate a NCCC chapter in your area.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

National Cervical Cancer Coalition

Nationwide Listing of Renal Support Groups

Find a national listing of support groups for patients dealing with kidney disease.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

American Association of Kidney Patients

Next Steps After Your Diagnosis: Finding Information and Support

If you have received a diagnosis that could change your life, this document may help you take the next steps.

Review Date: December 12, 2014

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Online Support - Congenital Heart Information Network

Find online support groups for individuals and families coping with heart and lung transplantation, congenital heart disease, Down Syndrome, Noonan Syndrome, and more.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

Congenital Heart Information Network

Ostomy Support Groups

Locate the UOAA support group closest to you. Each group is listed by location, group number, contact person and phone number.

Review Date: November 26, 2014

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.

Pancreatic Cancer: Find Support Resources

This site provides links to connect with other survivors and caregivers, support groups and educational meetings, and request assistance with financial or insurance issues.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Parent, Family & Friends Network (PFN)

Parent, Family & Friends Network (PFN) offers free support to those whose loved ones are stuggling with an eating disorder. Receive a quarterly newlsetter, registration announcements for the new PFN Webinar Series and notifications of upcoming events.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Eating Disorders Association

Phenylketonuria (PKU): Coping and Support

Living with PKU can be difficult. Read these strategies to help you cope with the challenges of PKU.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Preeclampsia: Get Support

Recently diagnosed with preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, or other hypertension in pregnancy? Share stories, advice, information and support with other members online.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

Preeclampsia Foundation

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: Life with PF

Find information on educational webinars, podcasts, the Breathe Bulletin electronic newsletter, lung transplantation resources, and more.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Pulmonary Hypertension Support Groups

Here is a support group listing, by state, for individuals coping with pulmonary hypertension.

Review Date: December 28, 2012

PHCentral

Restless Legs Syndrome: Find a Support Group or Contact

Locate a support group or volunteer in your area to find support and information about the latest treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

Scleroderma Support Groups

Select a state to find a scleroderma support group in your area. A toll-free phone number is listed for further information.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

Scleroderma Foundation

Search Grief Support Programs

Search a listing of over 500 centers that provide grief support and services in your area by using any keyword, including: city, state, and zip code.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

Dougy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children and Families

Sexaholics Anonymous: Meeting Search

Sexaholics Anonymous is a recovery program based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and its Twelve Steps and Traditions program. Find a meeting near you.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

Sexaholics Anonymous

Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation: Support Groups

The Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation sponsors nearly 100 groups located throughout the United States and Canada. These groups, run by volunteers, provide members the opportunity to share advice and tips for living more comfortably with Sjögren's.

Review Date: March 23, 2012

Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, Inc.

Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Groups

Locate a support group or an National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association contact person in your area by state or province.

Review Date: August 15, 2012

National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association

Support for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Survivors

Find supportive programs and services for bone marrow transplant patients and their families, including telephone support groups and peer support for patients and caregivers.

Review Date: January 14, 2013

National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

Support Groups: Interstitial Cystitis Association

The Interstitial Cystitis Association offers in-person, phone, and cyber-support within the United States, and support groups that meet around the world. Information on starting an IC Support Group is included.

Review Date: April 23, 2012

Interstitial Cystitis Association

Support Groups: National Stuttering Association

This page lists local support group chapters of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) throughout the United States.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Stuttering Association

Support Groups: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association

Find support groups in your state that offer help to patients and families affected by Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association

Support Groups: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association

Find free support groups open to any and all thyroid cancer survivors and their families and friends. Share your own experiences and find insights on how others are coping with thyroid cancer.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc.

Support Programs for Children, Youth and Families

Find programs offering families, parents, teens, and children support and resources to help them handle challenges and demands posed by the illness of a parent.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

Institute for Family-Centered Care

Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA) Meeting and Group Directory

Here is a list of SIA meetings and groups that may help incest survivors during recovery.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

Survivors of Incest Anonymous

Tourette Syndrome Association Chapters and Support Groups

Locate Tourette Syndrome Association chapters and support groups in the United States.

Review Date: August 07, 2012

National Tourette Syndrome Association

Vestibular Disorders: Support Group Directory

If you suffer from a vestibular (balance) disorder, find a support group in your geographic area or join an online support community.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Vestibular Disorders Association

What is Sexaholics Anonymous?

Learn about Sexaholics Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

Sexaholics Anonymous

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