What and where are support groups for mental health issues?
“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.” (This is a quote from “Mental Health America”, a website devoted to listing support groups for all types of mental health issues and locators for local contact.)
A Virginia organization of mental health consumers, called the Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership (VOCAL) provides not only support services in traditional and non-traditional ways. They advocate for good mental health practices, and work to develop alternate and complementary services to effect the healing and adjustment of persons with mental health issues.
Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the most widely known support groups assisting persons with addictions.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness has many resources for peer support, professional support, and even support and contact through social media.
In Virginia, dialing or clicking on 2-1-1 will get you resources for support groups in the state.
PsychCentral will give the viewer a listing of online support.