Individual Support

Having a support system is an important part of feeling good. It benefits a person on all levels, and studies have shown that people with support systems live longer.

How do I find a support group in my community?
Many people find peer support a helpful tool that can help towards overcoming depression. 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.

Your local Mental Health Association 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 ClearinghouseNational 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.

Specialized support group resources include:

If you need further assistance on mental health issues or referrals, please contact the Mental Health America Resource Center at 1-800-969-6642.