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Support groups and psychotherapy groups can be enormously valuable for helping people cope with the effects of mental health conditions on their relationships, work and family life.

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Support Groups and Therapy Groups

Support groups and psychotherapy groups can be enormously valuable for helping people cope with the effects of mental health conditions on their relationships, work and family life. The following organizations offer, or can refer you to, support groups and psychotherapy groups for adults and young people.

United States

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Phone: (888) 333-AFSP
Web site: www.afsp.org

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Phone: (800) 233-4050
Web site: www.chadd.org

Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
Phone: (847) 492-8519
Web site: www.bpkids.org

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Phone: (800) 826-3632
Web site: www.dbsalliance.org

Families for Depression Awareness
Phone: (781) 890-0220
Web site: www.familyaware.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Phone: (703) 524-7600
Web site: www.nami.org

National Mental Health Association
Phone: (703) 684-7722
Web site: www.nmha.org

Massachusetts

Support groups and psychotherapy groups in Massachusetts are offered by the organizations listed below and by the local chapters of national organizations, including those listed above.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston, MA

  • Support groups for adults and young people, many of them free, including: groups for children on the autism spectrum, groups for adolescents in high school, groups for adults, and groups for social anxiety disorder, chronic mental illness, eating disorders, parenting, and addiction. Sponsored by the MGH Social Service Department.

    For information call the MGH Social Service Department at (617) 726-2640 or visit www.mghsocialwork.org and click on “Resources.”
  • Psychotherapy groups for adults as well as young people, including: psychodynamic/interpersonal groups, young adult groups, child and adolescent groups, groups for parents, older adult groups, and special interest groups. Sponsored by the MGH Center for Group Psychotherapy.

    For information call the MGH Center for Group Psychotherapy at (617) 724-0824, or visit www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/services/psychotherapy_home.aspx and click on “Outpatient Groups.”

McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA

  • Support groups for people coping with issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, substance use, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. For more information, call McLean Hospital at (617) 855-2000 or visit www.mcleanhospital.org and click on “Education,” then click on “For Consumers,” and then click on “Support Groups.”

North Shore Children’s Hospital, Salem, MA

  • Support groups for children and adolescents who have behavioral or mental health issues, and their families. Sponsored by the Family Resource Center/Behavioral Health Library. For more information, call the Family Resource Center at (978) 354-2660, or visit www.nsmc.partners.org....

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Massachusetts Chapter

  • Support/education groups for family members of people affected by mental illness offered at many locations around Massachusetts. For more information, call (781) 938-4048 or visit www.namimass.org.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Massachusetts Chapter

  • Free Social Work Therapy Referral Service that serves adults, children, and adolescents anywhere in Massachusetts. For more information, call (800) 242-9794 or go to www.naswma.org, select “Therapy Referral Service” from the tab menu at the top of the page, and then click on “SWTRS Groups.”

Parent/Professional Advocacy League (Massachusetts Chapter of Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health)

  • Support groups for parents of children with neurological, emotional, or behavioral special needs at many locations around Massachusetts. For information, call (617) 542-7860 or visit www.ppal.net/

Bipolar Partner/Spouse Support Group, Newton, MA

  • Free support groups for spouses/partners of people who have bipolar disorder, particularly for those whose spouse/partner is generally not acutely ill. The peer-facilitated support groups meet at Newton-Wellesley Hospital on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 7-9 p.m. For more information, or to participate, email partners.spouses@gmail.com.