You are not alone. Being in the company of others who share similar struggles and challenges is proven to be helpful. Here you will find a list of available no cost or low cost groups to support you, or someone you care about.
*Please call or email support group contacts to ensure that the group dates, times, and locations are current.*
Family Support Groups
NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.
Support Groups for Depression
The LiveWell Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring all people with depression have equal access to the support they need to live well. Our FREE groups for teens, adults, seniors, physicians, and those working through recovery and addictive behaviors, are led by trained peer volunteers with shared experience and based on the LiveWell Program. Groups are available in-person in Philly, and from anywhere via Zoom.
Anxiety Support Groups
Use this tool to locate an anxiety support group near you.
People of Color Peer Support Groups (NAMI)
The People of Color support group is to support people of color who find it difficult to gain support from family and friends. It is a safe place to talk about their diagnosis and medications and side effects.
Each member, if compelled too, shares what is going on with them whether it be personal issues, or how they interact or how people interact with them. At the end of sharing we discuss a topic that relates to mental health, self-kindness or a question of the day.
Online & Phone Addiction & Recovery Support Groups
If you are struggling with addiction, in early or long-term recovery, don’t go it alone. Many recovery programs are being held online and over the phone. If you are searching for in-person AA meetings, click here.
Gamblers Anonymous Support Groups
Gamblers Anonymous is 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 from a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership.
GAM-ANON: Help for Family & Friends
Gam-Anon is a 12 Step self-help fellowship of men and women who have been affected by the gambling problem of another. We are familiar with worry and sleepless nights and promises made only to be broken. We know that living with the effects of another’s gambling can often be too devastating to bear without help. We believe that a change in our attitudes is of boundless helps to us as well as to our gamblers.
Nicotine Anonymous World Service
Nicotine Anonymous (“NicA”) is a non-profit 12-step fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. Visit the website for live chat and online group meetings.
Mental Health and Addiction Support Groups
Belmont Behavioral Health offers informal support groups, run by and for recovering people and often feature discussions and speakers. These support groups are open to the public, as well as patients who are currently in treatment at Belmont.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Family Support Groups
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosts a wide range of family support groups. These groups welcome new families and are available to provide comfort and solace to parents and others who are coping with a child’s chronic medical condition, illness or injury.
Support for Healthcare Professionals
JFCS is committed to supporting healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 crisis. JFCS knows that the stressors of being on the frontlines of this fight can take their toll, and so are offering ‘Support for Healthcare Professionals’ webpage as a resource for all medical professionals to tend to your own mental health and find tools for mindfulness and self care. For support during this time, please call the JFCS Care Navigation line at 866.JFCS.NOW (866.532.7669)
Survivors of Suicide Loss
These support groups help loss survivors cope, connect, and work toward healing. The groups are open to anyone 18 years or older who is grieving a loss due to suicide. The groups are free and confidential.
Grief Healing Discussion Groups
Information on care giving, grief, and transition for anyone coping with loss. Here you will find healing discussion groups, support, a grief bibliography and much more.
One of the oldest, if not the oldest, grief support community on the internet, Grieving.com was founded in 1997 and now supports a quarter million people annually from over 100 countries, from all walks of life. The focus is to provide grief support via community interaction.
Meetup.com Grief Support
Find out what’s happening in Grief Support for Partners and Spouses Meetup groups around the world and start meeting up with the ones near you.
Find a support group in your area so that you do not struggle alone.