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International. 175 groups. Founded 1985. Organized and run by people with a schizophrenia-related disorders. Offers support, fellowship and information. Focuses on recovery, using a 6-step program, along with medication and professional help. Weekly meetings and e-newsletters. Provides assistance in starting and maintaining groups. Write: Schizophrenics Anonymous PO Box 941222 Houston, TX 77094-8222 Voice: 240-423-9432 or toll-free 1-866-800-5199 Website: http://www.sardaa.org E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Verified: 9/26/2011
National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse
Resource. Founded 1986. Provides information and recovery-oriented services for mental health consumers. Assistance in self and system advocacy, on-site consultations, training and educational events. Assistance in starting groups. Also provides technical assistance to consumer-run groups. Maintains a database of consumer support and advocacy groups. Write: National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse 1211 Chestnut St., Suite 1207 Philadelphia, PA 19107-4103 Voice: 1-800-553-4539 (toll-free) or 267-507-3810 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm EST) Fax: 215-636-6312 TDD: 215-751-9655 Website: http://www.mhselfhelp.org E-mail: email@example.com Verified: 10/19/2011
CONTAC (Consumer Org. and Networking Tech. Asst. Center)
Resource. Center for mental health consumers and consumer-run organizations nationwide that promotes self-help, recovery and empowerment. Provides technical assistance for organizing and maintaining self-help groups. Conducts leadership training. listserv, electronic library and online peer support. Write: CONTACT 713 Bigley Ave. Charleston, WV 25302 Voice: 1-888-825-8324 or 304-342-6090 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-4:30pm EST) Fax: 304-345-7303 Verified: 1/13/2011
BPDWORLD (Borderline Personality Disorder)
Online. Mutual support for individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) provided through message boards. Started by a person with BPD in England, who has developed the online organization as a non-profit. Click on 'Community Forums' on top menu bar to see message boards. Write: BPDWORLD P.O. Box 1364 Huddersfield, HD1 9ZG UK Website: http://www.bpdworld.org Verified: 9/26/2011
NAMI Information Helpline
National. 160 groups. Founded 2007. Provides weekly recovery support groups for consumers living with mental illness where members learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies and offer each other encouragement and understanding. Helps anyone interested in starting a group. Voice: 1-800-950-6264 Website: http://www.nami.org (click on 'Find Support,' then 'Consumer Support'). Verified: 8/23/2011
PsychCentral Dissociative Disorders Forum
Online. Provides mutual support for persons with dissociative identity disorder (DID, formerly known as multiple personality disorder) and other dissociative disorders. Members share ideas and pool information on resources through the Forum's message boards. Website: http://www.psychforums.com/dissociative-disorders Verified: 6/7/2011
Online. 596 members. Founded 2002. Support for people who hear or who have heard voices. Opportunity to share concerns, ideas and coping strategies for living with voices with others in similar situations. Message board and e-mail discussion group. Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/voice-hearers E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Verified: 8/24/2011
Online. Provides support for people diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar disorders, their family and caregivers. Site includes a live chat room. Website: http://schizoaffective.org E-mail: email@example.com Verified: 9/26/2011
Online. 900+ members. Provides support for people with schizoaffective disorder, their family and friends. Website: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/schizoaffectiveorgfamily or http://schizoaffective.org E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Verified: 9/26/2011
Online. Discussion forum support for those who suffer with schizophrenia. Website: http://www.schizophrenia.com Verified: 9/26/2011
National Empowerment Center
Resource * BILINGUAL Provides a list of 'consumer-run statewide organizations' (click on it on left side of their website), which can be contacted for information on local consumer-run support groups and programs in your state. Also provides information and referral helpline, as well as literature, books, DVDs, lectures, workshops, and other resources. NEC's mission is 'to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people with lived experience with mental health issues, trauma, and extreme states.' Write: National Empowerment Center 599 Canal Street Lawrence, MA 01840 Voice: 1-800-769-3728 Website: http://www.power2u.org Verified: 8/17/2011
Online. Provides support of various mental health issues such as autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ADD and ADHD and the problems that arise from them such as domestic abuse. Online forums and chat. Write: Support4Hope PO Box 184 Deer Lodge, TN 37726 Website: http://www.support4hope.com Verified: 10/17/2011
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