Support groups are voluntary groups who share a common problem, condition or life situation. Members find a unique understanding and guidance that comes from others who have experienced the same problem. Participants provide one another with emotional support and share information about effective ways to cope with their mutual problems. Although drawn together by a shared problem, they learn that by helping one another, they help themselves. Groups not only support individuals who have specific concerns, but quite often assist family members and significant others who are seeking support and education.
Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri is the official clearinghouse for support groups in the metropolitan area. For more information, please call 314-773-1399.
Click here to view, download or print the Support Group Start-Up Guide we've compiled from various sources.
The National Mental Health Consumer's Self Help Clearinghouse is another source of information and materials for locating and starting a wide range of peer-to-peer recovery services, including support groups. Once you enter the site, click on the "Technical Assistance" tab.