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National network. Founded 1980. Listing of state-by-state local support groups, brochures, information about anxiety disorders, local listing of healthcare professionals providing treatment for anxiety disorders and a national listing of clinical trials provided free. Promotes the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety and stress-related disorders through advocacy, education, training, and research.
Anxiety and Depression Association America
8701 Georgia Ave., Suite 412
Silver Spring, MD 20910
National. 5 groups. Founded 1983. Support group that uses specific behavioral and cognitive techniques, along with an adapted 12-Steps of AA to help people recover from anxiety disorders. Relaxation techniques, small group discussions and field trips. Group development guidelines ($2.50). Informative facilitator's manual ($15). Subscription available for weekly handouts ($30/yr).
PO Box 725363
Berkley, MI 48072
International. 600 groups. Founded 1937. Mental health self-help organization that offers weekly peer-led meetings for people suffering from various emotional and mental conditions. Telephone and internet-based meetings also available. Principles parallel those found in cognitive-behavioral therapy. Teaches people how to change their thoughts, reactions and behaviors that cause their physical and emotional symptoms.
105 West Adams St., Suite 2940
Chicago, IL 60610
Voice: 1-866-221-0302 or 312-337-5661
International. 143 groups. Founded in 1957. 12-Step. Group offers mutual help, friendship, community, education and leadership. Focuses on recovery and personal growth. Open to all including those with mental health issues, depression, anxiety, grief, fears, etc.
Online. Support group for persons who suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, hypochondria or any other form of anxiety. Focus is on recovery and day-to-day survival with a 'can do' attitude.
International. 784 chapters. Founded 1971. Fellowship for people experiencing emotional difficulties. Uses the 12-step program sharing experiences, strengths and hopes in order to improve emotional health. Books and literature available to new and existing groups. Guidelines available to help start a similar group.
P.O. Box 4245
St. Paul, MN 55104-0245
Online. Provides online support via a social media site for individuals who are struggling with anxiety and/or depression.
International. 403 groups. Founded 2011. Provides peer lead mutual support for individuals with a fear of death and dying. The objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. Groups have no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action, meet in an accessible, respectful and confidential space and on a not for profit basis, alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food - and cake! Website provides 'how-to(s)' in starting local Death Cafe support groups. Contact via website.
Website: http://www.deathcafe.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deathcafe; Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeathCafe
Online. Support for people who suffer from emetophobia (an irrational fear of vomiting) to help them with their fears and share experiences and coping skills. Forums and chat rooms (both private and open).
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