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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 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 W. Adams St., Suite 2940
Chicago, IL 60603
National. 300+ affiliated groups. Founded 1986. Mutual support and information for persons with depression and bipolar disorder and their families. Provides education on the nature of depressive illnesses. Advocacy for research and improved access to care. Scheduled online support group meetings (Mon., Tues. and Wed.), annual conference, guidelines for developing support groups and quarterly newsletter. Face-to-face support group listings on website.
730 N. Franklin St., Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610
Voice: 1-800-826-3632 or 312-642-0049 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm CST)
(BILINGUAL) International. 600+ members; support networks in 48 states and 25 countries. Founded 1987. Goal is to increase the awareness of the emotional changes women often experience during pregnancy and after the birth of a baby. Information on diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression. Provides education, advocacy and annual conference. Encourages formation of support groups. Helps strengthen existing groups. Phone support, referrals, literature and newsletter.
Postpartum Support International
6706 SW 54th Ave.
Portland, CO 97219
Online. Site provides information posted by members to provide support to families of children or teens with bipolar disorder. Offers message boards, support group information, community center and general information.
Online. 7080 members. Founded 1995. Support for parents of a child with one of the many behavior disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Parents of children all ages welcome.
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.
GROW in America
P.O. Box 3667
Champaign, IL 61826
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
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 Assoc. Americ
8730 Georgia Ave., Suite 600
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Online. A community of women who are affected by postpartum mood disorders.
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