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Schizophrenics Anonymous

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: info@sardaa.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: info@mhselfhelp.org
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

Voice-Hearers

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: voice-hearers-owner@yahoogroups.com
Verified: 8/24/2011

Schizoaffective.org

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: schizoaffectiveorg-owner@yahoogroups.com
Verified: 9/26/2011

Schizoaffectiveorgfamily

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: schizoaffectiveorgfamily-owner@yahoogroups.com
Verified: 9/26/2011

Schizophrenia.com

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

Support4Hope

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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