Helpful Support Groups
People often find their way to Nurture Mind Body and Spirit when they are struggling with something difficult and potentially overwhelming. Many may feel lost, alone, and uncertain if they can be helped, or where to turn.
If this sounds like you, you may want to utilize one of the free resources listed below to gain insight, support and encouragement.
You are not alone—we are here to help!
Find support for:
- Alcoholism and Addiction
- Anxiety/Panic Disorder
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Gambling Addiction
- Mental Illness
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sexual Abuse
- Suicidal Thoughts & Coping with Loss Through Suicide
Support for Alcoholism and Addiction
A comprehensive addiction information hub; provides reviews of treatment centers to help you choose the best one for you.
The web’s most comprehensive guide to quality rehab centers and addiction treatment. Connects you to treatment based on you and your needs.
NCAAD Alcohol Abuse Self Test / NCAAD Drug Abuse Self Test
These simple self-tests from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence are intended to help you determine if you need help with drug addiction or alcoholism.
Informative site offering videos, forums, helplines, support groups, and blogs.
Sober Recover Forum
A community forum for those recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Rethinking Drinking Worksheets and Calculators
Tools to check your drinking patterns, track your drinking, and plan for change.
About My Drinking and Other Drug Use Screening Tool
Allows you to compare your usage to others who’ve completed the screening; also, provides you with information on the financial and health impact of your current drinking levels and rates your risk of alcohol-related harm.
Questions to Ask Treatment Programs
A comprehensive booklet that will help you decide which treatment program is right for a child or young adult struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism.
A parent’s guide to your teen’s recovery from substance abuse.
Free Addiction Help Line 1-866-925-7411
Provides free assistance and answers to those who have questions about drug and alcohol addiction.
Drug & Alcohol Treatment Hotline 1-800-662-HELP
Support for Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Offers help with finding treatment options and support groups in your area.
Anxiety Center Self Test
Take this short self-quiz to see if you have an anxiety disorder.
Healthy Place Panic Attack Test
A test to help determine whether you are suffering from panic attacks and should seek professional help.
National Institute of Mental Health
Offers insight into causes, signs and symptoms, who is at risk, diagnosis, treatments, and living with both panic disorder and anxiety disorder.
A global community for anxiety sufferers.
American Psychological Association
Site includes research on anxiety, getting help, psychology news, and helpful books pertaining to the illness.
Psychology Tools Worksheets for Panic
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) worksheets to help you deal with panic.
Anxiety BC Complete Home Toolkit
A resource of simple, step-by-step instructions on how to deal with specific issues related to anxiety, and activity forms to help with fears, worries, obsessive thinking, and sleep disturbances.
Panic Disorder Information Hotline 1– 800-64-PANIC
Support for Cancer
Cancer Support Community
An international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education, and hope to people affected by cancer. Cancer Support Helpline 1-888-793-9355.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Support groups, geared to specific cancers and methods of treatment, give patients the opportunity to meet and share information and moral support.
Cancer Hope Network
Matches cancer patients or family members with trained volunteer cancer survivors who have undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience.
Provides timely, comprehensive information to help patients and families make informed health care decisions.
Cancer Prediction Tools
Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering have pioneered the use of prediction tools known as nomograms to help patients and physicians make important treatment decisions.
1 Up on Cancer
Features a listing of freebies and discounts for cancer patients.
Also offers freebies, discounts, and resources for cancer patients.
The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin—the journey towards recovery.
American Cancer Society Hotline 1-800-227-2345
Support for Caregivers
Family Caregiver Allegiance Caregiver Connect
Offers a state-by-state resource locator, information on clinical trials, and stories from other caregivers.
A community of family caregivers sharing stories, support, and suggestions; offers blogs, forums, groups, quizzes, podcasts, videos, webinar, and coaching
Caregiver Action Network
Non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
Resources to help you care for your senior loved one while helping you spot signs of stress on your emotional and stressful care-giving journey.
Offers care-giving tips, advice, and support through online support groups.
A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families.
Aging Care Caregiver Support Forum
A place where you can ask questions, give answers, exchange messages, and get support from other family caregivers who understand exactly what you’re going through.
AARP Caregiving Resource Center
Information, tools, and tips for caregivers.
Duke Family Support Program’s Toolkit for Alzheimer’s
A toolkit to help you care for a loved on with a memory disorder.
Offers articles, forms, checklists, and helpful tools.
Support for Codependency
A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Offers a list of patterns and characteristics as a tool to aid in self-evaluation.
A twelve-step recovery group that offers scheduled meetings in a chat room, and a forum message board.
A message board to share your experiences with codependency.
Codependency Self-Assessment Test
A short quiz to help you ascertain if you struggle with codependency.
Assignments to Jump Start Codependency Recovery
Information, affirmations, and exercise to help you overcome codependency.
Support for Depression
Psych Central Depression Screening Test
Brief online automated quiz to help you determine if you may need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of depression, or for tracking your depression on a regular basis.
Offers a caring, safe environment for members to talk to their peers about depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy, and recovery.
Offers forums, links, and chat rooms for peer support.
Coping tips to overcome depression.
Tools and resources helpful in treating men’s depression and other mental health issues.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Education, wellness tools, and peer support.
Psychology Tools Worksheets for Depression
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) worksheets to help you deal with depression.
Families for Depression Awareness
A national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides.
Postpartum Support International
Dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression.
Contact Crisis line 1–972-233-2233
Support for Domestic Violence
Psych Central Domestic Violence Screening Quiz
Helps you determine if you might need professional help to deal with a domestic violence or abusive relationship situation.
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Works to address and respond to needs identified by victims by providing tools that strengthen advocacy and help change the way society responds to domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Resources by State
An abuse, rape, and domestic violence aid and resource collection.
Battered Women’s Justice Project
Offers training, technical assistance, and consultation on the most promising practices of the criminal and civil justice systems in addressing domestic violence.
Provides legal information and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
A site for the 5.365 million men who are battered each year.
The Survivors Forum
For women who have been affected by domestic abuse to share their experiences and to offer support to one another.
Psych Forums for Domestic Violence
Community forums where those affected by domestic violence can share stories, seek guidance, and offer support.
Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
Domestic Violence Hotline/Child Abuse 1-800-4-A-CHILD (800 422 4453)
Support for Eating Disorders
National Eating Disorder Association
Provides programs and services to give families the support they need to find answers for these life-threatening illnesses.
Offers information, an interactive bulletin board where you can read letters from others who are suffering with, or in recovery from, an eating disorder; interactive online recovery games, and more.
Casa Palmera Eating Disorder Self-Assessment
The questionnaire will tell you whether or not you think you behave in a way that indicates that you have tendencies toward anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.
Around the Dinner Table
Support forum for parents and caregivers of anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorder patients.
Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
Most comprehensive and easiest to search database of eating disorder professionals in the world.
Education and support for anyone struggling with an eating disorder.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Other Eating Disorders
A non-profit dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of eating disorders.
Eating Disorder Hope
Offers education, support, and inspiration to eating disorder sufferers, their loved ones, and eating disorders treatment providers.
Eating Disorders Anonymous
A fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders.
FEAST (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders)
An international organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.
Eating Disorders Helpline 1-800-931-2237
Support for Gambling Addiction
National Coalition on Problem Gambling
Offers resources, screening tools, and help state-by-state.
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
21 Steps to Stop Gambling Self-Assessment Quiz
Your self-administered gambling check-up. This short quiz asks about your gambling related activities and thoughts.
An online community, featuring forums and blogs for support and encouragement.
Gambling Support Group
Online gambling support group, 1365 members strong and growing. Posts from not only people fighting gambling addition, but from family members as well.
Online peer support groups for text based “real time” group support from others who have been where you are, run by trained and knowledgeable facilitators.
Women Helping Women
News and support for female gamblers in recovery.
An online community for people with gambling issues to share their experiences and ideas.
Safe Harbor Compulsive Gambling Hub
Posting board and chat rooms to share your gambling recovery experiences.
National Council on Problem Gambling Hotline 1-800-522-4700
Support for Grief
Free recovery groups that meet weekly around the world; meetings include seminars with experts, support group discussions, and workbook-based personal study and reflection.
Provides support and resources to parents and others who have lost a child; offers free newsletters, free funeral planning guides, and reader-submitted stories, videos, and poetry.
Offers a bereavement and grief peer support chat room, bereavement and grief peer support forums, and a bereavement and grief peer support social network to keep in touch with new friends made.
Offers over fifty email grief support groups and two sites (one for adults and one for children).
Offers online grief support for those coping with loss; forums, message boards, and chat.
Good Grief Center for Bereavement Support
A nonprofit charitable organization that provides compassionate support services and resources to individuals of all ages coping with the death of someone important in their life, including a companion animal.
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Offers online education, hosts an annual symposium on children’s grief, and maintains a national data base of children’s bereavement support programs.
The Compassionate Friends
Provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
National Widowers Organization
A site that helps men grieve the loss of their wives.
Free grief support network dedicated to widows, widowers, and anyone who has lost their significant other.
Support for Infertility
Creating a Family
A nonprofit with the mission of providing unbiased accurate education and support for infertility and adoption.
A forum for those dealing with infertility and/or undergoing IVF treatment.
This forum offers real-world information about virtually all aspects of infertility, as well as support from others who are facing similar challenges. Topics include: InVitro Fertilization (IVF), primary and secondary infertility, Intrauterine Insemination, donor eggs / donor sperm, pregnancy loss or miscarriage, and many more.
From access to fertility centers throughout the U.S. to extensive fertility information and emotional and community support, Attain Fertility is one of the most comprehensive resources available for all of your fertility needs.
RESOLVE Support Groups (Offline)
Find a peer-led or professionally led infertility support group in your area.
A non-profit that offers free financial, medical, and emotional assistance and information to pregnant women and birth parents regardless of whether or not you are placing your child for adoption.
Parents Via Egg Donation
Provides an informational and supportive environment where parents and parents-to-be can learn and share information about all facets of the egg donation process.
Support for Mental Illness
Psychological Screening Tests
All quizzes are free, and most are based upon scientific research. They are instantly and automatically scored once completed, giving you immediate results.
Mental Health America
The nation’s leading community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Offers mental healthy screening tools and help finding treatment and support.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. Provides support, education, awareness, advocacy, and research.
Strength of Us
An online community designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong, and achieve their goals through peer support and resource sharing.
Mental Health Service Locator
A source of information for people seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
Mental Health Forum
A forum that aims to be the friendliest place on the web to discuss mental health issues.
Provides support for people with mental illnesses/mental disorders, those recovering and those in remission, as well as their families, friends, and mental health providers.
Provides tools and resources to help individuals and organizations maintain and improve their well-being, including questionnaires, suggestions, ratings, and surveys.
Provides free resources where people can learn about positive psychology through readings, videos, research, opportunities, conferences, questionnaires with feedback, and more.
An anonymous, confidential, online resource center for college students seeking information about mental health.
Support for Miscarriage
Open to Hope
A non-profit organization that helps people find hope after loss.
My Baby Angel Foundation
Offers support for those who have suffered a miscarriage, pregnancy, or infant loss.
Offers support and resources for those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or newborn death.
Support for all who have suffered a miscarriage and later child loss.
A community of compassion and hope for grieving families. Provides counseling, advocacy, research, education, and support.
Bereaved Parents of the USA
A non-profit that offers support, understanding, compassion, and hope for bereaved parents, grandparents, or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren, or siblings.
Provides free resources and support toward positive resolution of grief experienced at the time of, or following the death of a baby.
Offers information for those who have been impacted by the grief of pregnancy loss. Provides educational and uplifting articles, booklets, pamphlets, books, and extensive list of resources.
Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support Group
An active support network, with about 400 members sharing mutual support and information regarding subsequent pregnancy.
First Candle Grief Support Line: 1-800-221-7437
For families who have experienced the death of a baby
Support for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Alliance
A group of professional and advocacy organizations that have joined forces to provide educational resources to individuals diagnosed with PTSD and their loved ones; those at risk for developing PTSD; and medical, healthcare and other frontline professionals.
Healthy Place PTSD Screening Test
Helps you determine if you have the symptoms of PTSD and whether you should seek a diagnosis or treatment from a qualified doctor or mental health professional.
Understanding PTSD Free Booklet
This booklet will help you understand what PTSD is and how to get help. It includes stories from people who have gotten help for their PTSD and have returned to their normal lives, activities, and relationships.
Understanding PTSD Treatment Free Booklet
This booklet describes therapies and medications that are proven to help people with PTSD. You’ll hear from experts about what treatment is like, and how it can help you.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Worksheets for PTSD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Worksheets to help you deal with PTSD.
Provides basic information, references, and online support for those struggling with PSTD and their loved ones.
Give An Hour
A non-profit providing free mental health services to U.S. Military personnel and families affected by the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.
T2 Mood Tracker App
The free T2 MoodTracker lets you self-monitor, track, and reference your emotional health with an easy visual scale.
Vet Wives Living with PTSD
A message board offering support for those who love a veteran with combat PTSD.
Support for Sexual Abuse Survivors
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)
The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization; offers a hotline, information, and help finding support.
Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
An international support group program for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse. Offers community, provider, and web-based support group, along with Survivor to Thriver workbooks.
Support groups, message board, forums, and chat room for rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse survivors.
Support for Partners
Partners of survivors who have joined the forums find support, understanding, and ideas for improving their situation from other partners.
A non-profit dedicated to providing information, support, and resources to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their friends and family.
Provides critical resources to male survivors of sexual trauma and all their partners in recovery by building communities of hope, healing, and support.
The nation’s leading victim assistance organization; provides support, prevents violence, and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families, and communities.
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault
Information about childhood sexual abuse, tip sheets for responding to disclosure of sexual abuse, indicator of sexual abuse tip sheet.
Psych Central Childhood Sexual Abuse Forums
An online community for childhood sexual abuse survivors to seek and offer support.
Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
Support for Self-Injury
Self-Injury Outreach and Support
Provides information, resources, and online videos for anyone who has self-injured, who has recovered, or who knows someone who self-injures.
Provides funding for research, advocacy support, and education for self-injurers, their loved ones, and the professionals who work with them.
Download leaflets and fact sheets and communicate with other members via two moderated forums.
The Adolescent Self-Injury Foundation
A non-profit organization created for the purpose of offering hope in the recovery process for the adolescent and young adult self-injurers and their family.
Cutting and Self-Harm Virtual Teen Forums
An online forum where self-injurers and their loved ones can seek and offer support.
Bodies Under Siege Forums and Chat Room
Connect with a community of people who have, are having, or have had problems with self-injury.
Recover Your Life
Articles, forums, chat, and live help to find the support you need, any day at any time.
Trichotillomania Learning Center
Provides a wide range of services for information, support, and treatment for hair pulling and skin picking.
A free iPhone app that allows people to help one another with self-harming issues. If you have the urge to self-harm, tap “Toe.” If you want to help someone during an urge to self-harm, create a “Help Schedule.”
Self-Injury (Information only—not a crisis line) 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
Support for Stress
The American Institute of Stress
A non-profit organization that imparts information on stress reduction, stress in the workplace, effects of stress, and various other stress related topics.
Stress Management Society
A non-profit organization that offers various tools and resources to help you better recognize stress and develop strategies to deal with it.
Global Organization for Stress
Offers a free and paid membership; free membership includes the guide “101 Ways to Less Stress,” regular blog posts, and regular weekly email tips for stress management and relief.
Stress Management Worksheets
Downloaded printable stress worksheets to help you identify your causes of stress, find healthy coping skills to deal with stress, and find ways to take care of yourself physically and emotionally to better withstand stress.
Mind Tools Stress Management Techniques
Offers action-based strategies, perception-based strategies, and many other coping strategies and tools.
Help Guide Emotional Intelligence Toolkit
This free program includes articles, videos, and audio meditations. You’ll learn why emotional intelligence is so important to your emotional and physical health and then two core skills for reducing overwhelming stress.
Harvard Health Resources
Free tools to help you cope with stress.
Free Apps to Manage Stress
A list of five free apps with links and descriptions that will help you manage stress; includes apps for Android, iOS, and the Kindle Fire.
Stress Relief Games
A great collection of hand-picked games suitable for keeping your thoughts away from stressful and annoying things.
Support for Suicidal Thoughts/Coping with Loss by Suicide
Suicide prevention, awareness, and support.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy.
Suicide: Finding Hope
Information for those considering suicide, suicide attempt survivors, and those grieving the loss of a loved on to suicide.
Lifeline Crisis Chat
Crisis centers across the United States have joined together to form one national chat network that can provide online emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress: 1-800-273-TALK.
Alliance of Hope
Provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief, and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.
Suicide Grief Forum
A public message board that provides information, support, and comfort to anyone whose life has been touched by the suicide of another person.
The Trevor Project
The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
Suicide & Crisis Hotline 1-800-999-9999 / Adolescent Suicide Hotline 1-800-621-4000
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