Self-Help and Serious Mental Illness

Edward L. Knight, PhD, CPRP

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What Mutual Support Groups Are Available?

Dual-focus, 12-step groups provide similar formats. These include: Double Trouble In Recovery (www.doubletroubleinrecovery.org), Dual Recoveries Anonymous (www.draonline.org), and Two Challenges and One Path Recovery Circle (www.recoverycircles.org). There are also 12-step groups for people with mental illness, such as We Can and Do Recover Circle (www.recoverycircles.org) and Emotions Anonymous (www.emotionsanonymous.org). Groups that do not follow the 12-step philosophy include: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, formerly named Manic Depressive and Depressive Alliance (www.dbsalliance.org); Schizophrenics Anonymous (www.nsfoundation.org); Recovery, Inc. (www.recovery-inc.com); and Wellness Recovery Circle (www.recoverycircles.org).

Many other support groups without national organizations and/or common formats can be found through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-funded technical assistance centers: National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearing House (www.mhselfhelp.org); National Empowerment Center (www.power2u.org); and Consumer Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center (www.contac.org). Another source for finding groups is the American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse (www.selfhelpgroups.org). These resources can also help by providing information and formats for starting mental health self-help groups.

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