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 (, Dual Recoveries Anonymous (, and Two Challenges and One Path Recovery Circle ( There are also 12-step groups for people with mental illness, such as We Can and Do Recover Circle ( and Emotions Anonymous ( Groups that do not follow the 12-step philosophy include: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, formerly named Manic Depressive and Depressive Alliance (; Schizophrenics Anonymous (; Recovery, Inc. (; and Wellness Recovery Circle (

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 (; National Empowerment Center (; and Consumer Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center ( Another source for finding groups is the American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse ( These resources can also help by providing information and formats for starting mental health self-help groups.


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