For Those with Mental Health Conditions
Information and peer support forums for people with mental health conditions can be a useful supplement to mental health treatment. Here are some options for folks dealing with various different mental health conditions. Note: There are many more resources out there. This list is meant to help you get started in your search. Inclusion on the list does not represent an endorsement. Also, information included was accurate at the time of inclusion on this list, to the best of our knowledge, based on content from each respective website. Please check on your own to see if resources are still being offered or have changed.
General Mental Health Conditions
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Learn more about mental health | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Support & Education | NAMI: Education, Support Groups and Helpline
NAMI New Jersey
- Connection Recovery Support Group: A 60-90 minute online support group for adults (18+) with a mental health condition. Participants gain the support of peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others’ challenges and successes. Register here.
- LGBTQ+ NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group: Offered periodically. An online peer-led recovery support group for individuals (18+) in the LGBTQ+ community who have a mental health condition. Contact [email protected] for information. Register here | View flyer
- Asylees/Refugees NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group: Offered periodically: NAMI NJ and Interfaith Rise collaborate to offer a NAMI Connection Recovery Online Support Group for asylees and refugees. Contact [email protected] for more information. Download flyer to share!
Mental Health America
- Mental Health Information | Mental Health America (mhanational.org)
- Finding Help | Mental Health America (mhanational.org)
- Find Support Groups | Mental Health America (mhanational.org) (some links work, some don’t)
Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- About – Anxiety and Depression Support | HealthUnlocked: This community is a safe space for those affected by anxiety and depression to talk to others who truly understand. ADAA is a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention, treatment, & cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, & research. www.adaa.org offers free educational resources; Find-a-Therapist database; webinars, blog posts, podcasts & videos; support groups, and more. ADAA does not provide psychiatric, psychological, or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- Offers a variety of virtual peer support groups for adults with ADHD. The also offer courses – ADDA – Attention Deficit Disorder Association. You need to become a member to access the resources.
Depression and Bi-Polar Disorders
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBS Alliance)
- Online Support Groups – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (dbsalliance.org)
- Group Profile: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance | Support Groups Central: All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. Our national online support groups are hosted by Support Group Central (SGC), a DBSA vendor. Upon registration, you will receive an email from SGC to assist you with managing your account. Some of our local chapters host online support groups open to all geographies: click to learn more.
- Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for: teens, young adults, military veterans, people of color, DBSA friends, family, and caregivers supporting loved ones with mood disorders, and people with co-occurring diagnoses of substance use and mood disorder.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
International OCD Foundation
- International OCD Foundation | Living with OCD (iocdf.org): Apps, talks, etc.
- International OCD Foundation | Peace of Mind Virtual Community (iocdf.org): Welcome to the IOCDF Peace of Mind Virtual Community. Here, members of the OCD and related disorders community will find resources to learn, share stories, and support one another. We’re so happy you’re here!
- OCD and Families | Help for OCD sufferers & Families
Self-Injury Recovery Anonymous
Self-Injury Recovery Anonymous (thesira.org): support groups
- Meetings: Saturdays, 4:30 PM EST, Saturdays, 10 PM EST, Sundays, 12 PM EST, Wednesdays, 9:30 PM EST, Youth meeting (AGES 12 – 19) 3RD MONDAY OF MONTH, 8 PM EST. Virtually via Zoom *Email us for the zoom link & passcode. Head to our contact page.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
- Online Support – BDDF (bddfoundation.org): email helpline and support groups
- Online Support Groups – BDDF (bddfoundation.org):
- Adults 50 Plus Peer-Led BFRB Virtual Support Group: We are a peer-led community and support group for people 50 years of age or older with BFRBs, offering strength, hope and community. As we age, we are challenged with new circumstances and needs. In this group, we strengthen our community and each other. To register for the online support group, visit the link at the top of the page or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcO6oqj4iGtdP5iZef-YXeMdU9C2cyOX6. If you are registering from your phone or a tablet, make sure to separately select the meeting occurrence(s) you wish to attend from the drop-down menu, as you will use this registration link to register for all of our online meetings. Our online meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm ET (3:00 pm PT) for 90 minutes, and the meeting dates can be found in the drop-down menu of the Zoom registration page. Please email Carin & Holly at [email protected] with any group inquiries.
- Consider joining another open support group if you are under the age of 50, as we 50+ folks have unique challenges with our BFRBs.
National Eating Disorders Association
- Free & Low Cost Support | National Eating Disorders Association. Everyone deserves support for their eating concerns, and NEDA wants to connect you with resources that can help in addition to professional help. These free and low-cost support options offer ways to connect with others and provide tools to promote recovery.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Obsessive Skin Pickers Anonymous OSPA
OSPA is a beacon of hope for the many sufferers of skin picking disorder who have battled repeated attempts to stop, the shame and remorse of relapse, the hideous scarring, and the social stigma of skin picking. Based on the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous and founded upon the concept of one skin picker helping another with an attitude of love and hope, OSPA is an answer to this disease, guides us towards a gentler way of life, and embraces the precious mantra “To thine own self be true.” OSPA hold weekly phone and skype meetings. For meeting schedules and more information, visit http://www.osparecovery.org
- Skin Picking Support Online Support Group: Online topic-based meetings monthly for people who compulsively pick their skin or have another body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB). The purpose of our peer-led support meetings is to explore the various ways compulsive skin picking affects our lives while providing a safe environment for members to share their experiences surrounding BFRBs. The goals of these meetings include improving members’ quality of life by reducing shame, voicing struggles in a place with people who understand, and gaining insight into managing urges. When: One Saturday a month at 7:30 am PT/10:30 am ET unless otherwise stated. Where: A link in the Facebook event, provided the day of the meeting. Who: Anyone with excoriation disorder (skin picking) or other BFRBs who is a member of the Skin Picking Support Facebook Group. Minors under 18 need legal guardian’s approval to attend. https://www.facebook.com/groups/skinpickingsupport. If you have any questions or suggestions, email Angela at [email protected] with any concerns related to this group.
Tourette Association of America
Living with Tourette Syndrome – Tourette Association of America: Tourette Syndrome is one type of Tic Disorder. Tics are involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations. They are the primary symptoms of a group of childhood-onset neurological conditions known collectively as Tic Disorders and individually as Tourette Syndrome (TS), Persistent (Chronic) Motor or Vocal Tic Disorder, and Provisional Tic Disorder. These three Tic Disorders are named based on the types of tics present (motor, vocal/phonic, or both) and by the length of time that the tics have been present.
- Resources and support: Resource Library of Articles, Videos an PDF Files on Tourette
Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)
TLC Foundation for BRRBs, Hair Pullers Anonymous
- This is an online 12-step support group for adults affected by Trichotillomania. The format is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, and we use the book Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous (OCA). There is no charge (except the cost of the long-distance call). This group meets every Saturday morning at 11:00 am Eastern time (10:00 Central; 9:00 Mountain; 8:00 Pacific; and 7:00 Alaska time) and Sunday at 8:00 pm Eastern time (7:00 Central; 6:00 Mountain; 5:00 Pacific; and 4:00 Alaska time). Please visit our website or email us for more info. Hair Pullers Anonymous – Support Group Directory | TLC Foundation for BFRBs
If you are interested in counseling, please contact the Mindful Counseling Center for an appointment.