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National Support Groups

 

Alcoholics Anonymous: www.AA.org  (locate a meeting or find information about alcholism, find groups for teens , family and friends affected by alcohol.

 

 

ACCESS (Air Craft Casualty Emotional Support Services)
This is a national network for those who have lost a loved one in an aircraft-related tragedy. It matches the bereaved person with volunteers who have previously experienced a similar loss. It is only email or phone support.  www.accesshelp.org
 
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Online bereavement support    www.aarp.org
 
American Association of Suicidology
This national organization offers resources for suicide prevention and survivors of suicide (SOS). They provide a newsletter, a directory of resources for suicide prevention, conferences, and referrals to local SOS chapters.  www.suicidology.org
 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP):   www.afsp.org  information for survivors and a 24/7 National Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

Autoerotic Asphyxiation Support: Online organization provides a supportive message board for family and friends of those who have died by autoerotic asphyxiation. www.groups.yahoo.com/group/autoeroticasphyxiationsupport

 

Center for Adoption Support: National center for adoption support, webinars, newsletters, forums.  www.adoptionsupport.org  

 

The Compassionate Friends: (TCF) Largest self help organization in the world for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. www.compassionatefriends.org

 

COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.)  Resources for the surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. www.nationalcops.org

 

Delta Society: Online organization maintains a list of pet bereavement support groups, pet loss resource persons, counselors and hotlines. www.deltasociety.org

 

Grief Recovery After A Substance Passing:  was created to help provide sources of help, compassion and most of all understanding, for families or individuals who have had a loved one die as a result of substance abuse or addiction. www.grasphelp.org 760-262-8612

Grief Share: National organization is a network of Christian support groups for the bereaved. www.griefshare.org

 

GRIEF SPEAKS: resource for information about grieving children, teens and adults. Books lists, links, and specific loss information.   www.griefspeaks.com 

 

GROWW (Grief Recovery Online (founded by) Widows and Widowers: bereavement chat rooms dealing with specific losses (child, spouse, parent, sudden death, long term illness, gay and lesbian, men etc) www.groww.org

Hospice Net: helps teens with grief due to life threatening illnesses

www.hospicenet.org

 

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD): A National organization dedicated to stopping drunk driving and to supporting victims of this violent crime. www.madd.org   Call:  1-800-GET-MADD

 

Mothers in Sympathy and Support (MISS): organization dedicated to supporting parents one to one after the death of an infant or young child. www.missfoundation.org    Call 1-623-979-1000

 

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill : Family support and self help groups. www.nami.org   1-800-950-NAMI

 

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Survivors Support Network: National organization provides emotional support to spouses, families, and friends who have died in the line of duty. Members are matched with survivors of similar experience to help them cope.  www.firehero.org

 

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO): referrals to more than 2100 hospices, a national newsletter, magazine, and professional conferences. www.nhpco.org

 

National Institute of Mental Health: Information on depression and other mental illnesses  www.nimh.nih.gov  1-800-421-4211

 

National Mental Illness Screening Project: locate a free, confidential screening site near you.  www.nmisp.org   1-800-573-4433

 

National Students of Ailing Mothers and Fathers Support Network (AMF): A network of university students helping each other cope with the serious illness or death of a parent or loved one. Developing campus based mutual support groups around the US and offer an online newsletter, online chats and service projects. Website provides information, group development guidelines, and a list of universities currently developing support groups.  www.studentsofamf.org  

 

1 in 6 : Providing Courage, Hope and Strenth to men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. Help them to live healthier and happier lives. Provides resources for men and those who care about them.  www.1in6.org

 

Parents of Murdered Children: (POMC): largest self help organization in the world for parents, families, friends and other victims of homicide. POMC has more than 400 local chapters and contact persons in the US and abroad. In addition to groups, they provide newsletters and offer conferences.  www.pomc.org    1-513-721-5683

 

Rainbows: International organization offering peer support groups in churches, schools or social agencies for children and adults who are grieving a death, divorce or other painful transition in their family.  www.rainbows.org  1-847-952-1774

 

RAINN:  Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. National Sexual Assault Hot line:  1-800-656-HOPE . call 24/7.  Website provides help, resources, information and links.  www.RAINN.org  

 

 

SIDS Alliance: National organization supporting families who have suffered sudden infant death syndrome. SIDS Alliance has more than 50 local chapters and offers a newsletter and conferences.  www.firstcandle.org   1-800-221-SIDS

 

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide: Great resource for teens, educators and parents. Short film, Not My Kid, educators can receive CEU’s and a lot of information about depression and helping a friend. Provides the 24/7 National Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)  www.sptsnj.org  

 

TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors): National network providing support for persons who have lost a loved one serving in the armed forces (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, Reserves, Service Academies, Coast Guard, and contractors serving beside the military). TAPS offers crisis information, problem solving assistance and liaison with military agencies. Also provides extensive youth programs and an annual multigenerational gathering in Washington DC. www.taps.org  1-800-959-8277

 

 

The Trevor Project: A 24/7 suicide prevention hotline for GLBTQ youth. They also run a Dear Trevor Project that allows GLBTQ youth to ask questions via the Internet. www.thetrevorproject.org    1-866-488-7386  (866-4-U-Trevor)

 

Twinless Twin Support Group: International support network that provides mutual support for twins and other multiples who have lost their twin or multiple. www.twinlesstwins.org   1-888-205-8962

 

The Wellness Community:  www.wellnesscommunitycnj.org   Support for children and teens who have a parent with cancer. Kidspeak groups.

 

Wings of Light, Inc.  National Organization provides support and information to individuals affected by aviation accidents. Provides separate networks for airplane accident survivors, family and friends of persons killed in airplane accidents, and person involved in rescue, recovery and investigation of crashes.  www.wingsoflight.org   1-623-516-1115

 

Wounded Warrior Project: Organization that provides support, information and resources to wounded warriors and their families.  Restore is an online, multi-media tool that offers warriors and caregivers the chance to learn about readjustment challenges. Warriors can take self-assessments and participate in interactive skill-building exercises that provide practical ways to deal with combat and operational stress. Restore is an anonymous environment that is only accessible through WWP Connect, our social network for WWP alumni, caregivers and staff.    www.woundedwarriorproject.org   1-877-TEAM-WWP (904-296-7350)

 

 

Looking for Referrals: 

 

American Psychiatric Association: Information and referrals to psychiatrists in your area, www.psych.org  1-888-852-8330 

 

American Psychological Association: information and referrals to psychologists in your area, www.apa.org   helping.apa.org  1-800-964-2000

 

National Association of Social Workers: information and referrals to social workers in your area: www.socialworker.org  1-800-638-8799

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

Bereaved Parents of the USA
This national support group for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents offers a newsletter, referrals to local chapters and conferences. www.bereavedparents.org
 
Center for Suicide Prevention
SIEC has extensive info on suicide prevention, postvention, and intervention efforts and trends. They offer a newsletter and referrals to local support services.   www.suicideinfo.ca
 
Children of September 11th:   Support, information and referrals for families:  www.childrenofseptember11.org
 
The Compassionate Friends (TCF)
This is the largest self help organization in the world for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. They provide more than 650 local chapters in the United States and Canada, with national and regional conferences.  TCF offers national and local newsletters, books and tapes and other related bereavement resources.   www.compassionatefriends.org
 
COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc)
This national organization provides resources for the surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. They sponsor the National Police Survivors' Conference each May, special hands on programs for survivors, a summer camp for children (ages 6-14)and their parent/guardian, parents' retreats, spousal retreats. Outward Bound experiences for young adults (15-20) a sibling retreat and an adult children's and in-laws retreat.    www.nationalcops.org 

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American Childhood Cancer Society: helps children battle and overcome cancer: 
Delta Society
National organization maintains a list of pet bereavement support groups, pet loss persons, counselors and hotlines. www.deltasociety.org
 
GriefShare
This national organization with 3200 affiliated groups is a network of Christian support groups for the bereaved. It provides info and referrals, literature and help in starting groups.  www.griefshare.org
 
The Mesothelioma Group: published a very informative guide to understanding cancer: http://www.mesotheliomagroup.com/understanding-cancer/  
 
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD)
National organization dedicated to stopping drunk driving and to supporting victims of this violent crime. MADD has over 300 local chapters and offers victim support groups for the bereaved.  There is a newsletter, magazine, training programs and conferences.  Phone:  800-GET-MADD     www.madd.org
 
Mothers in Sympathy and Support (MISS)
MISS is an organization dedicated to supporting parents one-to-one after the death of an infant or young child.  www.missfoundation.org
 
National Alliance for Grieving Children
http://nationalallianceforgrievingchildren.org
 
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Survivors Support Network
National organization provides emotional support to spouses, families, and friends of firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Members are matched with survivors of similar experiences to help them cope during the difficult months following the death. www.firehero.org
 
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
Referrals to over 2100 hospices, a national newsletter, magazine, volunteer and professional conferences, and related support services.  www.nhpco.org
 
National Students of Ailing Mothers and Fathers Support Network (AMF)
AMF is a network of university students helping each other cope with the serious illness or death of a parent or loved one. They are actively developing campus-based mutual support groups around the US and also offer an online newsletter, online chats, and service projects. Their web site provides information, group development guidelines, and a listing of universities currently developing support groups.  www.studentsofamf.org   
 
Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
Largest self help organization in the world for parents, families, friends, and other victims of homicide. POMC has more than 400 local chapters and contact persons in the US and abroad. They have groups, newsletters and offer conferences.  # 513-721-5683   www.pomc.org
 
Pet Loss Grief Support Website
Moderated board offers support and understanding for persons grieving the loss of their pet or who have a pet this is ill. It also offers Monday Pet Loss Candle Ceremony, a chat room, tribute pages and other resources.  www.petloss.com
 
RAINBOWS 
International organization with 8600 groups, offering peer support groups in churches, schools, or social agencies for children and adults who are grieving a death, divorce or other painful transition in the family.  800-266-3206   www.rainbows.org
 
SIDS Alliance
National organization supporting families who have suffered sudden infant death syndrome. SIDS Alliance has more than 50 local chapters and offers a newsletter and conferences.  800-221-SIDS   www.firstcandle.org
 
TAPS  (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors)
National network providing support for persons who have lost a loved one while serving in the armed forces (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, Reserves, Service Academies, Coast Guard, and contractors serving beside military).  Offers networking, crisis info, problem solving assistance and liaison with military agencies.  There are also extensive TAPS youth programs and an annual multi-generational gathering in Wash DC.  800-959-8277   www.taps.org
 
Twinless Twin Support Group
This is an international support network that provides mutual support for twins and other multiples who have lost their twin or multiple(s).  888-205-8962    www.twinlesstwins.org     email   contact@twinlesstwins.org
 
Wings of Light
National organization provides support and information to individuals affected by aviation accidents. Provides separate networks for airplane accident survivors, families and friends of persons killed in airplane accidents and persons involved in rescue, recovery and investigation of crashes.  623-516-1115    www.wingsoflight.org 

Other Support Groups:
 
NAMI New Jersey:  New Jersey's Alliance for Persons Affected by Mental Illness. Affiliates in NJ provide advocacy, education and mutual support programs at no charge to members of the community. NAMI NJ includes:
*Family to family education, self help groups, law enforcement education, education for professionals, South Asian mental health awareness, Chinese American Mental Health outreach, family outreach in spanish, National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Planner, Freedom from Stigma, Task Force on Children, Publications and Conferences.    732-940-0991   or www.naminj.org
 
Bipolar Disorder and Depression Self Help Support Group:
Meetings at Overlook Hospital:  Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday 7:30-9:00 PM in Conference Room #1.  Meeting on the 4th or 5th Saturday of each month in Conference room #2 from 1-3 PM.  Dates as followed: 2009: Oct 1,15,24    Nov: 5,19,28  Dec: 3,17,26
 
One meeting per month on Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Westfield 170 Elm Street.  2009: Oct 6, Nov 10, Dec 8
 
Web site:  www.DBSANewJersey.org/EssexCounty      or call 908-233-7074   Dr. Kanan Patrawalla, Medical Advisor 

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