Washtenaw County, MI Self Help & Support Groups


Adult ADHD Support Group: For the first half of each meeting, a local professional will talk about an ADHD-related topic. The talk will be followed by a Q & A session, and each meeting will end with a discussion and resource-sharing among participants. The group meets 6:30-8:30pm, Tuesdays at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 South Wagner Road, Ann Arbor. Questions? Contact Matthew Cunningham, LMSW at AnnArborADDults@gmail.com.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: A list of meetings anywhere in the U.S. Visit www.allone.com/12/aca/

AIDS Partnership- Michigan: Self-help groups for people who have HIV+/AIDS, families, friends and the bereaved. For more information about services and support groups in Michigan call (800) 872-AIDS or visit www.aidspartnership.org.

Alcoholics Anonymous: For meeting days, times & locations in Washtenaw County, click here.

Alcoholics for Christ: For meeting times and locations in Michigan, visit www.alcoholicsforchrist.com.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups:   Call the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association office ( 310 N. Main St., Suite 100, Chelsea, MI  48118) at 734-475-7043 or 800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/mglc for more information.

Anxiety Disorder Support Groups: For meeting schedules and locations in Michigan, visit www.anxietypanic.com/michigan.htm.

Attention Deficit Disorder of Children & Adults: Washtenaw County Chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) for individuals with ADD and ADHD and their families. Speakers, support, education, and resources offered free to the community. Parent and adult support groups meet monthly at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) Building at 1819 S. Wagner Road in Ann Arbor, MI.  For more detailed information visit our website at www.meetup.com/AnnArbor-ADHD-ADD-Support/. Questions can be emailed on our website or addressed to Kim Garver at kagarver@gmail.com or by telephone at 734-330-4996.

Autism Society of Michigan: Contact 800-223-6722 or visit www.autism-mi.org for state resources.

Brain Injury Support Group:
Ann Arbor: Michigan Chapter 3rd Thursdays 7:00-9:00 pm. Contact the Center for Independent Living, Sue Probert (734) 971-0277 x34 or Jim Briggs (734) 668-6404 or visit www.aacil.org.

Bereavement Support Groups: Self-help groups for people going through the bereavement/grieving process. Hospices typically have groups; visit the Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization at www.mihospice.org to find a hospice near you.

Bereavement Support Groups (Compassionate Friends): The mission of Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age. For meeting time/locations, call toll-free 877-969-0010; for more information about Compassionate Friends, visit www.compassionatefriends.org.

Bereavement Support Groups for Children: Regularly scheduled sessions that allow children to interact with peers who have suffered similar loss, and to express their fears, anger, guilt and sadness in a secure and empowering environment. Utilization of music, art, story telling, writing and play promotes the healing process. For more information, visit www.elesplace.org.

Beyond Affairs Network (BAN):  Support group for dealing with a partner's affair.  BAN is a non-profit, volunteer, grass-roots organization which provides men and women who are dealing with a partner's affair to come together for strength, insight and mutual support.  Visit BAN's website at www.dearpeggy.com or contact westmichiganBAN@excite.com for information on Michigan support group meetings.

Cancer Support Groups:
Call American Cancer Society, 734-971-4300 or visit www.cancer.org for support group meeting times and locations.

Cardiovascular Support Group: Living with Heart Disease- Meets the first Monday of every month 6:00PM – 7:30PM. Danto Auditorium - 2nd floor Cardiovascular Center, University of Michigan Hospital. Free to attend (parking not included). The goal of this group is to provide education and support to patients and their loved ones facing the challenges associated with a cardiac-related diagnosis. Topics may include physical and emotional wellness, lifestyle, coping, stress management, family, work, grief, adjustment, hospitalizations, safety planning and overall well-being. For more information about the group, featured speakers, or to RSVP, contact Leah at brockl@umich.edu or 734.232.1559.

Chronic Fatigue & Imnune Dysfunction Syndrome Association of America:
Visit the website at www.cfids.org

Chronic Pain Association: Self -help for people with chronic pain to cope with their situation (pain that lasts six months or longer). Contact the American Chronic Pain Association at (800) 533-3231 or visit www.theacpa.org for more information. 

Co-Dependency Support Groups: Learn about codependency, tools for dealing with issues related to it and all the ways that it could be negatively affecting your life, relationships and children.  Adult groups and also groups for teens/young adult issues related to codependency.  Wayne, Oakland & Washtenaw Counties.  734-420-8175 or email us at northvilleclasses@yahoo.com 

Codependents Anonymous: Visit www.codependents.org for a meeting close to you or more information about CoDA.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Support: WASHHH is a chapter of the National Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH). WASHHH meets once a month, usually on the first Monday of every month at 7:00pm at the Turner Senior Resource Center Campbell Room, 2401 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor. For more information visit www.mi-shhh.org.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance: Peer-led support groups. 7:00-9:00PM 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at the St. Joseph Hospital Senior Health Bldg., Room 1335. Contact Brooks, 734-686-8414 or visit www.dbsa-metrodetroit.org or www.dbsalliance.org.

Depression Recovery Support Group: This member-led group meets once a week on Thursday evenings 6:30-8:00pm. The meeting place is a church in SW Ann Arbor. The only fee for the participants will be collected by the group to cover the cost of the rental of the meeting room. Contact Hugh at (734) 330-0355 or networker@mhweb.org for more information.

Depression Support Groups: Bi-weekly support groups for people with depression and bipolar illness and their families. There are three separate groups, one for adults, one for teens/young adults and one for families. No preregistration is required and there is no charge for attending. Groups meet at the offices of the U of M Depression Center, 4250 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor. For more information, visit www.depressioncenter.org

Divorce Support Groups: Self-help meetings for separated, or divorced persons in Michigan. Visit www.divorcesource.com/groups/michigan.shtml

Domestic Violence Survivors: For further information, call the Domestic Violence Project's crisis line at (734) 995-5444 or visit www.safehousecenter.org.

Fathers & Children, National Congress of:
Self-help group for the rights of children of divorce to have equal access/parenting from both parents. Call the national office at (800) SEE-DADS or visit www.ncfcnh.org/ for a meeting time/location.  

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender National Help Center
A non-profit, tax-exempt organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity. Visit www.glnh.org for more information.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Support Groups:
Social, nonpolitical, confidential support and discussion organization for college students, professionals & community members.  (734) 763-4186. Visit www.wrap-up.org/ for more information about meetings and resources in Washtenaw County.

Gays & Lesbians, Friends, Parents & Family Support Group (PFLAG): For meeting times and locations, visit www.pflag.org.

Grandparents As Parents Support Group: Support group providing free services for grandparents and relatives providing kinship care. First Tues: 10-11:30 1015 N. Congress St. Second and Fourth Tues: 10- 12:00 pm, First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street, Chelsea. First and Third Wed 6-8:00 pm (childcare provided) 5361 McAuley Dr, Ypsilanti. Contact (734) 712-3625 for more information.

Grief Support Groups: Hospices almost always have support groups for families and individuals. For a list of Hospices in Michigan, visit www.mihospice.org

Grief Support Groups at Arbor Hospice (Contact Arbor Hospice, 734-662-5999 x177 or visit www.arborhospice.org/services/grief.html) for actual day/time of groups:

Grief Support Group (Compassionate Friends): Self-help group for parents whose child has died. For more information, visit www.compassionatefriends.org.

Herpes Support Group:
  Website:  www.annarborhelp.org For information about the National Herpes Resource Center, visit www.ashastd.org/hrc/index.html

HIV/AIDS Partnership Michigan: Call AIDS Partnership, 800-872-AIDS or visit www.aidspartnership.org for up-to-date support meeting times and locations.

Infertility Support Group (Resolve of Michigan): Peer-led groups providing people with opportunities to meet others who are experiencing infertility, form friendships, build a support system, and gather information and knowledge. These are non-professional led, informal disucssion groups. For information, visit http://greatlakes.resolve.org/.

Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan:
Education & information group for parents & professionals & support groups for parents. For more information, contact 888-597-7809 or visit www.ldaofmichigan.org/.  

Mental Illness Support Groups:
Support group for adults and children. 7:30-9:00PM on the 4th Wednesday/month, St. Clare/Temple Beth Emeth Building, 2309 Packard, Ann Arbor. 734-994-6611. For a full meeting schedule, contact (734) 994-6611 or visit www.namiwc.org for more information.

Mindful Moms Support Group: Make friends, build skills with swaddling and soothing tips, self-care and mood booster strategies. Meets each Wednesday from 4:30-5:30pm at the UM Briarwood Center for Women, Children and Young Adults, 400 East Eisenhower Parkway, Bldg. 2, Site B. Register and learn more by contacting Lisa at Lfattori@med.umich.edu or (734) 232-2600. Breastfeeding support & lactation consultant available on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Miscarriage & Newborn Loss Support Group: Monthly support meetings, parent to parent program. For more information, contact (734) 973-1014 or visit www.lamazeaa.org/.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Washtenaw County Chapter, (517) 487-6233; State Office, (248) 528-1745. Visit www.madd.org for national and local information.

Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting days, times & locations in Washtenaw County, click here.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Four different support groups for those with mental illness and their loved ones. We meet at one place at one time so the whole family can attend. All groups meet 7:00-8:30 PM on the 3rd Wednesday each month at 2309 Packard St., Ann Arbor, MI (Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare’s Episcopal Church). NAMI has no religious affiliation. See full detail at www.namiwc.org. Contact us at  (734) 994-6611 or  office@namiwc.org.

National Association for the Physically Handicapped (NAPH):  A support group for people with physical disabilities focusing on improving the social, economic & physical welfare of all the physically handicapped. For more information, visit www.naph.net

Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder Support Groups:
  Visit www.ocfoundation.org for information about statewide and nationwide programs.

Parents of Children with Any Disability: Contact Family Support Network of Michigan, 800-359-3722 or visit www.projectfindmichigan.org.

Parents of Murdered Children Support Groups
: Visit www.pomc.com/metrodetroit/index.html for meeting locations and times.

People Who Hear Voices or Have Unusual Beliefs Support Group:
Share acceptance and understanding with others and learn about the "meaning of voices" approach and other ways of coping developed "for us, by us" in the recovery community. Meets Tuesdays, 4-5pm at the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor. For more information go to www.hearingvoicesusa.org or email rebecca.hatton1@gmail.com.

Post Adoption Support Group:
6:30-8:00pm on the 1st Wednesday of the month, Catholic Social Services, 4925 Packard Road, Ann Arbor. Non-fee; donations of up to $5 appreciated. Contact Ellie Falit, (734) 971-9781 x322.

Postpartum Depression Support Group: Babies, partners & family members are all weldome. For more information call (734) 418-2683 or visit www.ppd-annarbor.org

Postpartum Depression Support Groups: For meeting locations and times in the U.S., visit www.postpartum.net.

Recovery  International: This self-help program offers its members a method to regain and maintain their mental health. Our members include people diagnosed with mood disorders including depression, dysthymia and bipolar (manic-depressive) disorders; psychotic disorders including schizophrenia; anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders; and personality disorders. Our program is designed to work in conjunction with professional mental health services. Meetings at 730pm Mondays at Kings of Kings Church, 2685 Packard Road, Ann Arbor. Contact Shailesh S. (734) 276-6882 before coming.  Donations are requested but not required.  Recovery, International is peer led organization. Visit http://www.lowselfhelpsystems.org/  for meeting times & locations in Michigan and thorougout the US. 

Relatives of Family Members with a Mental Illness: Support group for adults and children. 7:30-9:00PM on the 4th Wednesday/month, St. Clare/Temple Beth Emeth Building, 2309 Packard, Ann Arbor. 734-994-6611. Visit www.namiwc.org for more information.

Secular Organization for Sobriety:
Self help group for people who have a drinking or drug problem; not a spiritual group. Visit www.cfiwest.org/sos/asp/find.asp for up-to-date meeting locations and times for Michigan.

Sexual Assault Survivors Drop-In Support: For further information, call the Domestic Violence Project's crisis line at (734) 995-5444 or visit www.safehousecenter.org.

Sexual Assault Survivors Friends & Family Support Group:
For further information, call the Domestic Violence Project's crisis line at (734) 995-5444 or visit www.safehousecenter.org.

Smart Recovery:
An alternative to AA & NA meetings. Visit  www.smartrecovery.org for general information and for how to find meetings in Michigan.

Smokefree.gov: A website created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute offers an online step-by-step cessation guide, local and state telephone quitlines, NCI's national telephone quitline, NCI's instant messaging service and publications, which may be downloaded, printed, or ordered. Visit: smokefree.gov

Smoking Cessation:
State of Michigan Tobacco Quitline- Free nicotine patches, gum and lozenges are offered by the Michigan Department of Community Health for tobacco users who enroll in free cessation services through the Michigan Tobacco Quitline. The tobacco quitline can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-784-8669. The quit program also provides personal coaches to help develop individualized quit plans. The coaches provide ongoing support with up to five telephone sessions around the caller's quit date. Spanish-speaking coaches are available. The program is available to all callers 18 and older, regardless of income or insurance status. Website: www.michigan.gov/tobacco

Stop Smoking (Freshstart):
American Cancer Society. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 for information on services or visit www.cancer.org for more infomation.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance: Tomorrow's Child/Michigan Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the lives of newborns and healing families, one day at a time. and is a resource for grief support, risk reduction, and community education, leading the effort to provide information and assistance to families and the medical community. Call 800-331-7437 or visit www.tomorrowschildmi.org for more information.

Survivors of Sexual Assault Support Group: This free and confidential group is for ages 17 and above. The group meets Mondays from 5:30 - 7:00 at SafeHouse Center.  The address is 4100 Clark Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. The contact person for the group is Amy Marzulla at 734-973-0242, ext. 290 or amymarz@safehousecenter.org.

Survivors of Suicide Support Groups: Visit www.survivorsofsuicide.com for more information.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS):
Helps overweight persons attain and maintain their goal weights. Promotes a sensible approach to weight control. Discussion & programs to provide support & motivation. Visit www.tops.org for meeting locations & times in Dexter, Milan, Pinckeny, South Lyon, Saline, Whitmore Lake & Ypsilanti.

Tourette Syndrome Association:  Self-help group for families with tourette syndrome and associated disabilities such as attention deficit disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder.  Contact the Michigan Chapter at (248) 641-8725 for more information about local resources. Visit www.tsa-usa.org/ for information about the national organization.

Widow(ers) Support Group: Hospices typically have support groups for widows(ers); visit the Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization at www.mihospice.org/to find a hospice near you.

Women for Sobriety:
a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions through face-to-face and online chat groups. Visit www.womenforsobriety.org for more infomation.

Workaholics Anonymous:
The website of W.A., www.workaholics-anonymous.org, includes information on program literature, W.A. meetings, the W.A. Book of Recovery, conferences and newsletters, and how to contact the organization.

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