Finding or Forming Support Groups June 22, 2006 6:12 PM
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Our NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse provides descriptions and contacts for over 4,500 local NJ support groups, and over 1,100 national and online support networks for any illness, disability, addiction, bereavement situation, parenting, caregiver concern, abuse, or other stressful life situation. Also we can refer callers to any of the over 100 individuals who are currently seeking others to start needed new support groups throughout NJ. We provide free help and "how-to" materials to anyone interested in starting a new group. Over the last 25 years, we have helped over a thousand individuals to start needed new self-help support groups in NJ. For help in simply finding a group or possibly forming one, from anywhere in NJ, just call us at 1-800-367-6274 or 1-800-FOR-M.A.S.H. (Mutual Aid Self-Help). The 21st Edition of our Self-Help Group Directory: Your Guide to Local New Jersey, National, and Online Groups was published in April (copies are available in the reference sections of many NJ public libraries).
Take care & hope, - Ed
"Mutual help groups are a powerful and constructive means for people to help themselves and each other. The basic dignity of each human being is expressed in his or her capacity to be involved in a reciprocal helping exchange. Out of this compassion comes cooperation. From this cooperation comes community."
- Phyllis Silverman, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, in The Self-Help Sourcebook, 6th Edition, 1998.