Support Groups by County in Southeastern Pennsylvania

This page provides information about support groups for family members and for individuals living with mental illness in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Although we make an effort to keep this information up-to-date, we strongly encourage you call or email the contact listed prior to attending a group to verify the date, time, and location of the meeting.

NAMI, WRAP, and DBSA are three of the most common support groups. NAMI support groups are sponsored by one of the local affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and can be for either family and friends or individuals with mental illness. WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plans) meetings are for people who have a WRAP or those who would like to develop a WRAP. A Wellness Recovery Action Plan is a way to plan out and monitor what you need to do to stay both mentally and physically healthy. DBSA groups are sponsored by one of the local chapters of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and are available for family and friends as well as individuals with depression or bipolar disorder.

Chester County

Family Member Support Groups

  • Northeastern Chester County Family Support Group, sponsored by NAMI Chester County, meets on the second Thursday, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Penn Psychiatric Center, 601 Gay Street, Suite 6, in Phoenixville. For more information, please call 484-947-5643.
  • Parents Helping Parents, a support group for parents with children who have special needs, meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 5:30-7 p.m. (dinner provided) at Devereux Community Services, 1041 W. Bridge Street in Phoenixville. For more information, please call 610-933-8001, x2216 or email adannunz@devereux.org.
  • Southern Chester County Family Support Group, sponsored by NAMI Chester County, meets on the first Thursday of the month, from 7:30-9 p.m. at Friends Meeting House, Rt. 82, in Kennett Square. For more information, please call 484-947-5643.
  • Survivors of Suicide (S.O.S.) meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Willistown Room at Paoli Memorial Hospital. For more information, please call 215-545-2242.
  • West Chester Family Support Group, sponsored by NAMI Chester County, meets on the first Wednesday of the month, from 7-9 p.m. at Community Crossroads Peer Support Center, 825 Paoli Pike in West Chester. For more information, please call 484-947-5643.

Support Groups for Individuals with Mental Illness

  • Depression/Bipolar Support Group meets on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. at Community Crossroads Peer Support Center, 825 Paoli Pike in West Chester. For more information, please call 610-429-1702.
  • Double Trouble, a support group for those recovering from addiction and mental health problems, meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. at Community Crossroads Peer Support Center, 825 Paoli Pike in West Chester. For more information, please call 610-429-1702.
  • Eating Disorders Support Group for individuals aged 13 and older, family members, and supporters, meets every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Brandywine Hospital, 201 Reeceville Road in Coatesville. For more information, please go to brandywineeatingdisorders.com.
  • Transition Aged Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (TADBSA) support group meets on Tuesdays, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Crossroads Peer Support Center, 825 Paoli Pike in West Chester. This support group is led by and created for youth and young adults (ages 14 to 25) living with a mood disorder. Contact Adessa Washington for more information at 484-706-2110 or awashington@childandfamilyfocus.org.

Delaware County

 Family Member Support Groups

  • The Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group, sponsored by NAMI PA, Main Line, meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Bryn Mawr. If you have a family member or loved one with mental illness and are interested in this support group, please contact Susie Vernick at 610-649-5206 for more information.
  • DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) Delaware County meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Riddle Hospital/Rothman Building, 1118 Baltimore Pike in Media on the second floor in Conference Room 2. Please call 484-442-0086 for more information.
  • Family-to-Family Support Group, sponsored by NAMI Delaware County, meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Lima United Methodist Church, 209 N. Middletown Road (Rt. 352) in Lima, PA. Please contact the moderator, Jean Shatoff, with any questions at 610-325-9623.
  • Havertown NAMI Family Support Group, sponsored by NAMI PA, Main Line, meets on the third Tuesday of every month, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch (211 Lansdowne Rd. in Havertown, PA 19083).  This is a free, confidential and safe group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. In this support group, families join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges.  For more information, please contact Nora at nora@huntjohnson.org.
  • The Upper Darby NAMI Family Support Group is a free, confidential and safe group of families helping other families with a special emphasis for parents of youth and young adults ages 26 and younger struggling with mental health and substance abuse challenges, but all are welcome. In this support group, families join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health and substance abuse challenges. The group will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 7-8.00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Crossroads Community Church, 104 Heather Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082. The Upper Darby NAMI Family Support Group is co-facilitated by Michael and Jacqueline Harper. For more information, please contact Michael at michaeljosephharper@verizon.net.

 Support Groups for Individuals with Mental Illness

  • DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) Delaware County meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Riddle Hospital/Rothman Building, 1118 Baltimore Pike in Media on the second floor in Conference Room 2. Please call 484-442-0086 for more information.
  • Hearing Voices Support Group for Young People meets on Mondays, from 4:30-6 p.m. at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Avenue, in the Middleton Center, Room 203. For more information call Berta Britz at 484-681-9432.
  • Hearing Voices Support Group meets on Wednesdays, from 3:30-5 p.m. at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Avenue, in the Middleton Center, Room 203. For more information call Berta Britz at 484-681-9432.

Montgomery County

Family Member Support Groups

  • Abington Family Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Abington Presbyterian Church, 1082 Old York Road in Abington, PA 19001-4593. For more information about this group, please contact NAMI Montgomery County at 215-361-7784 or nami-montcopa@verizon.net.
  • The Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group, sponsored by NAMI PA, Main Line, meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Bryn Mawr. If you have a family member or loved one with mental illness and are interested in this support group, please contact Susie Vernick at 610-649-5206 for more information.
  • Crisis Planning for Parents meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, from 8:15 – 9 p.m. at Horsham Clinic – Manor Hall, First Floor Conference Room, 722 East Butler Pike in Ambler, PA 19002. This meeting time will include a discussion of elements of effective crisis planning for families, and the application of these elements. We will also talk about crisis supports available through the Children’s Crisis Support Program, and how families in Bucks and Montgomery Counties can access these The meeting is open to parents in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. For more information, please contact Eric Smith, Director of Children’s Crisis Support Program, at esmith@accessservices.org.
  • Hearing Voices Family Support Group. Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 7-8.30 p.m. at Horsham Friends Meeting, 500 Easton Rd, Horsham, PA 19044. For more information or to attend, please email tristaff@verizon.net or Klaws@mhasp.org
  • Lansdale Family Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Main Street and Richardson Ave. in Lansdale. For more information about this group, please contact NAMI Montgomery County at 215-361-7784 or nami-montcopa@verizon.net.
  • Lower Providence Family Support Group meets on the first Monday of the month, from 7-8 p.m. at Lower Providence Presbyterian Church, 3050 Ridge Pike in Eagleville. For more information about this group, please contact NAMI Montgomery County at 215-361-7784 or nami-montcopa@verizon.net.
  • Parent Support Group – Family Mentor meets Mondays 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Holcomb, 400 Creekside Dr, Pottstown, PA 19464. For more information contact Kizmect Meade at 267-559-9218.
  • Pottstown Family Support Group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Creative Health Services Building, Room IOP #3, 11 Robinson Street in Pottstown, PA 19464-5438. For more information about this group, please contact NAMI Montgomery County at 215-361-7784 or nami-montcopa@verizon.net.
  • Voices Learning Community meets the second Thursday of every month at Creating Increased Connections 18 E. 4th Street, Bridgeport, Pa 19405 from 6-7:30 p.m. The group welcomes all persons- voice hearers, providers, supporters, family, friends and allies- who have an interest in the experience of hearing, seeing or sensing things that others do not. For more information contact Berta Britz at 484-681-9432 ext 203.

Support Groups for Individuals with Mental Illness

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – (Teen Community Support Group) meets every other Thursday from 7-8 p.m. at Radnor House Condominium, L-10, 1030 East Lancaster Avenue in Rosemont. Act is a free coed support group for teens ages 15-18.  The aim of the group is to allow for open adolescent discussion.  It is not a substitute for therapy nor intended to be therapy.  The group is facilitated by Andrew J. D’Amico, PhD Psychologist.  It runs every other Thursday from 7-8.15 p.m. and accommodates 10 adolescents.  Attendance is voluntary and enrollment is open.  For more information or to register, go to andrewdamicophd.com.
  • Hearing Voices Support Group meets on Mondays, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Norristown at Norristown Friends Meeting (20 E. Jacoby Street) . Hearing Voices Support Groups are for people who experience auditory hallucinations, visions, or other unusual experiences. These groups are run by CIC (Creating Increased Connections). For more information call Berta Britz at 484-681-9432.
  • Hearing Voices Support Group for Young People meets on Mondays from 4:30-6:00p.m at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. 625 Montgomery Ave. in the Middleton Center, Room 203. For more information call Berta Britz at 484-681-9432.
  • Hearing Voices Support Group. This group meets Mondays 7:00-8:00p.m. in Giant Food Store 2nd floor meeting room. 315 York Rd, Willow Grove PA 19090. Contact Berta Britz at 484-681-9432 ext 203.
  • Hearing Voices Support Group for Young Adults meets on Tuesdays, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Braccia Building (2935 Byberry Road in Hatboro), 1st floor across from Dance Arts. Hearing Voices Support Groups are for people who experience auditory hallucinations, visions, or other unusual experiences. These groups are run by CIC (Creating Increased Connections). For more information call Berta Britz at 484-681-9432 ext 203.
  • Hearing Voices Support Group Lansdale. Meets at Lansdale Public Library on Tuesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. 301 Vine St, Lansdale 19446. Ph: Berta Britz at 484-681-9432 ext 203 for more information.
  • Hearing Voices Support Group meets on Wednesdays, from 3:30-5 p.m. at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Avenue, in the Middleton Center, Room 203. For more information call Berta Britz at 484-681-9432.
  • NAMI Connection, a peer run support group for individuals living with mental illness, meets on the first Monday of the month, from 6:15–8 p.m. at William James Memorial Library, 4051 Joshua Road in Lafayette Hill. For more information about this group, please contact NAMI Montgomery County at 215-361-7784 or nami-montcopa@verizon.net.
  • New Directions Bipolar Support Group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month 7:30-9:45 p.m.at Willow Grove Giant Supermarket. 315 York Rd, Willow Grove 19090. Day time meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 10-11.30 a.m. For more information about this group, please call 215-659-2366.
  • Peer Run Bipolar Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Pottstown Peer Resource Center, 249 E. High Street in Pottstown.
  • WRAP meets on Wednesdays from 6–7:30 p.m. in Norristown at Hopeworx, 1210 Stanbridge, Suite 300. For more information call Robert Martin at 484-681-9432.
  • WRAP meets on Wednesdays from 1:30–3 p.m. in Lansdale at Public Library, 301 Vine Street in Lansdale. For more information call Robert Martin at 484-681-9432.
  • WRAP meets on Mondays from noon-1:30 p.m. at Ludington Library in Lower Merion. WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plans) meetings are for people who have a WRAP or those who would like to develop a WRAP. A Wellness Recovery Action Plan is a way to plan out and monitor what you need to do to stay both mentally and physically healthy. These groups are run by CIC (Creating Increased Connections). For more information call David Son at 484-681-9432. Lansdale location meets on Wednesdays from 1.30-3pm at Lansdale Public Library. 301 Vine Street, Lansdale PA 19446.

Philadelphia County

Family Member Support Groups

  • DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) Northeast Philadelphia (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) meets every Wednesday, from 5:45–7:45 p.m. at PATH, 8220 Castor Ave., Philadelphia, 19152. Family members and individuals with mental illness typically meet at the same time in different groups. Email Caryn Kuhner at kuhner@gmail.com or call her at 267-343-7558 for more information.
  • DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) HUP Support Group (Hospital of the U of PA) meets every second and fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Please contact Denis and Fran Hazam at FHazam@mhasp.org or 215-545-0403 for more information. Meets First Floor of Founders Building of the McCurdy Conference Room. You can get directions at the main desk on the ground floor.
  • Educational Support Group for Family and Friends of Persons with Hoarding Behaviors, meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Belmont Hospital, 4200 Monument Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19131. There will be a focused discussion followed by a support group. Free for everyone. Registration is preferred but not required. To register or for more information, please contact 267-507-3865 or TECinfo@mhasp.org.
  • Educational Support Group for Adult Daughters, Sons and Siblings of People with Mental Health Disorders meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at Belmont Center, 4200 Monument Road (Room 139), Philadelphia PA 19131. There will be a focused discussion followed by a support group. Free for everyone. Registration is preferred but not required. To register or for more information, please contact 267-507-3865 or TECinfo@mhasp.org.
  • Educational Support Group for Family Members & Friends of People with Traits of Borderline Personality Disorder meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Belmont Center, 4200 Monument Road (Room 139), Philadelphia PA 19131. There will be a focused discussion followed by a support group. Free for everyone. To register or for more information, please contact 267-507-3865 or TECinfo@mhasp.org.
  • Morning Family and Friends Support Group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. – noon at 1211 Chestnut Street (11th Floor Conference Room), Philadelphia, PA 19107. This is a group sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP). The group consists of a discussion topic followed by a support group. Registration is preferred but not required. Free for everyone. To register or for more information, please contact 267-507-3865 or TECinfo@mhasp.org.
  • NAMI Philadelphia offers a Family Support Group Program on the second Saturday of the month. It will be held from 10.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. at Trinity Memorial Church 22nd and Spruce Street, Philadelphia. For more information, contact NAMI Philadelphia Facilitators Lynn Czarniecki Ph: 908-217-6365 Revlynn22@gmail.com, Vicki Hunt Ph: 321-961-9064 Lovn_hart@hotmail.com.

Support Groups for Individuals with Mental Illness

  • Borderline Personality Disorder Group meets twice a month at Belmont Center in Philadelphia. For more info contact Talya (ta-LEE-uh) Lewis at bpdsupport@comcast.net or (267) 357-5565.
  • DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) Northeast Philadelphia (formerly Friends for Friends) meets every Wednesday, from 5:45–7:45 p.m. at PATH, 8220 Castor Ave., Philadelphia, 19152. Family members and individuals with mental illness typically meet at the same time in different groups. Email Caryn Kuhner at kuhner@gmail.com or call her at 267-343-7558 for more information.
  • DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) HUP Support Group (Hospital of the U of PA) meets every second and fourth Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Please contact Denis and Fran Hazam at FHazam@mhasp.org or 215-545-0407 for more information.
  • NAMI Connections is a recovery support program that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. It is run by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11a.m. and last for 90 minutes. Meetings are held at the NAMI Philadelphia office- 520 North Delaware Ave, 7th Fl, Philadelphia, PA19123. Ph: 267-687-4381 or email Carly Banes at cbanes@pmhcc.org.
  • Pink & Blues Philadelphia is a free peer-run recovery & wellness support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults living with mental health conditions. The group meets every Wednesday, from 7-9 p.m. at The Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany Blue Room, 330 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Contact Mark A. Davis at 215-627-0424 or madpride@ymail.com.

Local Online Support Group

  • Free Online Support Group for Parents with Mental Health Challenges meets every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  This is an opportunity for parents with psychiatric disabilities to connect with other parents and enjoy a community of support.  Topics of discussion may include parenting, stigma, recovery, peer support, wellness resources, health care reform, etc.  To join the support group, call 888-601-3515 or go to www.uberconference.com/childandfamily.  Please contact Child and Family Connections with questions at 267-368-7772 or info@childfamilyconnections.org.

For additional online support groups, please visit our Resource Guide.

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