View Full Version : NJ's many Community Support Groups

04-26-2011, 07:13 PM
If you, a loved one, friend, neighbor, or co-worker is ever facing any stressful life problem (any specific illness, disability, addiction, loss of a loved one, difficult parenting situation, caregiver concern, abuse experience, etc.), these local, no-fee community support groups that can be especially helpful. In these groups, you can finally talk with, and learn from, others "in the same boat" who therefore truly understand what you're going through. When you hear how others cope with similar problems, and what has proven especially helpful to them, it can turn what you previously viewed as a pretty hopeless situation, into one where you often suddenly discover you do indeed have different options & resources that you didn't know were available to you before.

In addition, the self-help (i.e., member-run) support groups are also often darn helpful when if you're trying to find out who are the best professionals or counseling services around for the issue your facing. To see what types of community support groups that are meeting in your NJ county, just click on your county here at this listing:

Would you like to see the groups available for specific issues or populations, then click on what interests on this listing:

The non-profit NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse ( www.NJgroups.org ) can provide you with descriptions, meeting locations & phone contacts for over 6,750 NJ support groups, and and an additional 1,100 national, online, & model peer support networks.

In addition to helping people FIND support groups to meet their individual needs, the Clearinghouse also helps those interested in joining with others to START most any needed new peer support group by providing them with free how-to literature, phone consultation, networking support and contacts. Just phone the Clearinghouse toll-free from anywhere in NJ at 1-800-367-6274, or 1-800-FOR- M.A.S.H. (Mutual Aid Self-Help), or 973-989-1122 from outside NJ.

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:
'What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.' "
- C.S. Lewis

12-26-2011, 08:13 PM
Thanks for your posts here and at Penn Jersey forums. :)