Mental Health Consumers
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International. 175 groups. Founded 1985. Organized and run by people with a schizophrenia-related disorders. Offers support, fellowship and information. Focuses on recovery, using a 6-step program to augment professional treatment. Weekly meetings and e-newsletters. Provides assistance in starting and maintaining groups.
P.O. Box 941222
Houston, TX 77094-8222
Voice: 240-423-9432 or toll-free 1-866-800-5199
National. 160 groups. Founded 2007. Provides weekly recovery support groups for consumers living with mental illness where members learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies and offer each other encouragement and understanding. Helps anyone interested in starting a group.
Resource (BILINGUAL) Provides a list of 'consumer-run statewide organizations' (click on it on left side of their website), which can be contacted for information on local consumer-run support groups and programs in your state. Also provides information and referral helpline, as well as literature, books, DVDs, lectures workshops, and other resources. NEC's mission is 'to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people with lived experiences with mental health issues, trauma and extreme states.'
National Empowernent Center
599 Canal St.
Lawrence, MA 01840
Model Group. Approximately a hundred groups in Oregon. Founded 2005. A peer support group based on the 12-steps, which has an additional 5-Steps that focus upon Dual Recovery (from both mental illness and substance abuse). DDA groups are primarily in Oregon. Email or phone for information on some DDA groups outside Oregon, or for free help in starting a new group, click on 'Printable Material' to see handouts, which includes information on facilitating and running a DDA group.
PO Box 2883
Portland, OR 97208
Online. A forum for the mutual support of individuals who struggle with Depersonalization Disorder. Individuals with this disorder struggle with alienation from surroundings (de-realization), lack of ownership of feeling, feelings of automation, lack of agency, not feeling in charge, disembodiment feeling, perceptual distortions of the body, heightened self observation, emotional numbing, anomalies in subjective recall, visual distortions, mind emptiness/no thoughts/thousand mile stare, impaired Spatial-Temporal Resoning (changes in experience of time; in sense of duration; to perspective of time/temporal disintegration).