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New Hampshire

  • NAMI NH Upper Valley Support Group, Donna Stamper, 603-863-2621 or Marjorie Matthews, 603-277-9298
    • Meeting Times: 2nd Monday of each month, 5:45 to 7:45 pm
    • Location: Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Auditorium B (may vary, please check main entrance info desk to confirm)
    • Email contact: Donna Stamper, dstamp4@comcast.net; MarjorieMatthews@me.com
    • Groups are led by a trained volunteer facilitator who is a family member. Through affiliates around the state, NAMI NH offers supports groups to family members and parents who have a loved one with mental illness. (Note: This resource guide is the project of a few members of the Lebanon support group.)
  • NAMI NH Claremont Support Group, Pat Whitney, 603-763-5054 or Jean Fahey, 603-542-0895
    • Meeting Times: 1st Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
    • Location: Buckley Conference Room, Valley Regional Hospital, Claremont, NH
    • Groups are led by a trained volunteer facilitator who is a family member. Through affiliates around the state, NAMI NH offers supports groups to family members and parents who have a loved one with mental illness.
  • Hearts & Minds
    • The NAMI Hearts & Minds program is an online, interactive, educational initiative promoting the idea of wellness in both mind and body.
  • NH Peer Support Agencies (PSAs)
    • Stepping Stone, 603-543-1388
      • Location: Pleasant Street, Claremont, NH 03743
    • Next Step, 603-448-6941
      • Location: 109 Bank Street, Lebanon, NH 03766
    • Peer Support Agencies provide services to people with mental illness who are 18 years of age or older and self-identify as a recipient, former recipient or as at significant risk of becoming a recipient of publicly funded mental health services. The services are provided by and for people with mental illness and are designed to assist people with their recovery. They provide a wide range of services and are private, nonprofit agencies that have contracted with the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Behavioral Health.
  • Turning Point and Wit's End
    • 200 Olcott Drive, White River Junction, Vermont 05001, 802-295-5206
    • The Upper Valley Turning Point is a community center for people in recovery from addiction and addictive behavior. Located off Route 5 at the Wilder/Norwich border in eastern-central Vermont, the Turning Point provides a safe, substance-free environment populated by people in recovery who offer peer support seven days a week at no cost to the consumer. Wit’s End is for family members challenged by the substance abuse, addiction or addictive behavior of an adolescent or young adult. Making Change is a facilitated support group for high school-aged young people who are considering, or are committed to, recovery from alcohol or other drug dependency.
  • FASTER: A NEW SUPPORT GROUP
    • 44 Roberts Rd., Canaan, NH; Elena (603) 359-3321 or Doris (603) 306-6574
    • F.A.S.T.E.R. is a peer support group for parents of children, teens, and young adults with substance use issues. Group is held every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Group is free, confidential, comprised of peers, respectful of others' views, accepting of chemical dependency as a treatable disease of the brain, and always hopeful. Walk-Ins Welcome! Open to all Upper Valley residents.
  • New Support Group for Combat Service Veterans, Lisa Currier at (802) 674-5853 or Amy Tibbetts at (802)306-1672, email invisiblewounds01@gmail.com
    • White River Junction Vet Center, 222 Holiday Drive, Gilman Office Building 2
    • A new support group for family members of combat service veterans beginning April 14, 2015, from 6:30 to 8 pm. The free meetings will continue on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Participants will share their concerns, comfort one another and learning coping skills to ease the effects of PTSD.
  • Parent to Parent of New Hampshire, 800-698-LINK (5465), 603-448-6393
    • Location of PathWays of the River Valley Support Group: 12 Flynn Street, Lebanon, NH 03766
    • Coordinator: Philip Eller, region2@parenttoparentnh.org
    • This organization provides references and support to parents of children with special needs. Among its other services, Parent to Parent will connect you with other parents who are handling the same issues and disorders that you are.
  • Special Needs Support Center, 800-698-5465
    • Location: 12 Flynn Street, Lebanon, NH 03766, 603-448-6311
    • The Special Needs Support Center (SNSC) is a grassroots family organization for parents of children with special needs. Since 1979 SNSC programs have supported families in many ways - emotional support through caring staff members and connections with other parents, peer support groups, educational workshops for parents and professionals, educational advocacy, Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe, Connections, Medical Buddies, the Nathan Hall Library, Parent to Parent, Partners in Health, Happenings events, and our quarterly newsletter.
  • NH Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Groups, Becky McEnany, 603-225-5359
    • Email: bmcenany@naminh.org
    • There are many support groups across New Hampshire for those who have lost a family member or friend to suicide. Some groups are peer-facilitated and others are led by professional counselors, all are comprised of fellow survivors who can offer great comfort through conversation and discussion of issues unique to bereavement of suicide. There are also general grief support groups for both adults and children that are not specific to suicide but address issues of grief and loss. Internet support groups offer another option for people who live in rural areas or prefer tapping into support from home or at different hours.
  • Compassionate Friends of the Upper Valley, Norwich, VT
    • Lisa Olney, (603) 353-9240, tcfuppervalley@gmail.com
    • When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Norwich Public Library.
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center, Lebanon, NH
    • Jeanne Childs, (603) 653-3461, Rita.J.Childs@hitchcock.org
    • The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center offers one-on-one bereavement support, periodic eight-week support groups, a lending library and assistance finding ongoing bereavement support in the Upper Valley
  • Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice, New London, NH
    • Hospice Bereavement & Volunteer Coordinator, (603) 526-4077, ddumond@lakesunapeevna.org
    • Lake Sunapee VNA provides "New Hope Journeys: Grief & Bereavement Services" for 14 months. These services include person-to-person visits, phone calls, time-sensitive mailings & literature, a lending library, support groups and referral support. Support groups are open to all people grieving a death.
  • Upper Valley Survivors of Suicide, Lebanon, NH
    • Michael Whitman, (603) 795-4435, or Mary-Anne Johnson, (802) 484-7719
    • This support group is for those who have lost a family member, relative or friend to suicide. The Upper Valley Survivors of Suicide meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at DHMC.
  • Family Resource Connection, 800-298-4321
    • Location: NH State Library, 20 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301
    • A service of the NH state library that provides a wide range of information and a statewide calendar of events.
  • Food Addicts Anonymous, 603-469-3101
    • Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm
    • Location: Friends Meeting House, 43 Lebanon St., Hanover
    • Support for people who have trouble controlling their eating.
  • Overeaters Anonymous
    • Meeting Times: Sundays, 3 pm
    • Location: Grace River Church, 56 Main St., Claremont
    • Contact: 603-543-1192, Meredith
  • Overeaters Anonymous
    • Meeting Times: Sundays, 5:30-6:30 pm
    • Location: Conf. Rm. 2B at DHMC, Lebanon
    • Contact: greenmandyr@gmail.com, Mandy
  • Overeaters Anonymous
    • Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 5:30 pm
    • Location: Methodist Church, 18 School St., Lebanon
    • Contact: 603-526-4406, Jean
  • Overeaters Anonymous
    • Meeting Times: Saturdays, 11 am
    • Location: Conf. Rm. 2B at DHMC, Lebanon
    • Contact: 603-298-6719, Hilary
  • Women for Sobriety
    • Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 5:30-7 pm
    • Location: WISE Program Center, 38 Bank St., Lebanon, NH
    • Contact: 603-448-5922

Vermont

  • NAMI VT White River Junction Support Group, Rose Clark-Hewes, 802-763-8030
    • Meeting Day and Time: Last Monday of each month, 5:45 pm
    • Location: VA Medical Center, William Yasinski Building, White River Junction
    • Groups are led by a trained volunteer facilitator who is a family member. Through affiliates around the state, NAMI VT offers supports groups to family members and parents who have a loved one with mental illness.
  • NAMI VT Springfield Support Group, Clare Munat, 802-824-3909
    • Meeting Day and Time: Third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm
    • Location: HCRS building, 390 River St., North Springfield
    • Groups are led by a trained volunteer facilitator who is a family member. Through affiliates around the state, NAMI VT offers supports groups to family members and parents who have a loved one with mental illness.
  • NAMI VT, 802-244-1396
    • NAMI VT Helpline for Mental Health Information and Resources: 800-639-6480
    • Location: 162 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676-1519
    • NAMI Vermont is a grassroots volunteer organization of individuals who have joined together to accomplish the following goals: Provide SUPPORT to families and individuals coping with the problems presented by mental illness; EDUCATE the public and our members about severe mental illness so that perceptions change and stigma is eliminated; ADVOCATE for a system of adequate care in every community.
  • Vermont Support Line, (888) 604-6412
    • The Vermont Support line is a free, anonymous resource for all Vermonters who are looking for someone to talk to. The Support Line is staffed by individuals who acknowledge that they have experienced a broad range of struggles of their own and are willing to be open about them.​ The line is available from 3 to 11 pm 7 days a week. You might call the Support Line after a bad day at work, or a fight with a friend. You might call when you are thinking about making some major changes in your life, but aren't quite ready to have a discussion with those around you. You might call when you are feeling alone and really just want to talk with someone who care about how your day went. You can call the Support Line for any of these reasons or for any other reason you might want. We are here to listen.
  • Turning Point and Wit's End
    • 200 Olcott Drive, White River Junction, Vermont 05001, 802-295-5206
    • The Upper Valley Turning Point is a community center for people in recovery from addiction and addictive behavior. Located off Route 5 at the Wilder/Norwich border in eastern-central Vermont, the Turning Point provides a safe, substance-free environment populated by people in recovery who offer peer support seven days a week at no cost to the consumer. Wit’s End is for family members challenged by the substance abuse, addiction or addictive behavior of an adolescent or young adult. Making Change is a facilitated support group for high school-aged young people who are considering, or are committed to, recovery from alcohol or other drug dependency.
  • Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, 800-564-2106
    • Meets every Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 pm
    • Location: Windsor Support Group, Windsor Resource Center, 1 Railroad Avenue, Windsor, VT
    • VPS is a statewide peer-run organization with a focus on support, education and advocacy. It sponsors the start-up of peer support groups all over the state.
  • Vermont Vet to Vet, 802-485-4534
    • Vermont Vet-to-Vet is a veteran based organization which provides peer support recovery services to all veterans, including those veterans who are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. We strive to provide a safe, respectful, and confidential peer based environment where veterans can discuss the challenges they are currently facing with other veterans who have experienced the same or similar challenges. It is essential for veterans to be able to safely and confidentially talk about these issues. These topics may include, but are not limited to, challenges related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, family issues, bi-polar, and many other disorders and reoccurring illnesses.
  • The Wellness Coop, 802-448-1341, 888-492-8218 x 300
    • The Wellness Co-op is a community center for young adults in Chittenden County. Open to all adults, The Wellness Co-op seeks to provide a healthy space that fosters a diverse community, pulling from the assortment of unique and valuable young adults that populate Chittenden County. The center has an optimistic and contagious energy that promotes a friendly, accepting and fun environment. Our experienced peer staff work to provided support to – and challenge the stigma experienced by - those of us who live with trauma, mental health and emotional wellness issues. We are here to extend support, hope, and respect to all those who want it.
  • Vermont Brain Injury Association, 877-856-1772
    • The Brain Injury Association of Vermont Support Groups offer survivors and family members, caregivers, friends and the community a place to come and receive valuable resources and information about brain injury.
  • Another Way Vermont
    • Another Way is a Community Center in Montpelier, Vermont. Our primary mission is to cater to the needs of psychiatric survivors; people who’ve been diagnosed or labeled as mentally ill, received mental health services or were subjected to psychiatric intervention. At Another Way you will find opportunities to explore holistic health, well-being, and creative expression. In addition, Another Way is a place to just come and hang out! Through the combined efforts of our community and staff, we are able to provide advocacy, outreach, information, referrals, crisis intervention, access to housing resources, peer support, supported employment, and educational opportunities.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous in Vermont, Hot Line: 802-295-7611
    • More than 30 AA meetings are held each week in the following towns: Bradford, Fairlee, Hartland, Norwich, Randolph, Sharon, South Royalton, Taftsville, Thetford, Tunbridge, White River Junction, Wilder, Windsor, Woodstock.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in Vermont
    • Sunday Meetings: Wilder (Turning Point, 200 Olcott), 11 am; Randolph (Bethany Church, Main St.), 7 pm; Tunbridge (Community Church, 6 Wolfe Dr), 7 pm; Fairlee (White Church, Town Common Rd.), 7:30 pm; White River Junction (Methodist Church, Gates St.), 7:30 pm
    • Monday Meetings: Wilder (Turning Point, 200 Olcott), 12 noon; Randolph (St. John's Epis. Church, 15 Summer St.), 7 pm; Woodstock (North Universalist Chapel Soc, 7 Church St.), 7 pm; Hartland Three Corners (Community Brick Church, Rte. 5), 8 pm; Norwich (St. Barnabas Epis. Church, Main St), 8 pm
    • Tuesday Meetings: Wilder (Turning Point, 200 Olcott), 12 noon; Wilder (Turning Point, 200 Olcott), Men's group, 5:30 pm; Woodstock (St. James Epis. Church), 12 noon; White River Junction (Methodist Church, Gates St.), 6:30 pm; Windsor (Trinity Church, 44 Main St), 7 pm; Randolph (United Church, Main St.), 7 pm; Thetford (Thetford Hill Congregational Church, rte. 113), 8 pm
    • Wednesday Meetings: Wilder (Turning Point, 200 Olcott), 12 noon; Randolph (United Church, Main St.), 7 pm; Woodstock (St. James Epis. Church), 7 pm; Wilder (Turning Point, 200 Olcott), 8:00 pm
    • Thursday Meetings: Norwich (Congregational Church), 12 noon; Wilder (Turning Point, 200 Olcott), 5:30 pm; White River Jct (VA Hospital, Research bldg rm 103A), 6 pm; Randolph (St. John's Epis Church, 15 Summer St.), 7 pm; Sharon (Congregational Church, Rte 132), 7 pm; Bradford (Bradford Senior Ctr, Rte 25), 8 pm; Windsor (Mt. Ascutney Hospital Cafeteria, Hosp Board Rm, Lower Level, County Rd), 8 pm
    • Friday Meetings: Wilder (Turning Point, 200 Olcott), 12 noon; Windsor (SE State Correctional Facility, 546 State Farm Rd), 7 pm; Woodstock (Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Rte 106 South), 7 pm; Thetford Hill (Congregational Church), 7:30 pm; South Royalton (United Church of Christ, on the green), 8 pm; Wilder (Turning Point, 200 Olcott), 8 pm
    • Saturday Meetings: Taftsville (Mennonite Church, Off Rte 4), 8:15 am; Norwich (Congregational Church), Women's Group, 9 am; White River Junction (Bev's House behind Haven), 12 noon; Randolph (Bethany Church), 6:30 pm; Windsor (Mt. Ascutney Hospital Cafeteria, Hosp Board Rm, Lower Level, County Rd), 8 pm