If you have a mental illness, or support someone who does, I recommend the following free support groups. These support groups can be very helpful for people with a mental illness, in conjunction with physician care and/or therapy.

In-person peer led support groups (in the U.S.):  National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

Online support forums: PsychCentral’s Mental Health support forums at

You are never alone in your mental illness. There are many people who understand the pain and challenges.

If ever you feel you may be a possible harm to yourself or to others, please seek help immediately by telling others, contacting your doctor, and/or going to the emergency room at your nearby hospital (or call 911). They are there to help. I, personally, have also received great support from calling a suicide hotline in the past. In the U.S., you can reach The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

I know that many other countries offer free peer-led support, as well. If you live outside the United States and would like to share the names of reputable in-person free peer-led support groups or suicide hotlines, please feel free to do so in a comment below. Don’t forget to mention your country name.


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