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Self-Help Clearinghouses Across the World

To find a local mutual aid support group for your concern, review the list of self-help clearinghouses below to see if there is one that serves your community. Self-help clearinghouses can provide you with information on local support groups, including groups not affiliated with any national self-help organization. In addition, many of the clearinghouses listed below provide consultation to help individuals develop needed new groups. Some provide training workshops, distribute "how to" materials, and publish directories and newsletters.

This list is arranged alphabetically within two categories:

U.S. SELF-HELP CLEARINGHOUSES

CALIFORNIA

Mental Health Association Founded 1946. Provides training & technical assistance to people starting new groups; collects data on existing groups; conducts community education about self-help; and identifies the need for new groups. Write: MHA, 9719 Lincoln Village Dr., Suite 407, Sacramento, CA 95827. Call 916-366-4600; Fax: 916-855-5448. Email: information@mha.org

Self-Help Connection (San Diego County) Provides information & referral to over 600 free or low cost support groups in San Diego County. Literature for persons who are interested in starting and maintaining support groups. Publishes yearly Directory. Write: Self-Help Connection, c/o Mental Health Assn., San Diego County, 2047 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104-1091. Call 619-543-0412; Fax: 619-543-0748. Website: http://www.mhasd.org E-mail: info@mhasd.org

SHARE! (Self-Help And Recovery Exchange) (Los Angeles) Provides information and referrals to self-help groups in Los Angeles county. Technical assistance for new and ongoing self-help group meetings. Provides meeting space for groups. Verification of self-help meeting attendance for court or other purposes. Director: Ruth Hollman. Write: SHARE!, 5521 Grosvenor Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066. Call 1-877-742-7349 or 310-305-8878 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm PT; 24 hour voice mail with information on the most requested groups). Website: http://www.shareselfhelp.org E-mail: ruth@shareselfhelp.org

Friends Are Good Medicine (Stanislaus County). Founded 1986. Provides information and referral to local self-help groups. Publishes a directory of local self-help groups, which is downloadable at www.co.stanislaus.ca.us (at bottom of Hotlinks on left, click on "Other Resources/Links", then under "Health & Human Services" click on "Friends Are Good Medicine"). Write: Friends Are Good Medicine, 800 Scenic Dr., Modesto, CA 95350. Call 209-525-6239; Fax 209-525-5361; Email chowlett@mail.co.stanislaus.ca.us

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Self-Help Support Network (Statewide) * Founded 1981. Information & referrals to support groups. Provides technical assistance in starting & maintaining groups. Group leadership training, educational workshops & conferences. Publishes directory of self-help groups, newsletter, and other publications. Write: Susan Zimmerman, LCSW, The Consultation Center, 389 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06511. Call: 203-624-6982; Fax: 203-562-6355. E-mail: info@theconsultationcenter.org (attention: self-help) Website: http://www.theconsultationcenter.org

HAWAII

United Self-Help Provides information and referrals to self-help groups. Assists persons in starting new groups. Write: United Self-Help, 2525 S. King St., Ste. 303, Honolulu, HI 96826. Call 1-866-866-4357 or 808-947-5558; Fax: 808-947-5002. E-mail: director@unitedselfhelp.org Website: http://www.unitedselfhelp.org

ILLINOIS

Self-Help Center (Champaign and surrounding Counties) Founded 1988. Information & referral to local support groups. Provides assistance in starting support groups, how-to materials, training workshops, directory, specialized group listings, newsletter, consultation to existing groups, & library of self-help literature. Guidelines available to help start support groups. Write: Self-Help Center, c/o Family Service, 405 S. State St., Champaign, IL 61820-5196. Call 217-352-0099; Fax: 217-352-9512; TDD: 217-352-0160; E-mail: selfhelp@prairienet.org Website: http://www.prairienet.org/selfhelp

KANSAS

Self-Help Network Provides information & referral to self-help groups. Offers technical assistance & consultation to existing groups or persons interested in starting groups. Community education, training workshops & conferences on self-help, and self-help group leader handbook. Publishes directory of groups. Conducts research. Write: Self-Help Network, Wichita State University, Box 34, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0034. Call 1-800-445-0116 (in KS) or 316-978-3843; Fax: 316-978-3593. E-mail: selfhelpnetwork@wichita.edu Website: http://www.selfhelpnetwork.wichita.edu

MICHIGAN

Riverwood Center For Self-Help Serves southwest Michigan/northern Indiana - Information & referrals to support groups. Networks individuals, groups, professionals & agencies. Provides community education. Assists new groups in starting. Facilitates group meetings. Training workshops. Directory. Write: Riverwood Center for Self-Help, P.O. Box 547, Benton Harbor, MI 49023-0547. Call 1-800-336-0341 (in MI) Website: http://www.riverwoodcenter.org

MISSOURI

St. Louis Self-Help Clearinghouse Founded 1947. Provides information & referral to all types of support groups in the St. Louis area. Helps interested persons to start support groups. Provides consultation and technical assistance to new and existing groups. Directory available. Write: St. Louis Self-Help Clearinghouse, c/o MHA of Greater St. Louis, 1905 S. Grand, St. Louis, MO 63104. Call: 314-773-1399; Fax: 314-773-5930; E-mail: mhagstl@aol.com Website: http://www.mhagstl.org

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Self-Help Information Services Founded 1964. * Provides information & referral to support groups. Offers assistance to new and existing groups. Acts as an answering service to groups. Presentations can be arranged for schools & other interested organizations. Write: Nebraska Self-Help Info. Svcs., Barbara Fox, 1601 Euclid Ave., Lincoln, NE 68502. Call 402-476-9668; Fax: 402-434-3972. E-mail: antlerscenter@yahoo.com

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Self-Help Clearinghouse Provides information & referrals to over 4500 self-help support groups statewide. Offers free assistance to new and existing groups. Various workshops, conferences offered. Publishes comprehensive directory of support groups. Write: New Jersey Self-Help Clearinghouse, 100 E. Hanover Ave., Suite 202, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927-2020. Call 1-800-367-6274 (in NJ) or 973-326-6789; Fax: 973-326-9467. E-mail: njshc@cybernex.net Website: http://www.njgroups.org

NEW YORK

New York City Self Help Center Information and referrals to support groups in the five boroughs (Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn). Assistance to new and developing groups. Write: NYC Self-Help Center, 850 7th Ave., Suite 1201, New York, NY 10019. Call 212-586-5770; Fax: 212-399-2475.

Westchester Self-Help Clearinghouse Founded 1979. A central resource for mutual support groups. Provides information and referral to mutual support groups in Westchester county. Assists in the formation of new groups. Provides community education and publishes a directory of self-help groups. Phone networks for newly widowed men and women and newly separated women. Director Lenore Rosenbaum MS. Write: Westchester Self-Help Clearinghouse, 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY, 10603. Call 914-761-0600 ext. 308; Fax 914-761-5859. E-mail: lrosenbaum@wjcs.com

Long Island Self-Help Clearinghouse Provides referrals to local support groups. Assistance to new and existing groups. Coordinator: Eileen Giannetti. Write: Long Island Self-Help Clearinghouse, c/o NY College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY Institute of Technology, Northern Blvd., Old Westbury, NY 11568. Call 516-626-1721. Fax: 516-686-7890; E-mail: egiannet@nyit.edu

National Self-Help Clearinghouse Founded 1976. Provides information and referral to self-help groups and regional self-help clearinghouses. Encourages and conducts training of professionals about self help. Carries out research activities. Publishes manuals and training materials. Write: National Self-Help Clearinghouse, c/o CUNY, Graduate School & University Ctr., 365 Fifth Ave., Suite 3300, New York, NY 10016. Call 212-817-1822. E-mail: info@selfhelpweb.org Website: http://www.selfhelpweb.org

Self-Help Resource Center (Broome County) Founded 1998. Information & referrals to local self-help groups. Maintains an updated database and publishes a directory of local self-help groups. Presents free consumer conferences designed to educate public about psychiatric diagnoses and self-help methods for symptom management. Presents ongoing workshop series which offers a variety of topics including: artistic expression, community involvement, leadership and wellness. Assistance provided to start support groups. Write: Self-Help Resource Center, c/o MHA, 82 Oak St., Binghamton, NY 13905. Call 607-771-8888; Fax: 607-771-8892. E-mail: lise.fiato@yourmha.com Website: http://www.yourmha.com

Self-Help Clearinghouse of Cattaraugus County Provides information & referral to local support groups in Cattaraugus County. Offers assistance in starting new groups. Provides assistance with utility payments, disaster funding and assistance (14 hrs), various health and safety training classes, monthly blood drives, and military emergency service (24 hrs). Write: Self-Help Clearinghouse of Cattaraugus County, c/o American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter, 452 N. Barry St., Olean, NY 14760-2612. Call 716-372-5800.

Mental Health Association of Monroe County * Provides information & referrals to local support groups. Assistance in starting new groups, training workshops, how-to materials. Consultation to existing groups, directory of local groups published online. Write: MHA, 339 East Ave., Suite 201, Rochester, NY 14604. Call Debra Sponable 585-325-3145 ext. 18 Fax: 585-325-3188. Website: http://www.mharochester.org

Niagara Self-Help Clearinghouse (Niagara County). Founded 1985. Information & referrals to local support groups. Provides technical assistance to new groups. Networks with other community resources. Helps with new group development and holds group leader training. Directory of self-help groups, mental health video/book library. Write: Niagara Self-Help Clearinghouse, c/o MHA in Niagara County, 36 Pine St., Lockport, NY 14094. Call 716-433-3780 ext 12; Fax: 716-433-3847. Website: http://www.mhanc.com

The Self-Help Clearinghouse (Rockland County) Founded 1951. Information and referral concerning self-help groups. Provides consultation and assistance to new groups that are forming. Publishes newsletter, self-help group directory ($3). Offers assistance starting support groups. Write: Self-Help Clearinghouse, c/o MHA of Rockland County Inc., 20 Squadron Blvd., New City, NY 10956. Call 845-639-7400 Ext. 22; Fax: 845-639-7419. E-mail: lhilton@mharockland.org Website: http://www.mharockland.org

Institute for Human Services/HELPLINE (Steuben, Allegany and Chemung Counties). Founded 1984. Information & referrals to local services and agencies, as well as local support groups. Provides assistance to new and existing self-help groups. Also acts as 24-hour crisis and referral line. Newsletter, information & referral, self-help clearinghouse. Write: Institute for Human Svcs., 6666 County Rd. ll, Bath, NY 14810-7722. Call 1-800-346-2211 (in NY); 607-776-9467 (Admin); 607-776-9604 (HELPLINE); Fax: 607-776-9482. E-mail: helpline@ihsnet.org Website: http://www.ihsnet.org

NORTH CAROLINA

SupportWorks Provides information & referral to support groups in Mecklenburg County area. Networks persons seeking mutual support. Provides consultation to people developing face-to-face and telephone conference groups. Publications, including "Power Tools" on starting groups. Write: SupportWorks, 500 Morehead St., Suite 222, Charlotte, NC 28202-2694. Call 704-331-9500 (group information); 704-377-2055 (Director). Website: http://www.supportworks.org

OHIO

Mental Health Association (Greater Cincinnati and surrounding counties/northern KY) * Founded 2000. Provides referrals to local self-help groups. Publishes directory and website listing. Provides help to groups. Contact person: Sheila Sims. Write: MHA, 2400 Reading Rd., Suite 412, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Call 513-721-2910; Fax: 513-287-8544. E-mail: srsims@mhaswoh.org Website: http://www.mentalhealthassn.org

Greater Dayton Self-Help Clearinghouse Founded 1984. Information, and referrals to self-help and support groups in the Greater Dayton area. Technical assistance provided to start new self-help groups. Self-help group directory upon request. Write: Greater Dayton Self-Help Clearinghouse, c/o Family Service Assn., 184 Salem Ave., Dayton, OH 45406. Call 937-225-3004; Fax: 937-222-3710; TDD: 937-222-7921; E-mail: community@fsadayton.org

The Greater Toledo Self-Help Network Provides information and referrals to local self-help groups. Assists area professionals in locating groups for their clients. Provides consultation to new and existing groups, offers training workshops, and how-to guidelines on starting a support group. Coordinator: Tracy Lustic. Write: Greater Toledo Self-Help Network, c/o Harbor Behavioral Health Care, 4334 Secor Rd., Toledo, OH 43623. Call 419-475-4449; Fax: 419-479-3832; Website: http://www.harbor.org

PENNSYLVANIA

Self-Help Information Network Exchange (SHINE) (Lackawanna County) Provides information & referral to support groups in northeastern Pennsylvania. Sponsors workshops & special events for self-help advocates. Brochure. Community resource library. Write: SHINE, 538 Spruce St., Suite 420, Scranton, PA 18503. Call 570-961-1234 (24 hrs); Admin: 570-347-5616; Fax: 570-341-5816. E-mail: shine@vacnepa.org Website: http://www.vacnepa.org

Mutual Support Group Clearinghouse Founded 1997. Provides referral information on self-help groups in the central Susquehanna valley region. Also provides technical assistance to new and existing groups. Workshops, newsletter, directory of regional self-help groups. Write: Mutual Support Group Clearinghouse, c/o MHA, 37 W. Main St., Suite 206, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. Call 1-800-874-8363 or 570-784-9583; Fax: 570-784-3220. Website: http://www.mhacsv.org

TENNESSEE

Mental Health Association of East Tennessee Information and referral regarding self-help groups in eastern Tennessee. Consultation for persons interested in starting new groups and training for self-help group leaders. Publishes directory of local support groups. Write: MHA of East Tennessee, P.O. Box 32731, Knoxville, TN 37930-2731. Call 865-584-9125; Fax: 865-824-0040. Email: info@mhaet.com Website: http://www.mhaet.com

TEXAS

Texas Self-Help Information & Education Service (Statewide) Provides information and education to local self-help clearinghouses and agencies statewide. Consultation to persons interested in starting new groups. Publishes technical manual for starting support groups and other manuals. Call: Traci Patterson. Write: Texas Self-Help I&E Service, c/o MHA, 8401 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, TX 78757. Call: 512-454-3706; Fax: 512-454-3725. Website: http://www.mhatexas.org

NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSES

National Self-Help Clearinghouse Provides information and referral to self-help groups and regional self-help clearinghouses. Encourages and conducts training of professionals about self help. Carries out research activities. Publishes manuals and training materials. Write: National Self-Help Clearinghouse, c/o CUNY, Graduate School & University Ctr., 365 Fifth Ave., Suite 3300, New York, NY 10016. Call: 212-817-1822. Website: http://www.selfhelpweb.org E-mail: ajgartner@gc.cuny.edu

American Self-Help Clearinghouse Maintains database of national self-help headquarters & model one-of-a-kind groups. Referrals to self-help clearinghouses nationwide. Offers assistance to persons interested in starting new groups. Publishes directory of national support groups. Director: Ed Madara. Write: American Self-Help Clearinghouse, 100 E. Hanover Ave., Suite 202, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927-2020. Call: 973-326-6789; Fax: 973-326-9467. E-mail: ashc@cybernex.net Website: http://selfhelpgroups.org

INTERNATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSES

ARGENTINA

Fundación PRECAVIDA provides telephone contacts for many, but not all, self-help groups in Argentina. Provides mini-guide and suggestions for individuals who want to start a new self help group there. Call: 011-541-14825-2363. E-mail: lkunce@intramed.net.ar or doritak2000@yahoo.com.ar

AUSTRALIA

Collective of Self Help Groups (Victoria) A network of self help and social action groups. Publishes statewide directory of groups. Phone inquiries are taken Wed. & Thurs., 10am-3pm.Assistance offered to start support groups. Write: Collective of Self Help Groups, P.O. Box 251, Brunswick East, Australia 3057. Call (61 3) 9349-2301. Website: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~coshg E-mail: coshgmelb@yahoo.com.au

Western Institute of Self-Help (WISH) Founded 1983. (Western Australia) Supports self-help groups and identifies new groups. Guidelines to help start groups available. Write: WISH, P.O. Box 8140, AUS-Perth Business Centre, Western Australia 6849. Call +61 08 - 92 28 44 88; Fax: +61 08 - 92 28 44 90; E-mail: info@wish.org.au Website: http://www.wish.org.au

Self-Help Queensland, Inc Queensland. Founded 1983. Provides information on local self-help groups. Helps persons to start and maintain groups. Call: 07-3344-6919. Write: Self-Help Queensland, Inc. P.O. Box 353, Sunnybank, Queensland, Australia 4109. E-mail: qnosho@gil.com.au

AUSTRIA

Fonds Gesundes Osterreich Supports self-help supporters nationwide. Networks regional clearinghouses. Acts as a liaison with political and administrative entities. Contact persons: Andrea Lins, Herielle Hoper. Write: Fonds Gesundes Osterreich, SIGIS Service und Information fur Gesundheitsinitiativen und Selbsthilfegruppen, Marianhilfer Strasse 176/8, A 1150 Wien, Austria. Call +431 - 8 95 04 00 12; Fax: +431 - 8 95 04 00 20; E-mail: sipis@fgoe.org Website: http://www.gesundesleben.et

BELGIUM

Trefpunt Zelfhulp (Flanders/Belgium) Information and referrals to Flemish and local self-help groups. Helps new and existing groups. Education, crisis intervention, legal advice, advocacy. Publications, research. Write: Trefpunt Zelfhulp vzw, Van Evenstraat 2c, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium. Call +32 16 - 23 65 07 or + 32 16 - 32 31 58; Fax: +32 16 - 32 30 52. E-mail: trefpunt.zelfhulp@soc.kuleuven.ac.be Website: http://www.zelfhulp.be

CANADA

ALBERTA

The Support Network - Edmonton's Distress & Information Ctr (Edmonton) Founded 1960. Provides referrals to local self-help groups. Directory of local self-help groups. Publishes directory of self-help groups. Write: The Support Network, #301 11456 Jasper Ave., Edmonton AB , T5K 0M1 Canada. Call 780-482-4636 or 780-482-0198 (to order directory) Fax: 780-488-1495. E-mail: admin@thesupportnetwork.com Website: http://www.thesupportnetwork.com

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Self-Help Resource Association of British Columbia (Vancouver) An umbrella organization that provides support and resources for persons interested in mutual aid self-help. Provides training, education, outreach, literature. Publishes annual directory of self-help groups in greater Vancouver area. Helps professionals research groups. Write: Self-Help Resource Association of BC (SHRA), 306-1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V1 Canada. Call 604-733-6186; Fax: 604-730-1015. E-mail: mebrat_beyene@telus.net Website: http://www.selfhelpresource.bc.ca

NEW BRUNSWICK

Community Health Promotion Network Atlantic (New Brunswick) Shares health promotion information among individuals, groups and communities in Atlantic, Canada. Write: Community Health Promotion Network Atlantic, Suite 129, Unit 50, Hamlyn Plaza , St. Johns, Newfoundland, AIL IJ7, Canada. Call 1-866-872-4762 (Canada only) or 709-782-2291 (Outside Canada). Fax: 709-782-1670 E-mail: chpna@chpna.org Website: http://www.chpna.ca

INFO-line (New Brunswick) Provides information and referrals on community services. Publishes a variety of human service directories. Write: INFO-line, c/o Human Development Council, Box 6125 Station A, Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 4R6 Canada. Call 506-633-4636. E-mail: hdc@nbnet.nb.ca or infoline@nb.aibn.com Website: http://www.humandevelopmentcouncil.nb.ca

Self-Help Network of York Region (York Region) Information and referrals to local self-help groups. Helps persons to start and maintain groups. Write: Self-Help Network of York Region, c/o Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7 Canada. Call 905-780-0491; Fax: 905-780-1960. Website: http://krasmancentre.com

NOVA SCOTIA

The Self-Help Connection (Dartmouth) Referrals to provincial self-help groups. Assistance to new and existing groups. Publishes directory of local self-help groups. Write: Clearinghouse - The Self-Help Connection, 63 King St., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 2R7, Canada. Call 902-466-2011; Fax: 902-466-3300. E-mail: info@selfhelpconnection.ca Website: http://www.selfhelpconnection.ca

ONTARIO

Self-Help Network of Sudbury-Manitoulin (Sudbury-Manitoulin) Provides information and referral to local self-help groups. Helps persons to start and maintain groups. Write: Self-Help Network of Sudbury-Manitoulin, 199 Travers Street, Sudbury ON P3C 3K2 Canada. Call 705-675-7252; Fax: 705-673-3354. E-mail: selfhelp@isys.ca Website: http://selfhelpnetwork.on.ca

Community Network Support Team (Owen Sound) Provides information, education and assistance in the development of local mental health self help and support groups. Maintains lending library of mental health books and videos. Operates "Family Support Initiative" and "Consumer/Survivor Development Project" as well as database of mental health and addiction programs. Write: Community Network Support Team, 1139 Second Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 2J1 Canada. Call 519-371-4551; Fax: 519-371-6138. E-mail: cnst@gbchc.healthserv.org Website: http://www.ymcaowensound.on.ca/partners.cfm

Self-Help Resource Center (Greater Toronto area) Founded 1987. Referrals to local self-help groups. Assistance to start new and also helps existing groups. Directory of self-help groups. Information on Ontario and national self-help organizations and special projects. Write: Self-Help Resource Center, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Suite 219, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada. Call 416-487-4355 (Toronto area); 1-888-283-8806 (in Ontario outside Toronto); Fax: 416-487-0344; E-mail: oshnet@selfhelp.on.ca or shrc@selfhelp.on.ca Website: http://www.selfhelp.on.ca

CMHA Barrie-Simcoe Founded 1960. Offers referrals to support groups in the Barrie-Simcoe local area. Offers assistance to new and existing groups. Write: CMHA, 5 Bell Farm Rd., Barrie, Ontario LYN 1W2 Canada. Call 800-461-4319; 705-726-5033; Fax: 705-726-0636. E-mail: info@cmhasim.on.ca Website: http://wwwmhcva.on.ca/

CMHA Waterloo Regional Branch Provides referrals to local self-help groups. Provides assistance to new and existing groups. Publishes directory of self-help groups. Write: CMHA Waterloo Regional Branch, Centre for Mental Health, 5420 Hwy 6N, RR5, Guelp, ON, Canada nlh6j2. Call 519-744-4450; E-mail: info@cmhawrb.on.ca Website: http://www.cmhawrb.on.ca

CMHA London-Middlesex Branch (London-Middlesex) Referrals to local self-help groups. Assistance to new and existing groups. Write: CMHA London-Middlesex Branch, 648 Huron St., London Ontario N5Y 4J8 Canada. Call 519-434-9191; Fax: 519-438-1167. E-mail: mailbox@london.cmha.ca Website: http://www.london.cmha.ca

CMHA Durham Region (Durham) Referrals to local self-help groups. Assistance to new and existing groups. Publishes directory of self-help groups. Provides self-help group start up kits. Write: CMHA Durham Region, 111 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa, Ontario L1G 4S4 Canada. Call 905-436-8760; Fax: 905-436-1569. E-mail: cmha@cmhadurham.org Website: http://www.cmhadurham.org

Olde Forge Community Resource Center (Ottawa-Carlton) Referrals to local self-help groups. Assistance to new and existing groups. Publishes directory of self-help groups. Write: Olde Forge Comm. Res. Ctr., 2730 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K2B 7J1 Canada. Call 613-829-9777; Fax: 613-829-9318. E-mail: forge@ncf.ca Website: http://www.storm.ca/~forge

CMHA Windsor-Essex Branch (Windsor-Essex) Referrals to local self-help groups. Assistance to new and existing groups. Write: CMHA Windsor-Essex Branch, 1400 Windsor Ave., Windsor Ontario N8X 3L9 Canada. Call 519-255-7440; Fax: 519-255-7817. E-mail: biljestycmha@hotmail.com

Oxford Self-Help Network (Oxford County) Referrals to local mental health self-help groups. Publishes directory of resources and other self-help organizations throughout province. Lending library. Write: Oxford County Self-Help Network, 592 Adelaide St., Woodstock, Ontario N4S 4B9 Canada. Call 519-421-2980 or 1-877-464-3571; Fax: 519-421-0826. E-mail: oshn@on.aibn.com Website: http://www.ocl.net/projects/selfhelp/

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Family Support and Self-Help Program (Prince Edward Island) Founded 1986. Referrals to local self-help groups. Assistance to new and existing groups. Publishes directory of self-help groups. Write: Family Support & Self-Help Prog., c/o CMHA, P.O. Box 785, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 7L9 Canada. Call 1-800-682-1648; 902-628-1648; Fax: 902-566-4643. E-mail: selfhelp@cmha.pe.ca

QUEBEC

Centre de Reference du Grand Montreal (Montreal) Founded 1956. Referrals to local self-help groups. Assistance to new and existing groups. Publishes directory of self-help groups. Write: Ctr. de Ref. du Grand Montreal, 801 Sherbrooke East, Suite 401, Montreal, Quebec H2L 1K7 Canada. Call 514-527-1375; Fax: 514-527-9712. E-mail: crgm@info-reference.qc.ca Website: http://www.info-reference.qc.ca

Centre d'Action Benevol du Quebec (Quebec) Information on local self-help groups. Helps to start and maintain groups. Write: Centre d'Action Benevol de Quebec, 615 Pierre Bertrand, Suite 250, Vanier, PQ G1M 3J3. Call 418-681-3501; Fax: 418-681-6481.

SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatchewan Self-Help Online (Saskatoon) Information and referral to local mutual aid self-help groups. Assistance with the development of groups. Directory of local self-help groups (printed version, CD Rom and online). Free resource material on starting and maintaining self-help groups. Write: Saskatchewan Self-Help Network, 315 28th St. West, Saskatoon, SK S7L 0K6 Canada. Call 306-373-8908; Fax: 306-665-3047.

ENGLAND

Self-Help Nottingham Nationwide. Founded 1982. Provides support and services for self-help group in the Nottinham area. Also provides information on local groups and services in the East Midlands and national organizations. Publications on self-help groups. Assistance in starting new groups in the Nottingham area. Write: Self-Help Nottingham, Ormiston House, 32-36 Pelham St., Nottingham NG1 2EG, United Kingdom. Call +44 115 9 11 16 62, or +44 115 9 11 16 61 (group information). E-mail: info@selfhelp.org.uk Website: http://www.selfhelp.org.uk

Contact-A-Family National. Founded 1975. Limited to illnesses/disabilities. Provides help and advice to families of children and young people up to the age of 19 with illnesses or disabilities. Provides information only to adults affected by rare specific disorders. Maintains online data base of rare disorders. Write: Contact-A-Family, 12 Caxion Sq, London, SWIH OQS, UK. Call: +44 0 20 7608 8700 (main office) or +44 0808 808 3555 (helpline for families); Fax: +44 (0) 7608 8701; minicom +44 020 7608 8702. E-mail: info@cafamily.org.uk Website: http://www.cafamily.org.uk

PATIENT UK Online. Provides information on health-related and bereavement self-help organizations serving the United Kingdom, which can then usually direct people to local support groups. Call 0191 261 2252; Fax: 0191 261 4452. Website: http://www.patient.org.uk E-mail: hazel@patient.co.uk

FINLAND

The Citizen Forum Association Coordinates contacts between self-help groups, clearinghouses, voluntary organisations and professionals. Training, publications, information, research. Contact persons: Marianne Nylund and Pirjo Miikkulainen. Write: The Citizen Forum Association, Sornaisten rantatie 27A, 2nd floor, SF - 00500 Helsinki, Finland. Call +35 89- 7 74 40 80; Fax: +35 89-77 44 08 28. E-mail: marianne.nylund@helsinki.fi or pirkko.hakkarainen@kansalaisareena.fi Website: http://www.worldcitizens.org

GERMANY

Nationale Kontakt (NAKOS) (Nationwide) Distributes information on self-help groups nationwide. Assists new groups in starting. Specialized publications, directory. Literature on starting and maintaining self-help groups. Write: Nationale Kontakt- und Informationsstelle zur Anregung und Unterstuetzung von Selbsthilfegruppen e.V., Albrecht Achilles Strasse 65, D-Ae10709 Berlin, Germany. Call +49 30 31 01 89 60 E-mail: selbsthilfe@hakos.de Website: http://www.nakos.de

GREECE

Self-Help Promoting Program (National) Provides information on self-help groups throughout Greece. Promotes self-help in coping with addiction to psychoactive substances and other psychosocial problems. Trains health workers in support of citizens' initiatives. Conducts research into the applications of self-help in dealing with psychosocial problems. Write: Self-Help Promoting Program, 10 Mitropoleos Str. (3 & 4th Floor), 54625, Thessaloniki, Greece. Call 32-310-500-477-8; Fax: 32-310-500-478. E-mail: selfhelp@auth.gr Website: http://www.auth.gr/selfhelp or http://www.selfhelp.gr

IRELAND

Irish Medical Directory - Patient Support Organizations Online. Provides a list of self-help groups for a large variety of topics in Ireland. Website: http://www.imd.ie/suppindx.htm

ISRAEL

Israel Self-Help Center (National) Provides information and referral to self-help groups nationwide. Write: ISHC, 35 Montufyory St., IL 35201, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Call +972 3 5 66 22 80/1/2/3; Fax + 972 3 5 66 22 84. E-mail: selfhelp@netvision.net.il Website: http://www.selfhelp.org.il

JAPAN

STIALISH Provides information on self-help groups and group development. Write; STIALISH Self-help Clearinghouse, Miyazaki, Rupo Miyazakiekimae BLD. 203, 5-0 Hiroshima 2-Chome, Miyazaki-City, Miyazaki, Japan, 8800806. Email: stialish-m@pekkle.jp

Hyogo Self-Help Support Center Provides information on self-help groups in the Hyogo area. Write: 1-8-22-203 Minamimachi Fukae, Higashinada-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo, Japan. Call: +81-78-452-3082.E-mail: tshc@blue.forum.ne.jp Website: http://hyogo-selfhelp.hoops.ne.jp/

Osaka Self-Help Support Center Provides information on local self-help groups. Director: Hiroyuki Matsuda. Call +81-6-6352-0430; Fax: +81-6-6358-2892. Write: Osaka Self-Help Support Center, c/o Osaka Volunteer Association, 1-5-27, Doshin, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0035 Japan. E-mail: GHE01500@nifty.ne.jp

Support Network for Chronically Sick Children of Japan (Nationwide) Information and contacts to self-help groups nationwide. Guidelines for starting a group in Japanese. Some international contacts. Contact Person: Tomofumi Oka. Write: Support Network for Chronically Sick Children of Japan, Bunkyo-Shogaku Biru 6F, 1-15-4, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 Japan. Call 81-3-5840-5972 (office); Fax: 03-5840-5974. Website: http://nanbyonet.or.jp E-mail: ganbare@nanbyonet.or.jp (Japanese) or t-oka@sophia.ac.jp (English)

Clearinghouse MUSASHI Provides information on self-help groups. Call 048-297-9780 Voice/Fax). Write: Clearinghouse MUSASHI, Omiya Nishi Post Office, 331-0051, Japan. E-mail: info_musashi-lj@infoseek.jp

LIECHTENSTEIN

Kontaktstelle SHG Referrals to local self-help groups. Contact: Yvonne Odoni. Write: Kontaktstelle SHG, Postfach 1, FL-9494, Schaan, Liechtenstein. Call: +423 79 419 1802. Website: http://www.kontaktstelle-shg.de/

MEXICO

Fraternidad de Grupos de Autoayuda y Ayuda Mutua (the Self-Help and Mutual Aid Group Fraternity). Founded 2004. Offers resources and help to anyone anywhere wishing to start a Spanish language self-help group. Also has useful information for those seeking a group in Mexico, for Mexican groups seeking research assistance, professionals or students helping with self-help group development or research, and all who wish further information on the subject of self-help groups. Write: Fraternidad de Grupos de Autoayuda y Ayuda Mutua, Real de Los Reyes 77 - Edif. Nogal Depto. 3, Col. Los Reyes - Coyoacán, 04330 México, D.F. Call (+52) (55) 5689 6659 for both answering machine and Fax. E-mail: info@ayuda-mutua.com Website: http://www.ayuda-mutua.com

NORWAY

Norsk Selvhjelpsforum National self-help clearinghouse. Information, literature, referrals, training. Write: Norsk Selvhjelpsforum, c/o Professor Dahlsgl, 45 N-0367, Oslo, Norway. Call: +47 22 - 92 50 30. E-mail: selvhjelp@selvhjelp.no Website: http://www.selvhjelp.no

SWEDEN

Fenix Sjalvhjalpscenter Provides information on local self-help groups in Stockholm. Offers workshops and offers assistance in starting new groups. Write: Fenix Sjalvhjalpscenter, Hagerstensvagen 162, 126 53 Hagersten (Stockholm) Sweden. Call 0046-8-681-06-24. E-mail: info@fenix.org.se Website: http://www.fenix.org.se/aboutfenix.htm

Distriktlakare (Lapland only) Provides information on self-help groups in Lapland. Can also provide information for other clearinghouse in Sweden. Contact person: Bo Henricson. Write: Distriktlakare, Villavagen 14, 930 90, Arjeplog, Sweden. Call +46-961-14800; Fax: +46-961-14819. E-mail: bo.henricson@nll.se Website: http://hem.passagen.se/snaps

SWITZERLAND

Stiftung KOSCH Founded 2000. Nationwide coordinating organization for self-help groups. Umbrella organization for regional self-help clearinghouses throughout Switzerland. Assistance starting support groups. Call: Verena Vogelsanger. Write: Stiftung KOSCH, Laufenstrasse 12, CH-4053, Basel, Switzerland. Call +41 061 - 3 33 86 01; Fax: +41 061 - 3 33 86 02. E-mail: gs@kosch.ch Website: http://www.kosch.ch

WALES

Health Promotion Division, National Assembly for Wales Nationwide. Provides information on self-help groups in Wales. Maintains website with information of available groups. Write: Health Promotion Div., Nat'l Assembly for Wales, Ffynnoalas, Ty Glas Ave., Cardiff FF14 5EZ UK. Call +44 (029) 2075 2222. Website: http://www.cmo.wales.gov.uk/content/index.htm

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