Tools and Resources - Self-Help Groups

Fox Valley Mental Health Advocacy Council


Where Do I Start?

Tools and Resources

Self-Help Groups

Where to Start for Community Mental Health

Except for worldwide self-help networks like Alcoholics Anonymous, the availablility of local self-help groups is always changing, depending primarily on utilization and leadership.  Begin with an internet search of the national association (or local provider) most closely related to your area of interest/need, e.g., Autism Society of America, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, NAMI, Suicide Prevention Services, Hospice, Senior Services Associates.

The following is a listing of self-help groups in the Fox Valley area. The links below are a starting place to reach many local resources; this is not a comprehensive listing.  These links are provided for informational purposes only; inclusion of a listing does not indicate endorsement by or affiliation with D303 or the FVMHAC. 

Alcoholics Anonymous - TriCity Area
www.aadistrict61.com
630/377-6610

Al-Anon or Alateen
www.niafg.org

Narcotics Anonymous - Chicago Area
www.chicagona.org
 or www.na.org
708/848-4884

The Crisis Line of the Fox Valley (southern Kane)
630/966-9393
Maintains some information re:  self-help groups

The Kane County Chronicle publishes a limited weekly self-help group calendar.


CAVEAT:  Always check out the credentials and experience of the self-help group facilitator(s).