We’ve Got Your Back: Local support groups for those with mental illnesses (and their families)

Support groups



In the modern world, mental health issues seem to be on the rise, with 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. suffering mental illness in a given year.  Mental illnesses can significantly affect one’s ability to function normally in their daily lives. Suffering from illnesses like depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, or anxiety disorders can affect one’s work life, social life, and family relationships.

9.8 million Americans suffer from a severe mental illness
Source: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers 


Organizations all over Michigan (and the U.S.) have formed support groups for those in the mild-to-moderate population suffering from illnesses and requiring emotional support. These groups host various activities such as peer-to-peer meetups, group therapy sessions, and group outings. 
Here are some support group resources in Metro Detroit:

  1. Emotional Support Collaborative: https://www.meetup.com/Emotional-Support-Collaborative/

    With over 1000 members, the Emotional Support Collaborative offers Therapeutic Support Group sessions to the community, free of charge for the first 60 days (after which the annual fee is $25). Their group sessions include those for people with depression, social anxiety, and more.

  2. University of Michigan Health System Depression Center: http://www.depressioncenter.org/patients-visitors/workshops-and-groups/depression-and-bipolar/

    The University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center (UMDC) was established in 2001 to bring depression into the mainstream of medical research. The UMDC offers free support groups and family education workshops for individuals with bipolar disorder and/or depression (and their families). Family Education Workshops are hosted on the first Wednesday every other month, and the support groups are hosted on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month.

  3. Michigan Self Help OCD Group: https://iocdf.org/support-groups/dearborn-mi-self-help-ocd-group/

    The Michigan OCD Self Help group offers free group support sessions on the second Thursday of the month from 7pm-9pm. Located in Dearborn Michigan, this is a safe place to discuss your symptoms and learn/share best practices and coping methods.

  4. National Alliance on Mental Illness of Metro-Oakland, Wayne & Macomb Counties http://namimetro.org/resources/support-groups/

    NAMI Metro Chapter offers support groups for those families who are taking care of members with various mental illnesses such as ADHD, autism, and depression. There are nine different support groups located in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. For more information, visit their website.


The groups noted here are just a few local offerings. For more specific support, look for support programs in your neighborhood or community.

*The information contained in this blog post is for general information purposes only. BHPI has does not endorse the programs or groups noted in this post. BHPI makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, or validity of the information in this post and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its or use.


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