You are not alone. If you are looking for understanding from those who know what you are facing, a support group may be just what you’re looking for. There are several support groups where you will be able to find mutual help and build coping techniques to help you on your journey to wellness.

  • (*Unless noted, all groups meet at the Community Services Building: GPS Address of 1124 Marshall Avenue, Parking Lot 4, Lancaster, PA 17601, through entrance F of the building. Please check out the TV monitors when entering the building to validate group rooms. Group rooms may be subject to change.)

Support Groups for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Educational Group
Peer-led group for adults and families
1st & 3rd Mondays every month
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Services Building: Blair Room
630 Janet Avenue, Lancaster, Pa. 17601

Bipolar Discussion Support Group
Peer-led group for adults and families
2nd, 4th & 5th Mondays every month
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Services Building: Blair Room
630 Janet Avenue, Lancaster, Pa. 17601

Bipolar Support Group
Group for adults and families led by MHALC
2nd Thursdays of every month
12:00 PM (lunch provided)
Hempfield United Methodist Church
3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601

Support Groups for Depression

Finding Our Way Group
(Depression Support Group)
Every Monday Starting June 5th
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Community Services Building: Room D-155
630 Janet Avenue, Lancaster, Pa. 17601

D.A.W.N. Group
Depression Awareness and Women’s Needs
1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Services Building: Room B-103
630 Janet Avenue, Lancaster, Pa. 17601

D.A.M.N. Group
Depression Awareness and Men’s Needs
* On Hiatus until further notice.

Moms Supporting Moms Group – ONLINE ONLY
For mothers experiencing postpartum depression. To be a part of the online community, please reach out to lancastermsmgroup@gmail.com for questions, or call 717.397.8722.

Support Groups for Anxiety

Anxiety, Panic, and OCD Support Group
Peer-led group for adults and familiy members with an anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or OCD disorder
1st, 3rd, & 5th Mondays
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Services Building: Room B-103
630 Janet Avenue, Lancaster, Pa. 17601

 

Support Groups for Suicide Loss

Survivor’s of Suicide Loss Support Group
Peer-led group for those who have lost someone close to them by suicide

1st & 3rd Thursdays
7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
10 Delp Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
Contact: Kevin Eberle, 717-394-3541 or eclipse5694@aol.com

Parent’s of Suicide Loss Support Group
* Starts October 3, 2017
Peer-led group for those who have lost a child to suicide
1st & 3rd Tuesdays
7 PM – 8:30 PM
St. James Catholic Church
505 Woodcrest Avenue, Lititz, PA 17543
Contact: Dawn Khamvongsa, 717-625-0010 or dkhamvongsa7@gmail.com

Additional Support Groups by Community Organizations

DBSA Support Group in Ephrata
Support Group for Bipolar & Depression
2nd & 4th Tuesdays
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Zion’s Reformed UCC
1356 Apple Street, Ephrata, Pa. 17522
Led by a new chapter, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Contact if interested: Bob, 717-925-6520 or Thaddeus, 717-381-0459

Combat Veterans Group
Facilitated by Ryan McGinnis & Charles McKiddy
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Amvets Post 19: 715 Fairview Avenue, Lancaster, Pa. 17603
Contact if interested: Ryan (717) 286-6573 or Charles (717) 327-0067

Family Support Group
Facilitated by No Longer Alone Ministries
For those whose lives are touched by a person with long-term mental illness
4th Sunday of each month (except December)
3:00 PM – 5 PM
Rossmere Mennonite Church: 741 Janet Ave., Lancaster, Pa. 17601
Educational Programs: 3 PM – 4 PM
Share & Care Groups: 4:10 PM – 5 PM
Call No Longer Alone Ministries at (717) 390-4891 for schedule and more information
www.nlam.org

Sibling Support Group
Sponsored by the Arc of Lancaster
For children ages 8-12 that have a sibling with a mental illness or disability
2nd Mondays @ 6:30 PM
IU#13, 1020 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, Pa. 17601
Call Arc of Lancaster to register (717) 394-5251

Family Support Group 
Facilitated by NAMI Lancaster
1st Tuesdays of every month @ 7 p.m.
790 New Holland Ave (in the CSG building)
For more information, please call Vivian Spiese, President, at 717-871-6205

What to Expect at Your First Support Group

It is a big step to attend your first support group, but it doesn’t need to be scary. Here’s what you can expect:

  • MHALC’s groups are peer-facilitated, which means the group leader has been in your shoes. He or she will truly understand what you’re going through, and can provide insights and advice based on firsthand experience.
  • All groups are free and held on a drop-in basis. You don’t have to sign-up in advance, and if you attend one time and it doesn’t feel like the right fit, you don’t have to come back. However, we do recommend that you give the group a few chances, as the dynamic can change every meeting and you might find your place after a few tries.
  • All meeting groups are confidential – this helps us build an environment where individuals can be honest and open.
  • You do not have to share your story at your first meeting; you can choose to come and just listen to others share, as you may feel more comfortable hearing how others have dealt with situations that are familiar to you. Or, you should feel welcome to share if you’re ready to do so and could use a caring ear to listen to your own story.

Peer-facilitated support groups are a great place to start your recovery journey. We hope you’ll find that by hearing others’ stories, you’ll feel less alone in your experiences. Reach out today – we’re here to support you.

If you have any questions regarding support groups, feel free to call MHALC at (717) 397-7461.

Student observers of Support Groups are asked to call the MHALC office to register for observations. Not all support groups are open to observers. You must be registered to attend as an observer; without a registration, you will be asked to leave the support group and return on a different evening. Thank you for your understanding.