You are not alone.

If you are looking for understanding from those who know what you are facing, then a support group may be just what you are looking for. There are several support groups to aid you in finding mutual help and building coping techniques that will guide you on your journey to wellness.

Unless noted, all groups meet at the Community Services Building.  Use the GPS Address of 1124 Marshall Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601 through August 31, 2019.  There are no support groups on September 2, 2019.

STARTING SEPTEMBER 3, 2019

THE SUPPORT GROUPS WILL BE MOVING TO 245 BUTLER AVENUE, SUITE 204, LANCASTER, PA 17601

Use parking Lot 4 and enter through entrance F of the building.  

Click on the name of a support group below to view the schedule of meetings for each category of support.

Support Groups for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Educational Group
Topic driven discussion 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  (Use the Address of 1124 Marshall Avenue for GPS)

Group moves to 245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204 starting September 3, 2019

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  (Use the Address of 1124 Marshall Avenue for GPS)

Group moves to 245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204 starting September 3, 2019

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

This group will remain at the church and will not change locations September 3, 2019

Support Groups for Depression

Finding Our Way Group
(Depression Support Group)
2nd, 3rd, 4th and, if applicable, 5th Monday 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Community Services Building: Room D-155
630 Janet Avenue, Lancaster, Pa. 17601  (Use the Address of 1124 Marshall Avenue for GPS)

Group moves to 245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204 starting September 3, 2019

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  (Use the Address of 1124 Marshall Avenue for GPS)

Group moves to 245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204 starting September 3, 2019

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

Moms Supporting Moms Group
This group is welcome to all moms who are struggling with emotional wellness, specifically signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and/or postpartum anxiety.

Second Wednesdays of each month from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

An informal group meeting and play date!  Thanks to the generosity of Hamilton Park UCC, we can meet in their preschool “bike room” with toys for children. Moms, babies, and young children are welcome.  We have three rules: Respect confidentiality, this is a safe space/no judgement space, and please no solicitation/selling items.

Mental Health America Lancaster and the Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation have teamed together to offer this important support system for moms.   Thank you, and together we can support each other! Please feel free to invite Lancaster County moms to join us.

Location:  Hamilton Park United Church of Christ (UCC) is at 1210 Maple Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603, 717-397-9791.  Contact Amanda for more information or questions.  No RSVP required.  Drop in.  Bring a friend and their children.  This group will not change locations starting September 3, 2019.

Please reach out to Support Group Coordinator, Amanda, at akatchur@mhalancaster.org and 570-561-8845 for questions or additional information.

Support Groups for Anxiety

Anxiety, Panic, and OCD Support Group
Peer-led group for adults and family members with an anxiety disorder, panic disorder or OCD disorder.
1st and 3rd Thursdays starting 1/17/19
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Services Building: Room B-103 or Blair Room (Check the information boards for room location)
630 Janet Avenue, Lancaster, Pa. 17601 (Use the Address of 1124 Marshall Avenue for GPS)

Group moves to 245 Butler Avenue, Suite 204 starting September 3, 2019

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

This group will not change locations starting September 3, 2019.

Parent’s of Suicide Loss Support Group
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 at 717-625-0010 or dkhamvongsa7@gmail.com

This group will not change locations starting September 3, 2019.

Additional Support Groups by Community Organizations

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 at (717) 286-6573 or Charles at (717) 327-0067

Family Support Group
Facilitated by Landis Communities
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


Sibling Support Group
Sponsored by the Arc of Lancaster Lebanon
For children ages 8-12 that have a sibling with a mental illness or disability.
2nd Mondays @ 6:30 PM.  Meets September through May.
116 W Airport Road, Suite A, Lititz, PA  17543
Call Arc of Lancaster Lebanon to register or for questions: (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 are 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. 

Observation Guidelines for MHALC Support Groups