Support Groups

Connect With Others Who Understand

When we’re struggling, it’s helpful to talk to others who’ve been through similar experiences—sometimes even like instant relief to meet people who really “get it.”

But we know attending a support group for the first time can be a little intimidating. If you have never been to one, or are new to MHAFC’s groups, check out our answers to these common concerns:

  • You don’t have to pre-register or pay; you can just show up. But we do recommend checking our events calendar or calling our office to confirm the meeting hasn’t been cancelled. (614-221-1441)
  • You don’t have to share a lot of information the first time, or ever. But, it IS a confidential and safe space to do so when you’re ready. Remember, your story is valuable and sharing helps not only you, but the group too.
  • It may feel a little risky to attend a meeting for the first time. Our groups are led by facilitators who know how to keep the group welcoming, focused and respectful.
  • You won’t be overwhelmed with advice or “assignments” at our groups, but you will get to learn from each other’s experiences and receive empathic responses.
  • Some meetings are led by mental health professionals who can share knowledge about Central Ohio’s mental healthcare system. All meetings provide you with access to materials that will lead you to other resources around town.
  • The format of most of our groups looks like this: group opens with a chance for everyone to introduce themselves and perhaps answer a “check-in” question (e.g., How was your week?), and then people take turns sharing current concerns/asking questions.  Some groups have a short reading from a secular, mental health resource by the facilitator or a group member. (And, in some cases, there are even snacks!)
  • By attending one group, you are under no obligation to attend future groups. But we generally recommend at least two or three visits to really benefit from the experience.

MHAFC sponsors groups designed to support people struggling directly with various mental health challenges, as well as groups for their families and loved ones. Here’s a list of what we have to offer in Franklin County:

For information on support groups in the community sponsored by other organizations, take a look at our popular Central Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Support Groups handout, or search our online Directory of Mental Health and Recovery Services

Student observers may attend ONLY if they have made advance arrangements with Brandi at 614-221-1441 or by email and agree to the strict observation guidelines. You will be asked to leave the meeting if you do not have prior permission. Thank you for showing respect to group attendees by complying with this policy.