Local Support Groups
Regional Mental Health Center offers support groups for mental health disorder treatment and substance abuse treatment
Regional Mental Health Center facilitates several support groups for adults and youth age six and older. Our services are private and confidential and a referral is not needed. We’ve assembled a number of additional online resources below. If you need immediate crisis assistance, crisis assistance, call our hotline at 219.769.4005, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
National Autism Society of Northwest Indiana: 8415 Georgia Street Indiana Wesleyan University Merrillville, IN 46410 (219) 769-5140. http://northwestindianaautism.com Support group meetings are held at 7pm. Call or visit the website for a schedule of the meetings. An educational support group for those affected by autism. Often hosts expert guest speakers. Area served: Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski counties.
Autism Support Group Schererville: 350 East US 30 at Tyler's Tender, Schererville, IN 46375 (219) 384-8884 Main Phone
2nd Fri monthly: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Those affected in any way by Autism. An autism/special needs support and socialization group. Meetings are held at Tyler's Tender in Schererville. Call to register. Area served: Lake County.
Cancer Support Group: The cancer resource Centre has support groups at 900 Ridge Road in Munster. Their web site is www.cancerresourcecentre.com
Compassionate Friends of Lake/Porter County: 552-0466 OR 1-877-969-0100.
Provides support to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. Compassionate Friends Bereaved Parents (219) 662-0902 (meets in Valparaiso and Crown Pt.) http://lake-portertcf.homestead.com/index.html
Compassionate Friends: Seeks to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. Crown Point (Third Tuesday of each month) and Valparaiso (First Thursday of each month). Call Carol at 662-0902.
Congregation Peer Support Programs: Call your congregation to inquire about church support programs.
F.A.I.T.H. (Families Accepting Issues Through Hope):Advocates for access to services, treatment, support and research. Organization serves families regarding anxiety/depression and all other mental illnesses. Hebron Library on first and last Wednesdays from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. through May 2013. Contact Joanna Cobb at 219-508-8419.
Family Action Network: Support Group services for Parents and a Youth Group for Children and Adolescents, 6743 Calumet Avenue, Hammond. Contact: Nancy Cloonan at 219-933-1700, 219-644-7374 and email@example.com.
Healing Circles Support Group Dyer: Adult group. Teen and child group available upon request, with required two-week advance notice. Group meets 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7:00PM - 8:30PM. For more information contact Karen Lawrence firstname.lastname@example.org or call 219-718-2933. Find them on Facebook as well.
Healing Circles Support Group Merrillville: Support Group for adult survivors of suicide (friends and family) meet monthly on the second Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm at Stephen & Associates, Broadway Office Center,7863 Broadway, Suite 115 Merrillville, IN 46410 (219) 381-0499. For more information contact one of the facilitators: Karen Lawrence email@example.com or call 219-844-5198 or Karen Casey-Keller: 219- 845-3119. Find them on Facebook as well.
Hospice of the Calumet: A grief support group called “Healing Hearts”, written educational materials on grief and bereavement for all ages, monthly mailings, telephone support, referrals to community services, short term counseling and support services. 600 Superior Ave. in Munster, IN 46321and 3224 Ridge Road, Suite 202 & 203, Lansing, IL 60438. Call 219.922.2732 or 708.895.8332 or 219.736.2422. Healing Hearts for Kids (5 week group) call Susan at 708-418-8671. www.hospicecalumet.org/services/grief-support/
Lake County Reference Library: (219) 769-3541 Listing of agencies and organizations, including support groups of all kinds for a variety of needs including medical, grief support, parenting, youth and older adults. You can access the support group lists by phone or by Internet at (www.lakeco.lib.in.us).
Living After Loss: (219) 886-4600 Support for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Northlake Campus – 600 Grant Street, Gary, IN 46402.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) sponsored groups:
South Lake County: Support group meets 2nd Wednesday of each month: Peer Support in room K101 from 6:30pm-8:30pm and NAMI Family support in room K102 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Regional Mental Health Center, 8555 Taft St., Merrillville. Contact: Kathy Prospolonis: 219.322.3323.
Organization for Social Support of Surviving Spouses: (219) 942-7872 Social and Support group for surviving spouses. Meetings: Third Tues., monthly 7:00p.m. c/o Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 6795 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410.
Out of the Darkness Walk Local Chapter: Nancy Rodgers 219-801-1882 or Karen Lawrence 219-844-5198 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (202) 237-2280 www.afsp.org
Reassurance Contact Program: 938-0900 Crisis Center. Reassurance call/visit for homebound and elderly.
STITCH (Standing Together In Tolerance Changing Humanity): Information about GLBTQ youth suicide, and minorities, examining statistics, risk factors, dispel common myths surrounding suicide, as well as prevention strategies for schools and the general population can do to prevent stigmas leading to suicide. Contact Douglas Harper, suicide attempt survivor, GLBTQ activist, and founder of (STITCH) 423-503-7438 firstname.lastname@example.org and Gail Thomas - 219-801-8180 email@example.com.
Suicide Survivors Support Group/Wounded Healers: (219) 924-5577 (Meets at St. James the Less Catholic Church in Highland)
Support Group for Parents of Children With a Disability: Mental Health America, 9722 Parkway Drive in Highland. (219) 922-3822 Meets 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm – 7:30pm Contact Kristen Verhoeve.
Survivors of Loss Due to Addictions or Suicide (SOLAS): (219) 462-6267 (meets at Mental Health America at 402 East Indiana Ave in Valparaiso. Call for meeting times. Peer facilitated support group for 16 and older/no charge. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Brochure available.
VNA Phoenix Center for Grief and Healing: (219-531-8042) 2401 Valley Drive, Valparaiso, IN. Offers bi-weekly peer support groups for children, teens, young adults ages 6-24 who have had a loss in their life from death. A child may start at the Center immediately following an orientation. This is a program open to the community, there are no geographic boundaries. Adults in need of grief support, should also contact Michele Murphy Wise 219-531-8042 or visit www.vnaportercounty.org/CenterforGriefandHealing.htm.
Wounded Healers: (219) 924-5577. Resource center for people dealing with the grieving process; staffed by trained experienced volunteers. “The Beginnings Group” at 7pm at St. James Church corner of Kennedy and 45th in Highland. Call 219-924-5577 or go online for the group schedule www.woundedhealers-nwi.com/mission.htm