Support Groups

Support groups are held virtually throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read below for details on each group. Also, on the MHA Virtual Support Groups Page is information on how to connect to a virtual support group, which may be attended via Zoom video/audio or through a regular phone connection. Groups are free, confidential, and do not require a diagnosis to attend – just an identification with the medical condition. 

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.

Support groups are a helpful addition to, or alternative to, traditional counseling and provide an opportunity to talk – or just listen to- other adults going through the same struggle as you.

Peer support is learning through information sharing. Join to just listen and let the group know if you are not ready to talk. That decision will be understood and respected.
 BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar Support Group (Educational Group): 1st and 3rd Mondays, 7-8:30 PM

Bipolar Support Group (Discussion Group): 2nd, 4th, and 5th Mondays, 7-8:30 PM
Peer-led support group for adults and families.

DEPRESSION & ANXIETY

D.A.W.N. Support Group: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM
Peer-led support group for depression awareness and women’s needs.

Anxiety, Panic, and OCD Support Group: every Thursday, 7-8:30 PM
Peer-led support group for adults and families: drop-in, confidential, and free.

Finding Our Way Group: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Mondays, 6-7:00 PM
Peer-led support group for men and women.

PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP

Moms Supporting Moms Group: 2nd Wednesdays Of The Month. (On Hold until in-person meetings resume) Contact the office at 717-397-7461 for more details. Free. Drop in. Confidential. This group welcomes all moms who need socialization and support for the reduction of depression and anxiety. It is also for moms struggling with emotional wellness, postpartum depression and/or postpartum anxiety. Moms, babies, and young children are welcome. This is a group and play date.

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
Borderline Personality Disorder Support Group: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays (on hold until in-person meetings resume), 7-8:30 PM

Peer-led support group for men and women ages 18 and older. If you can relate to or have been diagnosed with BPD, you are invited to attend this peer-led support group. Family members will be welcome periodically for education-based meetings. Please call MHA at 717-397-7461 for the schedule or family education nights. The goal of this group is to support, educate, and to share experiences related to living with BPD.

 



Currently our active support groups are virtual. In order to access our virtual support groups, please do the following:
It’s an easy process, and you don’t have to have a smart
phone or a computer to participate in the group.
 First, you call this number – 1-929-205-6099.
 Someone will answer, “Welcome to Zoom. Please
enter your meeting identification number, followed
by the # sign.”
* The meeting ID is 736 283 742 for the Bipolar
groups, the Anxiety, Panic and OCD group, the
D.A.W.N. group, and the Borderline Personality
group.
*The meeting ID is 119 431 399 for Finding Our Way.
* After you enter this, you will be asked to enter a
participant ID, or if you don’t have one, just press #,
* You won’t have one, so just press #.
* You will be notified that you have joined the
meeting, and then you will be able to speak with
the other members of the group!
If you have questions, please feel free to call MHA
between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
Best wishes for all of your health and safety!
 

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Additional Support Groups

Survivors of Suicide Support Group: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 PM
Contact Kevin L. Eberle at (717) 394-3541 or eclipse5694@aol.com.

Sibling Support Group: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 PM
Contact Kevin L. Eberle at (717) 394-3541 or eclipse5694@aol.com.

NAMI Family Support & Educational Group: 2nd Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM
Contact Vivian Spiese at 717-871-6205 and vspiese@comcast.net for more information or to inquire about the current meeting location.

Landis Communities Family Support Group: 4th Sundays (except December), 3-5:00 PM
An educational program runs from 3-4:00 PM, followed by a “Share and Care” groups meeting from 4:10-5:00 PM.

Parents of Suicide Loss Support Group: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM
Contact Dawn Khamvongsa at 717-625-0010 or dkhamvongsa7@gmail.com.

Your First Support Group

It is a big step to attend your first support group, but it doesn’t need to be scary. All MHA groups are now virtual until further notice. Contact MHA to obtain connectivity instructions for a phone, or video and audio, connection.

Our office hours are Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Below is a description of what to expect at your first support group meeting. For instructions on how to connect into a group, email MHA Lancaster County or call 717-397-7461.

Don’t hesitate to reach out for additional support from an MHA staff member, should you still need guidance on using this tool for mental wellness.
What to Expect

At Your First Support Group Meeting

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 questions regarding the groups, 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 understanding.

MHALC’s programs 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 just come and 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.