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
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 Support Group now in person!
It will be held at the Disability Empowerment Center
941 Wheatland Ave, Lancaster PA, 17603
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 850 5820 1089 Passcode: 265428
phone +1 929 205 6099
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: (on hold until further notice) 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.
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
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.
Suicide Survivor’s Group
Currently our active support groups are virtual. In order to access our
virtual support groups, please do the following:
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 850 5820 1089 for the Bipolar
groups, the Anxiety, Panic and OCD group, the
D.A.W.N. group, and the Borderline Personality
*The meeting ID is 850 5820 1089 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 #.
The Anxiety, Panic and OCD group, the D.A.W.N. group, and the Borderline Personality group.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 850 5820 1089
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
meeting, and then you will be able to speak with
the other members of the group
between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
Best wishes for your health and safety!
Led by Community Organizations
Additional Support Groups
NAMI Family Support & Educational Group: 2nd Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM
Contact Vivian Spiese at 717-871-6205 and firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Your First Support Group
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.