Support groups

Yellow FlowerFour support groups currently meet in the Bloomington area. New members are welcome at any time; no advance registration is necessary.

Together We Learn to Cope (TLC)

A support group for families and friends of people with mental illness
When:  First Monday evening of every month (except explicit holidays)
Where:  First United Methodist Church, 219 E. 4th Street across from the Bloomington downtown post office in room 302
Time:  7  to 8:30 PM
Contact number:  Hermine @ 825-8084

NAMI support group

For families and friends of the individuals with mental illness. NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of the mentally ill.  More information about the local chapter of NAMI is available at http://www.namibloomington.org/index.html.
When:  Third Monday evening of every month (except explicit holidays)
Where:  First United Methodist Church, 219 E. 4th Street across from the Bloomington downtown  post office  in room 302
Time:  7-8:30 PM
Contact number:  Kathleen @ 336-3992

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

We are an official group of the national Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.  We are a support group, not a therapy group.  The group is very diverse with people of all ages, 17 to 90 something, and the “members” are very welcoming to new people.  Although the group is for the consumers, family members and friends are also welcome.  The only strong rule is:  CONFIDENTIALITY.
When: The first and third Thursday nights of each month, except on holidays.
Where:  St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Rooms 3, 8, or 6 ; 100 N. State Rd 46 Bypass (Just north of CVS Pharmacy near the College Mall)
If you enter the church from the main parking lot to the south facing toward the College Mall, turn left immediately at the first hallway.  We never start early, but it is fine to come late and/or leave early.
Time:   7:00 PM
Contact number:  Valerie Markley @ (812) 332-7164

Schizophrenics Anonymous (S.A.)

The meeting is mainly for consumers, but family members and friends occasionally attend to gain more understanding of what consumers experience.  The only strong rule we have is confidentiality.  It is also quite all right to come late and/or leave early.
When: The second and fourth Thursday nights of each month, except on holidays.
Where: Please call for location confirmation. Valerie Markley 332-7164 or markley@indiana.edu or leave message with Joe Frommer 331-7736
Time: 7:00 PM
Contact number:  Valerie Markley @ (812) 332-7164

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