Support Groups

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the national’s largest suicide prevention nonprofit organization and maintains a searchable directory of survivors of suicide (S.O.S.) support groups throughout the country, including 19 Michigan-based suicide support groups.  Each year, AFSP hosts International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day the Saturday before American Thanksgiving. Hundreds of large and small Survivor Day events take place around the world in which suicide loss survivors come together to find connection, understanding and hope through their shared experience. While each event is unique and offers various programming, all feature an AFSP-produced documentary that offers a message of growth, resilience and connection. In 2018, 370 total events took place, including 32 international sites in 19 countries. Click here to find an event near you.

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) offers a number of online and in-person support groups for families and individuals coping with depression and bi-polar disorder including 15 Michigan-based support groups. Click here to locate a DBSA support group near you.

Common Ground offers community support groups for survivors of suicide led by trained peer facilitators. Open group usually meets 7-9 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the Resources and Crisis Center located in Pontiac, MI.  Please visit Common Ground’s Facebook page @commongroundhelps for more information. Common Ground also offers individual support sessions by appointment. These sessions provide space for a person or family to share their loss, learn about surviving the suicide loss of a loved one, and discover more about local and national resources. To register, call Melissa Bowman at (248) 451-2614 or email mbowman@cghelps.org.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a number of peer-led Family Support Groups and Recovery Support Groups for families and individuals living with mental health conditions.  There are currently 12 NAMI Metro support groups in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties in Southeastern Michigan. NAMI also operates a helpline (1-800-950-NAMI) and text chat (text “NAMI” to 741741) on Mon-Fri from 10 AM to 6 PM EST that can provide information on how to find various mental health professionals and resources in your area.

The University of Michigan Depression Center in Ann Arbor, MI offers a diverse range of education, support, training, and resources to help enhance understanding and quality of life for those who live with depressive illnesses and those who love them. Click here to learn more about their outreach programs.

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