Support Groups / Self-Help

Many people find peer support a helpful tool that can aid in their recovery. Some support groups are led by peers, while others are led by a mental health professional. The following self-help and support group services in San Francisco and the Bay Area address a variety of mental illnesses and mental health issues.

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Mental Health Association of San Francisco

tel: (415) 421 2926
870 Market Street, Suite 928, Monday-Friday 9-5

  • Various self help support groups including a support group for people who compulsively hoard and clutter


tel: (415) 808-HELP
Monday-Friday 8-5:30

  • Information and referrals for mental health services
  • Information for self-help groups in Bay Area
  • English, Spanish, and Chinese operators

Oasis Office of Self Help

tel: (415) 575-1400
1095 Market Street, Suite 202

  • Offers various support groups
  • Has a variety of community resources
  • Computer lab
  • Education center

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

tel: (415) 905-6264
5214F Diamond Heights, PMB 426

  • Support groups for family members of the mentally ill

SF Depressive & Manic Depressive Association

tel: (415) 995-4792
900 Hyde Street, 2nd Floor

  • Support groups, information, and education for those w/mood disorders
  • Call for meeting times, dates, and location

SpiritMenders Drop-In / S.F. Network of MH Clients

tel: (415) 552-8565
2940 16th Street, B2

  • Drop-in center for homeless and mental health clients
  • Provides referrals and resources
  • Living Skills Support Group

Independent Living Resource Center

tel: (415) 543-6222
649 Mission Street, 3rd floor, Monday-Thursday 9-5 & Friday 9-3

  • Advocacy and support for people with disabilities
  • Various support groups offered

Central City Hospitality House- Tenderloin Self Help Center

tel: (415) 749-2143
290 Turk, Monday-Friday 7-7

  • Drop in center
  • Counseling, crisis intervention, benefits advocacy, shelter and health referrals, socialization, food box referrals
  • Spanish services

Socialization Through Empowering Peers (STEP)

tel: (415) 552-1566
1095 Market Street, Suite 602, Monday-Friday 8-4

  • Client-run socialization program for individuals in residential care facilities
  • Peer staff visit residential care facilities and provide activities and outings
  • Outings are scheduled monthly at various locations in the city

Larkin Street Youth Services

tel: (415) 673-0911 / fax: 749-3838
1138 Sutter Street

  • Services for youth
  • Peer based substance abuse treatment program
  • Safe temporary housing for homeless children
  • Assisted Care comprehensive housing system for HIV+ youth
  • Medical clinic, mental health and substance abuse assessments, HIV prevention program

Hyde Street Clubhouse (Bayview Clubhouse)

tel: (415) 928-6500

259 Hyde Street

  • Group oriented community rehabilitation for individuals with psychiatric diagnosis and referral from a mental health professional or clinic
  • Medical and private insurance accepted
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