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

870 Market St., Suite 928
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Phone: Office (415)-421-2926, Warm Line (855)-845-7415
Email: info@mentalhealthsf.org

Offers a variety of self-help peer support groups, including a suicide survivors’ group and several groups for people with compulsive hoarding and cluttering issues, as well as a peer-run warm line for telephone support and referrals from people with lived experience of mental health challenges.

Depression & Bipolar Alliance of San Francisco

St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Lower Level Conference Rooms B & C
900 Hyde St. (at Pine)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415)-995-4792

Support groups for people who identify as having lived experience of depression, bipolar disorder, or other related mood disorders, as well as a separate support group for family and loved ones.

GLIDE Walk-In Center

330 Ellis St. (at Taylor)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-1pm & 2pm-4:30pm; Friday 8:30am-1pm
Phone: (415)-674-6032
Email: info@glide.org

GLIDE offers peer support, counseling, assisting in accessing public benefits and replacing lost birth certificates, rental assistance information, shelter reservations, and emergency items.

Haight Street Referral Center – Larkin Street Youth Services

1317 Haight St. (between Central and Masonic)
San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: (415)-522-1377
Email: Contact form available on website

For youth ages 24 and under. Available services include drop-in intake services with a case manager, medical and mental health care referrals, peer support groups, individual and group counseling, hygiene supplies and meals.

The Icarus Project – Bay Area Meeting @ Rock Paper Scissors Collective

2278 Telegraph Ave. (at 23rd)
Oakland, CA 94612
Hours: Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Email: nolaicarusproject@riseup.net

A peer-run support group that promotes transformation, self-empowerment, and hope amongst people living with or affected by experiences usually diagnosed and labeled as mental illnesses; this peer group explores alternatives to psychiatric options and conventional ways of talking about mental health.

La Raza Community Resource Center

474 Valencia St., Suite 100 (between 15th and 16th)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Hours: Vary by program
Phone: (415)-863-0764
Email: Contact form available on website

Open to low-income and primarily immigrant families in the Mission district, services include a food pantry, individual and family support groups, mental and physical health care services, clothing exchange programs and education programs to facilitate families’ adjustment to urban living in San Francisco; all services are available in Spanish.

National Alliance on Mental Illness San Francisco

315 Montgomery St., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone:(415)-905-6264
Email: info@namisf.org

Offers a variety of services, including peer-to-peer education groups and classes, various support groups for people with lived experience of mental health challenges, family support groups and education programs, as well as a Talk Line and a listing of support groups facilitated by other organizations.

Oasis Community Center – Office of Self-Help

1633 Mission St. (at Plum) 3rd Floor, Room 310
San Francisco, CA 94103
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am – 5pm
Phone: (415)-575-1400

Provides numerous peer support services including drop-in peer counseling, a peer- run Warm Line, acupuncture, a psychiatric nurse practitioner on –site, various support and activity groups, as well as limited shuttle service for loved ones visiting families members in out-of-town mental health facilities; services are available on limited days and times, so please call ahead for information.

Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS)

333 Hegenberger Rd. (at Edgewater)
Oakland, CA 94621
Phone: (510)-832-7337

Specializes in community trainings and wellness services centered in the values of hope, self-determination, self-empowerment, cultural responsiveness, and personal responsibility; offers regular WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) group meetings for people to take charge of and plan for their continued mental health wellness.

Sixth Street Self-Help Center

169-181 Sixth Street (between Mission and Howard)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415)-369-3040
Email: info@hospitalityhouse.org

Provides a variety of resources including peer counseling, access to telephones and restrooms, emergency supplies, an Employment Resource Center, skill-building workshops and self-care groups, medical triage, and case management.

Sutter Drop-in Center – Larkin Street Youth Services

1142 Sutter St. (between Larkin and Polk)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (800)-669-6196 or (415)-673-0911 ext. 5
Email: Contact form available on the website

Open to people ages 20 and under. A point of entry to more extensive homeless youth services, the Drop-In Center provides both immediate material support – meals, a social area to connect with peers, showers – as well as guidance into other resources such as medical intakes, peer groups, short-term counseling, and more.

Tenderloin Self-Help Center – Central City Hospitality House

290 Turk St. (at Leavenworth)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm
Phone: (415)-749-2100
Email: info@hospitalityhouse.org

Staffed by homeless and formerly homeless counselors and case managers, the Self-Help Center offers support in completing the steps necessary to secure benefits and housing, substance use counseling, and access to treatment programs, as well as a social space, access to amenities such as toilets, and weekly grocery distribution.

UCSF Alliance Health Project

1930 Market St. (at Guerrero)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415)-476-3902
Email: ahpinfo@ucsf.org

In addition to offering HIV testing and prevention services, psychotherapy and counseling intakes, and health and wellness classes, Alliance Health Project hosts a variety of both drop-in and registration-only support and therapy groups for LGBTQI people both HIV positive and negative.

The Women’s Building Community Resource Room

3543 18th St. #8 (between Linda and Lapidge)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 1pm-5pm; Wednesday 1pm-7pm; Thursday 11am-5pm
Phone: (415)-431-1180 ext. 11
Email: resourceroom@womensbuilding.org

Offers a wide variety of free and low-cost services in both English and Spanish, including a free drop-in computer lap and copy/print services, food pantry, yoga classes, tax preparation and legal assistance, public benefits screenings, and referrals to mental and other health programs; see website or call for information on specific program times.

 

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