It is often helpful to meet with others who have similar experiences. In many cases peer help can be found through support groups. Check out:
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) – for people with depression or bipolar disorder
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – for people with a mental illness and their families
- Attemptsurvivors.com collects information about support groups for people who have lived through a suicide attempt or suicidal crisis.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
- Al-Anon and Alateen – for families affected by alcohol
- If you have lost someone to suicide there are support groups and other resources available for you too.
Several books also capture the trials and the hopeful recovery of others, including Eight Stories Up, This Is How it Feels, Cracked But Not Broken, and an Unquiet Mind, to name a few.