Mental Health Awareness Month: Which support group is right for me?

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Staff and volunteers at the Brightwood Community Center in Healing Circle Training, learning to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. (Photo provided/Shonna Majors)
Staff and volunteers at the Brightwood Community Center in Healing Circle Training, learning to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. (Photo provided/Shonna Majors)

The phrase “it takes a village” does not just apply to raising a child or caring for a loved one — it extends to mental health, too.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Recorder has put together a list of support groups around Marion County that cater to those experiencing several things that could impact one’s overall mental wellness, including grief, substance abuse, postpartum mood disorders or mental health disorders. 

“By sharing your experiences in a safe setting, you can gain hope and develop supportive relationships,” according to the National Alliance for Mental Illness. “It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. You’ll benefit from other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and empower yourself by sharing your own experiences in a non-judgmental space.”

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Domestic violence

Open Domestic Violence Support Group (Female-Identifying)

Gene Glick Family Support Center, 1575 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St.

Firefly Children and Family Alliance offers several resources and programming for those facing domestic violence — including survivor counseling, support and advocacy and batter’s interventions. The support group is designed for female-identifying adults who are currently or have previously experienced domestic violence. The group offers several weekly meetings; times and locations are provided after registration.

fireflyin.org

The Julian Center

2011 N. Meridian St.

The Julian Center is the largest domestic violence shelter in Indiana, offering support and advocacy services to aid survivors with emergency shelter, crisis intervention, legal services, advocacy, self-sufficiency and youth enrichment programming.

juliancenter.org

Grief

Brooks’ Place

8935 N. Meridian Street, Suite 200

Brook’s Place offers ongoing grief support for children and adolescents experiencing sudden loss of a loved one as well as members of marginalized and underserved communities who have been affected by death of a loved one, including homicide. Groups are $30 per month, and registration is required.

brookesplace.org/programs

GriefShare

Chapel Rock, 2020 N Girls School Road

GriefShare is a program that offers grief recovery support groups that meet weekly to help cope with the loss of a loved one. Each GriefShare session includes a video seminar, a support group discussion and a personal study and reflection time. Groups are held in different churches — including Chapel Rock, Light of the World and Castleton United Methodist Church — across the city. Days, times and costs vary.

griefshare.org/countries/us/states/in/cities/indianapolis

Mental health

NAMI Family Support Group

The First Congregational United Church, 7171 N. Pennsylvania St.

National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, hosts recurring virtual and in-personal support groups for individuals and families living with mental illness or in recovery. The Nora Family Support Group meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. The group is free to attend, and registration is not required.

namiindiana.org

Brightwood Community Center

2140 N. Arsenal Ave.

The Brightwood Community Center aims to address trauma within the community by welcoming members into healing circles to discuss various topics. Women’s Healing Circles address topics of forgiveness, self-love, intimate partner concerns and codependency, while men’s healing circles address stress coping mechanisms, intimate partner concerns, healthy masculinity and health concerns. The healing circles are free to attend.

brightwoodcc.org/programs-impact

Postpartum

Postpartum Support Group 

IU Health Carmel (Online)

IU Health offers a variety of virtual and in-person support groups for new parents, especially expecting mothers or those who have just given birth. This support group focuses on giving pregnant and postpartum moms struggling with emotional changes the space they need to cope. The group meets online from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays and is free to attend. Registration is required.

iuhealth.org

Indianapolis Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group

Ascension St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, 8550 Naab Road suite 201

From 7-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month, The Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ Office of Marriage and Family Life hosts a support group for parents grieving the loss of a pregnancy or infant. The support group is free to attend, and registration is not required.

marriageandfamily.archindy.org

Substance abuse

CRAFT Family Support Group

Community Fairbanks Recovery

CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) offers both online and in-person groups across the state. The group includes a non-confrontational, family- and friends-based intervention to help loved ones struggling with substance abuse. This group takes place at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Castleton. For more information, contact Patrick King at PKing4@ecommunity.com.

overdoselifeline.org/events/craft-family-support-group/2024-05-15/

Moms Heal Together Group 

IU Health Community Health, Bloomington, 333 E. Miller Dr.

This in-person group meets from 10 a.m. to noon every other Tuesday to help pregnant and postpartum moms battling present or past substance abuse issues.

reg.learningstream.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0026-0021-

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th Street, Door 4, RM 125W

National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, hosts recurring virtual and in-personal support groups for families and those in recovery from substance abuse. This in-person group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday. It is free to attend, and registration is not required. Contact NAMI Greater Indianapolis via email or at (317) 257-7517 for more information.

namiindiana.org/programs/support-groups

Contrast Arts & Culture Reporter Chloe McGowan at 317-762-7848. Follow her on X @chloe_mcgowanxx.