CopShock: Second Edition
Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

by Allen R. Kates, MFAW, BCECR

Finding Local Support Groups

Information on local support or self-help groups can be found in several ways. Local libraries and hospitals usually provide handbooks of community resources. Major groups are frequently listed in the telephone book under social service agencies. National groups can provide information about local support groups. Self-help does not mean you try to cope alone. It means you seek help from others.

American Self-Help Clearinghouse (ASHC)
This organization provides a searchable online database of over 1,100 mutual aid support groups, and offers materials and assistance in starting new types of groups. Support groups include those for crime victims, car accident survivors, abuse victims, alcoholism, abusive parents and many others.
   The website also lists local self-help group clearinghouses in the U.S. with toll-free 800 numbers, as well as worldwide groups that provide similar services.
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