There are some very helpful support groups and education groups in our community where you can increase your knowledge and feel supported. Below are some groups that may be beneficial for family members and friends supporting someone that is struggling.

General Mental Health Support Group

*Please note, that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this group is operating virtually.

The 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Grand River Hospital
835 King St W Room #F167 (near the mental health entrance)
For further questions call Heather Jennings 519-749-4300 ext 3615

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Adult Family Education Series

Adult family education is a service run by CMHA Waterloo Wellington and is offered specifically to family members and caregivers who are supporting an adult with mental health and/or addiction issues.

For more information, you can visit: Adult Family Education | CMHA Waterloo Wellington (

“Supporting the Supporter” Group

The “Supporting the Supporter” group is facilitated by Self Help and Peer Support Waterloo Wellington. It is a weekly support group for friends and family that are supporting individuals who live with mental health and/or addiction. Peer-led discussions about mental health, addictions, and how best to be supportive while considering personal boundaries, community resources and self care.

For more information, you can visit: Self Help & Peer Support – CMHA Waterloo Wellington (

Parents for Children’s Mental Health Groups

Parents for Children’s Mental Health has a Waterloo Chapter which hosts different peer support groups and events for parents of children with mental health issues or illnesses.

For more information, you can visit: Find a Peer Support Chapter – Children’s Mental Health Ontario ( and scroll to Waterloo.

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