Community-based Support Groups

The purpose of designated support groups - as contrasted with informal groups of friends - is to provide a safe and caring place to be heard, to share concerns and to find support. Such groups often have guidelines that only one person talks at a time, talk time is shared evenly, participants don’t judge or offer advice (unless asked), and what’s said in the group does not leave the group. Some groups are “closed” to new members or require approval by the sponsoring organization. Many are “open” and free like those below.
 
Depression and Bipolar Support Group. Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. at Snowden, side door to Rm 119. Informal and friendly, led by an individual who has completed training for a Masters degree in the field and who is being professionally mentored while gaining field experience. Contact (540) 371-2704.

Dual Recovery Anonymous. Tuesdays 5:00 - 6 p.m. and Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Snowden. For individuals with both chemical addition and emotional illness challenges. Meet at Snowden, in Fredericksburg, use side entrance to Rm 119. Adults of all ages. Group is conceptually guided by the national DRA publications (http://draonline.org). Contacts are Tom and Dawn L. at (540) 413-6681.

Family Member Support Group2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Mary Washington Hospital, 1001 Sam Perry Blvd, Fredericksburg, 1 West-B conference room (ask at Information Desk). For those who have a family member with mental illness. Contact Katie Samulevich of NAMI, at katiesam32@aol.com or at (540) 846-3332.
 
Survivors of Suicide Support Group2nd & 4th Thursdays from 7 - 8:30 pm, Fredericksburg Baptist Church, Room PA111, (corner of Princess Anne and Amelia Streets). For those who have experienced suicide of a family member. (Group is professionally facilitated.) Contact (540) 371-2704 weekdays.

WRAP Graduate Support Group. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, 813 Sophia St., downtown Fredericksburg. For individuals who have completed a self-help workshop called Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). Contact Carroll Morgan at (540) 760-6928.

Comprehensive Support Group Listing.  The most comprehensive listing of support groups in the Rappahannock Region is included in the Community Bulletin Board maintained by Fredericksburg Counseling Services, (540) 373-2320, http://www.fcsagency.org/. The list can be viewed on their website by clicking on the large button “Professionals.” Look for the small colored lettering “Info” that indicates the current month and click on it. (The long file starts with a table of contents.)
 
Additional Resources
 
Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB).  The RACSB is committed to improving the quality of life for people residing in Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotslyvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline with mental health, intellectual disability, and substance abuse problems and to preventing the occurrence of these conditions. For additional information click here: RACSB.
 
Service Provider Listing. Click here for: Local Service Provider Listing to see a comprehensive list of service providers in the regional area.  The list includes such information as the names, locations and specializations of treatment professionals, the type of care they provide and what type of insurance they accept.  (This list is graciously provided by Mental Health America of Fredericksburg.)