Casper Minds, LLC. A local organization (based in Haymarket) focusing on
social skills for kids on the autism spectrum. This includes parent
support groups and advocacy. Check out their newsletters.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law--For more than 30 years, the Bazelon Center
for Mental Health Law has been the nation's leading legal advocate for the rights
of people with mental disabilities.
Because I Love You--support group for parents raising difficult children. The closest
group is in Bethesda, MD, but there are useful links and handouts on the site.
Beliefnet--A one-stop site for spirituality and world religions, includes guided
Bereaved Parents of the USA Northern Virginia Chapter. Support group meets on the
4th Sunday of each month at 3 PM at Potomac Hospital in the Hylton Educational Center,
Room A. Contact chapter leader Jodi Norman at email@example.com (814-266-0255)
or coleader Gay Shelby at firstname.lastname@example.org (703-869-1363).
Bipolar Support Group in Woodbridge. For those with Bipolar Disorder. Meets every
other Wednesday at 7:30 PM at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge. Contact email@example.com
or 703-953-2449. A similar group meets in Centreville every Tuesday at 7:30 PM.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (703) 803-6442. A support group for Family
and Friends of people with Bipolar Disorder meets every other Tuesday at 7 PM in
Centreville. Contct email@example.com or call (703) 803-6442. For information
on the Bipolar Support Group of Northern Virginia, their website is http://www.dbsanova.org.
CHADD--For Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Click
on "Support" for information on support groups. A new CHADD parent support group
is now meeting at 7:30 PM on the first Monday of each month at Bethel United Methodist
Church in Woodbridge, at the corner of Smoketown and Minnieville Roads. For more
information, email Jessica Stoops. Other groups meet in Warrenton, Annandale/Springfield,
Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia/Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. Informal social group
forming. Contact Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (703) 680-5231
Clutters Anonymous. For poeople who want help eliminating excessive clutter. Call
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center PEATC has an excellent resource list
of Support Groups of various types in Virginia, including ADHD, autism, brain injury,
early intervention, emotional disabilities, Tourettes, and more.
Parents Anonymous--Parents Anonymous® encourages all parents to ask for help early,
whatever their circumstances, to effectively break the cycle of abuse to protect
today's children and strengthen tomorrow's generation of parents.
Parents Without Partners--Parents Without Partners provides single parents and their
children with an opportunity for enhancing personal growth, self-confidence and sensitivity
towards others by offering an environment for support, friendship and the exchange
of parenting techniques.
Recovery, Inc.--Offers free support groups in the D.C./VA area for people struggling
with anxiety, fear, depression, panic, anger, and other mental, nervous, and emotional
problems. Use the link or call (301) 431-1818.
SAVAS--Sexual Assault Victim's Advocacy Service for Prince William County. Support
for survivors of sexual assault and their friends and family members. Services include
crisis counseling, court and police accompaniment, hospital advocates, self-defense
courses, and outreach. Woodbridge Office: (703) 497-1192. Manassas Office (703)
361-2634. 24 hour helpline (703) 368-4141. Now forming (9-03): Partners of Survivors
(of childhood sexual abuse) Support Group. Other groups include Boundaries, AMAC
(Adults Molested as Children) for men and women, teens, and parents.
TOUGHLOVE® International is a non-profit, self-help organization that provides ongoing
education and active support to families, empowering parents and young people to
accept responsibility for their actions.
The Trillium--A drop-in center whose mission is to provide a stress-free, stigma-free
atmosphere for people 18 and over who are mental health consumers
U-Turn--Prince William County Support group for teens wanting to stop using alcohol
or drugs. This is run by the New Horizons program. Monthly meetings are held on
the 4th Wednesday of each month, 7-8 PM at the Sudley North Admin. Building. For
more information, call Mari Brooks at (703) 792-5928 or Jill Gordy at (703) 792-7745
Virginia Federation of Families. Responding to families and friends of children
with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Contact: 877-264-8366 or 804-264-8428.