crisis information

The following groups are free and open to any adult who could benefit from the support and education they provide. *PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 SOME MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY CHANGED.

Why Join a Support Group?

Support groups are a great opportunity to connect with others dealing with similar situations in life sharing stories, perspectives, inspiration, and empathy. Emotional support from peers as well as trained leaders can be a very effective way to help with recovery, support those with mental illness, learn other's perspectives on common human challenges, and develop healthy emotional connection. We often think we are the only ones with our struggles, but coming together with others can remind us that we are not alone.

MHA Sponsored Support Groups

Suicide Loss Support Group

Location: WIRCO - Bridge Recovery Center
730 Erie Ave. Sheboygan, WI 53081

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Meets the last Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. The Suicide Loss Support Group is a peer-led, facilitated support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. (Recommend 16 years of age and older.) Join to share, listen, or simply be among others who understand your feelings and have shared a common tragedy. There are no judgments.

LOCATION:  WIRCO (Wisconsin Recovery Community Organization) Bridge Recovery Center. 730 Erie Ave. Sheboygan (located near Fountain Park off 8th St. downtown). Parking on street or in back lot. 

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Compassionate Parents Support Group

Location: Open Door Drop-in Center
817 N. 8th St. Sheboygan, WI 53081

Compassionate Parents Grief Support Group MHA in Sheboygan County

Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. If you are grieving the death of your child, we invite you to join us for friendship, understanding, support, and a listening ear.

LOCATION: The Open Door Drop-in Center through VistaCare - 817 N. 8th St. Sheboygan, WI 53081 

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Grieving Hearts Support Group

Location: VIRTUAL
Email facilitator for ZOOM link

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Meets every other Wednesday virtually through ZOOM at 6:30pm (beginning Wed., December 2, 2020). Grief is a response to loss and reflects what we love. It can feel all-encompassing and overwhelming. This support group intends to provide a space for individuals to share their grief in a safe space. Join to share, listen, or be among others who understand your feelings. There are no judgments. We recommend all participants be over 18 years of age.

SPACE LIMITED - Email facilitator Dorothy McElroy to register and receive zoom link:

Peer Facilitator: Dorothy McElroy
Grief Support Specialist and End of Life Doula
Founder of Worldwide Dragon Shooting Day-Grief Awareness
Watch Dorothy's TED Talk

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MHA National online mental health support group and discussion community CLICK HERE


There are additional local community support groups available for differing concerns, topics and circumstances throughout the county. Please search our Sheboygan County Community Mental Health Directory for additional assistance.

Support Group Facilitator Training Program

Are you currently running a support group? Are you interested in leading a peer led support group? Join us for a webinar and live discussion on support group facilitation exploring the various roles of the peer group facilitator. Topics discussed include:

  1. Creating a safe atmosphere in which people feel secure enough to open up about their thoughts
  2. Empower people to speak and share their thoughts and opinions
  3. Group agreements about the basic rules or format of the group
  4. Facilitation skills
  5. Conflict resolution and working successfully with disruptive members
  6. Problem solving
  7. Boundaries
  8. Confidentiality
  9. Effective communication
  10. Facilitator self-care
  11. Handling crisis situations
  12. Following up with members who stop attending

Webinars happen sporadically throughout the year. Please contact us below filling out the message section expressing interest in the MHA Facilitator Training Program.