HopeWay strives to be seen as an educational leader and advocate in our community to increase understanding, awareness and acceptance of the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
Mental Health Support Groups in Charlotte, NC
Located at 1717 Sharon Road West, Charlotte, NC 28210. Only adults 18+.
Dual Diagnosis Support Group
Mondays 5:30 - 6:45pm
Led by Melissa Bigger, LCSW, LCAS
Often times when people are experiencing a mental health condition, they utilize substances as a way to cope. While this is an unhealthy coping mechanism, it is important to understand the relationship between mental health and substance abuse/misuse. This group focuses on increasing awareness about the impact substance use and mental health have on one another and how to lessen addictive behaviors. The group will provide general support for both mental health and substance use, an opportunity to process the impact of these behaviors, and psychoeducational tools to cope with these behaviors. The clinician will utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help improve coping skills and reduce maladaptive behaviors. Topics will include triggers, the disease model of addiction, coping skills, consequences of co-occurring disorders, and relapse prevention. Members will be encouraged to share experience, strength, and hope to support one another in managing symptoms related to both mental health and addiction.
Men's Support Group
Mondays 5:30 - 6:45pm
Led by Andrew Harris, MS, LCMHC
Men often do not seek mental health treatment because of the additional stigma which can lead to avoidance, anger, isolation and substance abuse. This group provides a safe space for men to communicate and receive support through general processing. Psychoeducational topics include relapse prevention, self-awareness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, healthy relationships, life adjustments, parenting skills/ support, stress management, mood disorders, anxiety, and self-esteem.
After Care Support Group
Mondays 5:30 - 6:45pm
Led by Sheri Tiziani, MS, LCMHCS
The After Care Group is an opportunity for individuals who have already completed some type of mental health treatment to receive ongoing support. This group allows participants to process generally and receive and provide support, as well as review psychoeducational topics related to relapse prevention, self-awareness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, healthy relationships, life adjustments, parenting skills/support, stress management, mood disorders, anxiety, and self-esteem. Self-reflection is encouraged as a way to provide insight into patterns contributing to both mental health struggles and wellness.
Family Support Group
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:45pm
Only available for immediate adult family members of HopeWay clients. (10-week commitment)
Led by Erin Dos Reis, LCSW
The group will help each family unit to better understand what their loved one is learning while at HopeWay, what to expect during treatment and how to best support them on their mental health journey. Family members will have an opportunity to process, and receive and provide support. The clinician will focus on general mental health education and psychoeducational topics related to relapse prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, self-awareness and parenting skills/ support. This could also be appropriate and beneficial for HopeWay alumni families.
Charlotte Organizations and Local Mental Health Resources
The following list is provided for our clients who may need additional services for continuum of care and/or for family members who need information and support.
AA Meetings in Charlotte, NC
Al-Anon and Alateen help friends and families of alcoholics.
Collegiate recovery is support for students in recovery from addiction seeking a degree in higher education. The Associate of Recovery in Higher Education is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs, communities, the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them. ARHE provides the education, resources, and community connection needed to help change the trajectory of recovering student's lives.
Started as a town initiative and led by citizens, Davidson Lifeline to address a devastating number of suicides and attempted suicides. The community, in partnership with CHS, CMS, MHA and others, banned together to try to eliminate barriers to mental health services. They offer education, events, and resources.
Hope After Suicide Loss
A peer facilitated support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide. Davidson LifeLine’s Jaletta Desmond was trained by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) as a peer facilitator. The Davidson group meets the second Thursday of every month throughout the year. A second group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Open to anyone (18+) who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. Contact Jaletta for registration and details at email@example.com or call or text (980) 689-0136. No cost.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
EAPs are an employer-sponsored service designed to assist employees with personal or family problems, including mental health, substance abuse, various addictions, marital problems, emotional problems, or financial or legal concerns. EAP services are usually made available to both the employee and their spouse, children, and non-marital partner living in the same household. This article, by the American Psychiatric Association, gives a good overview of EAPs.
IDEA is a law that ensures eligible children with disabilities have the intervention and services necessary to be successful. For students who are preparing to go off to college, this article on the U.S. Department of Education website may be helpful.
Since 1933, MHA has been the voice of hope for persons affected by mental illness. Though the organization's name has changed over the years and coverage has widened to include Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties, our focus of advocacy and education has not altered. They have a mental health provider directory, workshops, and programs.
NAMI's mission is to protect the dignity of and improve the quality of life for individuals and their families living with the effects of severe and persistent mental health conditions through advocacy, education, and support. They have support groups, education, and a lot of resources such as a suggested reading list.
Founded in 1987, PFLAG Charlotte is an official chapter of PFLAG National - a national organization of parents, families, friends and allies united with LGBTQ people to advance equality and to promote a world that is safe and inclusive for LGBTQ family members and friends.
PRN was started in 2006 in Charlotte, NC as Mecklenburg's promise to embrace all people and create opportunities for wellness, healing, and transformation. PRN is a peer-run organization that employs people in recovery to partner with individuals, families, communities, and organizations to advance recovery from emotional distress, mental health and substance use challenges.
SSA provides assistance to people with disabilities and the benefits they may be entitled to.
Teen Health Connection is a healthcare practice that provides medical and mental health education services for adolescents ages 11 to 22. They are a medical home that offers comprehensive, integrated healthcare services delivered by a multidisciplinary team of adolescent specialists in a safe, family-centered environment.
This organization provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services to people with disabilities.
Therapeutic Skills to Support Mental Health
Discover the four benefits of mindful eating and how to practice eating mindfully in your daily life. Learn more about nutritional wellness here.
Participate at home in a metta meditation with our meditation practitioner.
Discover how to use art as a way to relieve stress and dig deeper into unfamiliar or uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Learn more about art therapy here.
Practice this simple breathing technique that can help regulate breathing when feelings of anxiety or stress arise.
The idea of being grounded is really just about being connected to the present moment and this technique is a great tool to use when feeling anxious or overwhelmed.
Understanding Radical Acceptance
Radical acceptance is a powerful DBT tool. You can learn more about the 10 steps of radical acceptance here.
Drumming Down Stress & Anxiety
Discover some of the mental health benefits of drumming and music therapy and how you can practice at home. Learn more about music therapy here.
Benefits of Horticultural Therapy
The benefits of nature are endless - gardening, hikes in the woods, mowing your lawn. Here is an easy Horticultural Therapy exercise to do at home. Learn more about horticultural therapy here.
Guided Meditation - Standing in the Rain
Participate in this free guided meditation that combines mindfulness and art therapy to help center your thoughts.
Putting Thoughts on Trial
Practice putting your thoughts on trial, an effective CBT tool to challenge negative core beliefs and thoughts. Learn more about how to put your thoughts on trial here.
Have you, or someone you love, ever thought about suicide? Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Click HERE to read more about suicide prevention from HopeWay's Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Tom Gettelman.
Suicide can affect all of us and we encourage you to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of someone in need. Ask questions. Talk about it. Reach out and get help.
Here are some additional suicide prevention resources you may find helpful:
suicide costs the U.S. $69 billion annually
(American Foundation for
of college students reported feeling so depressed, it was difficult to function
(American College Health Association)
suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
(American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)