Advocacy and Support Groups

DBSA (Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance)


Loyola Clinical Centers TBI Survivors and Family Support Group

Loyola University’s Columbia Graduate Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD 21045


Graduate students in pastoral counseling and speech-language pathology will direct this group with direct supervision from licensed and certified professionals.  The group is for TBI survivors and their family and will focus on peer support, adjustment issues, and cognitive skills training.  The cost is nominal – sliding scale is available.  Individual and family therapy is also offered at the center.

Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health

10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 234, Columbia, MD 21044

410-730-8267 or 1-888-607-3637 / 410-730-8331 Fax /

The Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a grassroots coalition of family and advocacy organizations dedicated to improving services for children with mental health needs and their families and building a network of information and support for families across Maryland.  Visit our website to learn about Coalition initiatives and browse our online directory of resources.

NAMI-Howard County

9650 Santiago Road, Suite 1, Columbia, MD 21045

410-772-9300 / 410-772-9307 Fax /

NAMI – Howard County is a grassroots, self-help, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness, by providing education, support, advocacy, and outreach programs. Support Groups:  Call NAMI for information about support groups and education programs for family members and individuals who have a chronic mental illness.

On Our Own of Howard County, Inc.

6440 Dobbin Road, Suite B, Columbia, MD 21045, 410-772-7905 / 410-772-7906 Fax

Wellness & Recovery Center:  On Our Own of Howard County operates a Wellness & Recovery Center at various times on weekdays and weekends and on holidays for county residents who have a behavioral health issue (i.e. mental health or substance abuse disorders.)  This is a peer-operated service that provides socialization, advocacy, educational and natural support opportunities for individuals with mental illness.  Many of the recipients of mental health services who come to the Wellness & Recovery Center say it is a place to relax and feel comfortable.  Members share similar experiences and discuss ways of coping with their illness.

Transportation is provided for those individuals who would have a problem getting to the center without it.  Contact the Program Director at 410-772-7905 for further information.

Women’s Therapy Group, Columbia National Family Resiliency Center

Wednesdays 5:30- 7:00

The women’s group provides a wonderful opportunity for bonding and growth to occur.  Regardless of different circumstances, women share the commonality of caring and a desire to reach out to others.  This provides an environment that makes the group a warm, safe place to cope with current losses while receiving the support to go forward in life and make healthy changes.


~  Enhance self-worth and help each person to function in healthy ways.

~   Reduce isolation

~   Obtain support from others in a similar situation

~   Provide a safe, confidential arena to express feelings and cope with loss

~ Understand what changes/problems occurred in relationship in order to identify growth; areas that need work and what is healthy and important to pursue in future relationships

~  Understand patterns of relating that may stem from family of origin with an opportunity to make changes

~  Make constructive changes that help individuals to function positively in family, at work and with friends

There are usually 6-8 women in a group, peer counselors and one therapist.

Prior to the group, each woman has one individual session.  This helps women to identify specific concerns, get acquainted with the therapist and make a commitment to the group.

For more information regarding the group or fees, email or call 410-740-9553 x208

GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing)

Howard County Group Chapter

Arielle Sokoll-Ward