Peer Support

The South Bay Project Resource (SBPR) Voices, Visions, and Realities: SBPR Support Group for Peers began Wednesday, May 25, 2016. If you want to join the group, please send us an e-mail: southbayprojectresource@gmail.com. For more information see theVoices, Visions, and Realities: SBPR Support Group for Peers below.

Eleanor Longden, John Read, Jacqui Dillon (2017): Assessing the Impact and Effectiveness of Hearing Voices Network Self-Help Groups, Community Mental Health Journal, DOI 10.1007/s10597-017-0148-1

ALAMEDA COUNTY  East Bay

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Voices, Visions and Different Realities Group  Berkeley, CA

Date/Time  Every Monday, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Group Facilitator(s)  Sederia Lewis

Location  North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709-2127

Public Transit  10 minute walk from BART North Berkeley or Downtown Berkeley stations

Phone

E-mail  bayareahearingvoices@gmail.com

Website  Bay Area Hearing Voices Network (BAHVN)

Click here for the BAHVN Voices, Visions and Different Realities Support Group for Peers flyer

Description  Meetings are subject to change, so please check the Website for updates. Anyone who has experienced voices, visions, extreme states or unusual beliefs is welcome to attend.

The support groups are co-facilitated by people who have lived experience with the mental health system. More importantly, we are counting on you to shape the direction the group takes in providing support for each other. This is a free, drop-in group.

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Special Messages Support Group Oakland, CA

Date/Time  Every Thursday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Group Facilitator(s)  Tim Dreby MFT #45563

Location  PEERS, 333 Hegenburger Road, Suite 250, Oakland, CA 94621-1473

Public Transit  AC Transit Bus # 73

Phone  (510) 832-7337

E-mail  special.messages7@gmail.com

Website  PEERS (Peers Envisioning and Engaging In Recovery Services)
Information about PEERS’ Special Messages Project
Click here for Special Messages Support Group flyer

Description  As of September 21, 2017 PEERS’ Special Messages program has “relaunch[ed] with increased vigor. Special Messages is a unique program that challenges the mainstream view of “Psychosis” with the concept of “Special Messages,” and seeks to engage isolated individuals who experience limited community participation.”

The Special Messages Support Group invites you to come share your story, hear about the experiences of others, and socialize about experiences that are often viewed as being taboo in many social settings.

We are currently in the process of being affiliated with the Bay Area Hearing Voices Network (BAHVN).

The Support Group is free, fun, and easily accessible to those who travel BART or live in East Oakland. Come check us out!

MARIN COUNTY

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Managing Voices and Negative Thoughts Group San Rafael, CA

Date/Time  2nd Tuesday of every month, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Group Facilitator(s)  Robin Buccheri, DNSc, RN, MHNP, FAAN, PhD

Location  Community Action Marin (CAM), Marin Health and Wellness Campus, Enterprise Resource Center, 3270 Kenner Boulevard, Bldg. A, 1st Floor, Suite C, San Rafael, CA 94901

Public Transit  Golden Gate Transit Bus #29, 35, 36

Phone  (415) 497-0651

Email  robinbuccheri@comcast.net

Website  Community Action Marin (CAM)

Click here for CAM’s Managing Voices and Negative Thoughts Group flyer

Description  Groups are free and on a drop in basis. They are open to all mental health clients who hear voices and/or have negative thoughts as well as families members and mental health professionals who would like to learn more about voices and/or negative thoughts. The group will be celebrating 20 years in August 2016.

SAN FRANCISCO – North Bay

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Voices, Visions and Different Realities Group  San Francisco, CA

Date/Time  2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Group Facilitator(s)  Heath Hodge, ACSW, and Dina Tyler

Location  Conard House’s Tech Café, 160 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-2603

Public Transit  10 minute walk from BART Civic Center/UN Plaza station

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E-mail  bayareahearingvoices@gmail.com

Website  Bay Area Hearing Voices Network (BAHVN)

Click here for the BAHVN Voices, Visions and Different Realities Support Group for Peers flyer

Description  Meetings are subject to change, so please check the Website for updates. Anyone who has experienced voices, visions, extreme states or unusual beliefs is welcome to attend.

The support groups are co-facilitated by people who have lived experience with the mental health system. More importantly, we are counting on you to shape the direction the group takes in providing support for each other. This is a free, drop-in group.

SAN MATEO COUNTY

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Hearing Voices Group  

Date/Time  call for details

Group Facilitator(s)  call for details

Location  Heart and Soul, Inc., The Source, 210 Industrial Road, Suite 205, San Carlos, CA 94070

Transportation: Need a Ride? Call 1-844-341-SOUL

Phone  (650) 232-7426

E-mail  christopherj@heartandsoulinc.org

Website  Heart and Soul, Inc.

Description  Hearing voices or experiencing Altered States can be very traumatizing. Thankfully, there is a way of communicating with your inner voice and experiencing an altered state in a whole new light. Stop by and share your experience with Hearing Voices and Altered States. Click here for The Source flyer.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY  South Bay

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Voices, Visions, and Realities: SBPR Support Group for Peers  Santa Clara, CA

Date/Time  Last Wednesdays of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Group Facilitator(s) Sophia Huang and Bill Scholtz

Location Santa Clara City Library, 2635 Homestead Road, Sycamore Conference Room, Santa Clara, CA 95051-5322

Public Transit  VTA Bus # 22, 57, 58, 81

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E-mail  southbayprojectresource@gmail.com

Website  South Bay Project Resource (SBPR)

Click here for the Voices, Visions, and Realities: SBPR Support Group for Peers flyer

Description  A free monthly drop-in peer support group for persons who experience hearing, seeing, and/or sensing things others cannot; unusual beliefs; paranoia in a safe, and confidential space to meet others and talk about their experiences.

Confirmed Groups  12/27/17, 01/24/18, 02/28/18, 03/28/18

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Grace Art & Wellness Program
Voices & Delusions
  San José, CA

Date/Time  Every Tuesday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Group Facilitator(s) Laura Capogeannis, Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS)

Location  Northside Community Center, 488 North 6th Street, San José, CA 95112. Group meets in the Community Room.

Public Transit  VTA Bus # 65

Grace Art & Wellness Program Phone  1 (408) 293-0422
Northside Community Center Phone 1 (408) 535-3570

Fax  (408) 277-2474

E-mail  na

Website  Grace Art & Wellness Program  Monthly Calendar

Website Friends of Grace for current Monthly Calendar

Description  The Voices & Delusions group is a process based group. Click here to learn more about “process based group“. Click here for the Voices & Delusions group flyer.

The Grace Community Center is a therapeutic recreation center which serves adults with mental illness and other cognitive disabilities.

Membership is required for participation in all programs and services (except special events and dances). New Member Orientation days are Monday or Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Northside Community Center. To apply to become a member, visit their Website or click here to download the Grace Art & Wellness Program Membership Application, a copy of an ID and a $5.00 lifetime membership fee is required to be turned in at the front desk.

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