A center has been established at UCLA to help people find or organize self-help groups for such problems as emotional and physical illness, addictions, violence and bereavement.
The California Self-Help Center at UCLA can be reached by calling a toll-free number, (800) 222-LINK.
"The remarkable fact is that there are self-help groups to fit the needs of most callers, and our computer bank selects the right group within minutes," said Gerald Goodman, a UCLA professor of psychology who heads the center. Marion Jacobs is co-director.
The center is one of five statewide self-help referral services in the nation, and has access to information on 2,000 programs including Adult Children of Alcoholics, Amputees in Motion, Batterers Anonymous, the National Stuttering Project and the Grandparents Support Group.