There is no need to blindly walk life’s path alone with no support. Amsterdam has a range of support groups just waiting to help. Below you will find a wide selection of them. If you need them, just call. All sites are in English unless otherwise stated.
Drug Support group NA
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit support group men and women for who have drug addiction issues. There are English-speaking meetings in Amsterdam. The NA website is full of useful resources and details about the meetings. NA is a structured and proven way of beating dependancy.
- Narcotics Anonymous
Tel: 06 22 34 10 50
Alcoholics Anonymous in the Amsterdam area has regular meetings. For up-to-date information on local meetings check the site. They even have a self-assessment section, so you can honestly see for yourself how alcohol is affecting your life. If you have an issue with alcohol, there are kind people just waiting to help and listen.
We have a dedicated information page here.
Medical advances mean we might see solutions for HIV / AIDS in the near future. In the meantime, it continues to be a major health issue. Prevention, testing and support is very well organised in The Netherlands.
Tel: 0900 204 2040 (in English)
Open: Monday to Friday, 14:00-22:00
A wide selection of support groups for HIV / AIDS is available on the Iamsterdam website.
There are 8 comprehensive cancer centres (CCCs) in The Netherlands. the conduct research, assist relatives and patients. They each work with a group of hospitals. the website is in Dutch here. You can also find information in English on The Netherlands Cancer Group site.
Mum’s Support Groups
It can get lonely sometimes being a mum in a foreign country. One of the best and most complete support groups and information centres for mums is The Amsterdam Mamas.
You can find their site here.
They also have a Facebook group here with 17k members.
Support for Mental Health Issues
Mental Health issues are dealt with by agencies and hospitals. Your first line of support is your GP. They will then recommend the next actions bases on their assessment of your condition. You may well be recommended to see a specialist such a a mental health professional in our listing here.
In case it is more serious, such as a personality disorder and you are a danger to yourself or others, you will be taken into secondary care and that might involve being hospitalised.
If you feel suicidal you can call 0900 0113 and the website is here.