Support Groups in Flanders
Details on support groups and meetings for AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) following the 12 Steps programme, drug aid, cancer, mental health and AIDS support, and support for families and children...
There are various organisations and helplines in Flanders providing support, guidance and help. While some have English-speaking staff and volunteers, there is no guarantee that English will be spoken.
The Social and Psychological Health website for Belgium has information on a whole range of support groups and associations. It includes mental health centres and groups, rape and victim support centres, associations for parents of disturbed and violent children, family planning clinics and a host of other organisations.
A range of services are also offered in English by the Community Help Service – CHS, including a 24 hour crisis helpline in English.
- Tel: 02 648 40 14
Alcoholics Anonymous in Flanders has a website with lists of all the meetings throughout the region. Meetings are in Dutch or English. A telephone helpline is available.
- Tel: 03 239 14 15
- For details of meetings for English speakers: Click here
Al-Anon/Alateen holds a few meetings in English for anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else's drinking. The Flanders region is under the umbrella of Al-Anon/Alateen Netherlands.
- Tel: 03 218 50 56 (not all volunteers speak English)
- For details of meetings in English in Brussels: Click here
De Druglijn has information and advice for addicts.
- Tel: 078 15 10 20 (Monday to Friday from 10:00-20:00)
Narcotics Anonymous holds regular meetings in Antwerp and Hasselt. Most meetings in Antwerp are trilingual (Dutch-English-French). Meetings in Hasselt are in Dutch.
The Association for Alcohol (Vereniging voor Alcohol - VAD) coordinates most Flemish institutions and organisations dealing with alcohol, drug and other addictions.
At: Vanderlindenstraat 15, 1030 Brussels
Tel: 02 423 03 33
SENSOA is an organisation promoting sexual health in Flanders. Sensoa provides information, support, sexual education and promotes the integration of people with HIV.
Aide Info SIDA is an organisation offering support and information about AIDS.
- Tel: 0800 20 120
The Foundation Against Cancer in Belgium is the national cancer association and can provide help and information to patients and their families.
- The Foundation has an English speaker who can help patients and families: Click here
The Flemish Foundation Against Cancer (Vlaamse Liga Tegen KanKer) works to prevent cancer, reduce the number of deaths from the disease and assist those living with cancer.
- Flemish Foundation Against Cancer (in Dutch)
At: Koningsstraat 217, 1210 Brussels
Helpline Tel: 078 150 151
Tel: 02 227 69 69
Expat's Divorce Support Network provides informal support meetings for women who need advice, have a problem, question or just want to talk to someone about their divorce.
- Expat's Divorce Support Network
Tel: 0470 55 21 35
Family and Children Support
- Tel: 110 (Childfocus) or Tel: 103 (Children's helpline). Both numbers are free of charge
English-speaking families affected by AD/HD, and related conditions can obtain help from ADHD - ASC - Dyslexia Family Resources Belgium. This organisation is based in Brussels and covers the whole Belgian territory. It also maintains a list of English-speaking specialists available for diagnosis and treatment.
For help in English on a range of issues, call the Community Help Service helpline. It is anonymous, confidential and available 24 hours a day.
- Tel: 02 647 67 80
Similies (in Dutch) is a volunteer organisation supporting families and friends of those with mental health problems.
Rape victims should call SOS Viol.
- Tel: 02 534 36 36
Victims of domestic violence can contact the Domestic Violence helpline - Ecoute Violences Conjugales.
- Tel: 0800 30 030
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA) is a support group for people suffering from sex addiction. It provides a 12-step programme for recovery. Meetings take place in Antwerp, Ghent and Leuven.
- SCA (in Dutch)
Tel: 0498 53 31 98
- For a list of meetings and contact details in Flanders: Click here