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

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

Drug Abuse

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.

  • VAD
    At: Vanderlindenstraat 15, 1030 Brussels 
    Tel: 02 423 03 33

HIV/AIDS

SENSOA is an organisation promoting sexual health in Flanders. Sensoa provides information, support, sexual education and promotes the integration of people with HIV.

  • SENSOA
    At
    : President Building, Franklin Rooseveltplaats 12, 2060 Antwerp
    Tel: 03 238 68 68
    email

Aide Info SIDA is an organisation offering support and information about AIDS.

  • Tel: 0800 20 120

Cancer Support

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.

Divorce

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.

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.

Mental Health

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.

Victim Support

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 Disorders

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