Support Groups in Munich

Child abuse, drink or drug problems, HIV/AIDS, Red Cross, cancer support - helplines, support groups and crisis contacts in Munich...

Below find information on the various support organisations and helplines in the Munich area. While some have English-speaking staff and volunteers, there is no guarantee that English will be spoken.

Alcoholics Anonymous

There are a number of meetings in the Munich area, both closed and open.

Drug Abuse

Narcotics Anonymous(NA) offers English-speaking advice on drug dependencies and addiction. The south-German support network has an English section on its website.


Part of the local authority, the Munich Counseling Centre for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, including AIDS (Beratungsstelle zu sexuell übertragbaren Infektionen einschl. AIDS / STI-Ambulanz) provides advice and testing.

Cancer Support

The Cancer Infoline international medical hotline will provide contact details of the nearest cancer support advisor.

  • Cancer Infoline
    Tel: 0800 420 3040 (in German)
    Tel: 030 3100 3222 or 030 3100 3243

The Bavarian Red Cross(Bayerische Rotes Kreuz) provides cancer support and other services.

Homeless Support

The Bahnhoffsmission Münchner, at the main train station, is a shelter providing space for the homeless and for those in need of refuge.

Children's Helplines

  • Emergency Youth Counselling (Jugendnotdienst, Jugendhilfeverbund Just M S)
    : 089 829 903 14
  • Children and Youth Hotline (Kinder- und Jugendtelefon)
    Tel: 0800 111 0333

Family Planning & Sexual Health

The Federal Centre for Health Education (Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung - BZgA) offers advice on family planning and sexual health.

SBS (Beratungsstelle für Einzel-, Paar-, und Sexualberatung) provides advice on family planning and sexual health.

  • SBS
    : Clemensstraße 32, 80803 Munich
    Tel: 089 330 406 91

Women and men who have experienced a miscarriage or death of an infant can contact the Initiative Regenbogen for counselling and support.

Women's Support Groups

Bei Häuslicher Gewalt (BIG) offers help and support to women and their children who live with mental or physical abuse. It can provide help in a number of ways (email, phone, online chat, in person) and languages, including English. It also offers a mobile intervention service.

  • BIG
    Hotline: 030 611 0300
    Open: Daily 09:00-midnight

Women's refuges

The Bavarian Red Cross (Bayerische Rotes Kreuz) provides women’s support and other services.

The Frauenhaus München women’s shelter and refuge is available to providing housing to women in crisis.

Miscarriage counselling

Counselling is available from the Initiative Regenbogen for parents who have lost a child during pregnancy or shortly afterwards.

Mental Health

Münchner Insel is a church-operated counselling centre. It offers anonymous advice and guidance.

Resources for People with Disabilities

The Association for the Blind and Vision-Impaired (Bayerischer Blinden- und Sehbehindertenbund e.V.- BBSB) represents the interests of the blind and visually impaired and works to help them lead an independent life.

The Association for the Disabled and their Friends (Club Behinderter und ihrer Freunde e.V. - CBF) is a non-profit organisation that works to support and promote the concerns of people with disabilities. The association hosts events and activities, provides information and helps to provide solutions to problems members may be having.

Help for the Mentally Disabled (Lebenshilfe München) offers life-coaching for children, adolescents and adults with disabilities, as well as their families. The organisation also provides advice, schooling, day care, relief care and nursing support for families, and recreational activities.

Gay and Lesbian Support Groups

Sub is a gay support association that also runs a meeting place for gay men, friends, family and men seeking information about being gay in Munich. The centre has counselling services, language groups, a library, and bar.

  • Sub
    : Müllerstrasse 43, D-80469 Munich
    Tel: 089 260 3056