Support Groups in Athens

English-speaking support groups and meetings in Athens for AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) following the 12 Steps programme, drug aid, cancer support meetings, AIDS and more. See this page for contact information...

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

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous in Greece has a website with information on AA Greece and local meetings in English.

Drug Abuse

Narcotics Anonymous hold local weekly open and closed meetings in Attica. Most of the meetings take place in Greek, however, there are some foreign language, including English meetings in Athens.

  • For a list of meetings in Athens and Attica: Click here
  • For information or help Tel: 210 347 4777 between 18:30 and 20:00

OKANA is an organisation for drug addicts and their families. The website has information on recovery programmes and treatments in Greece.

  • OKANA (in Greek)
    At
    : Averof street 21, 104 33 Athens
    email

HIV/Aids

HIVAIDS.gr is a Greek medical site about HIV and AIDS with information on the HIV test, living with HIV, AIDS clinics and patients' rights. They also have an information and help line:

  • Tel: 210 722 2222

Synthesis is an HIV/AIDS support group (in Greek).

Cancer Support

The Hellenic Cancer Society is a non-profit organisation providing information on cancer and campaigning for prevention and the establishment of hospices in Athens and Thessaloniki. They have an Open Telephone line for moral support and help with many issues related to cancer, including information on state facilities for treatment and social services.

The Neo Humanist Centre organises a monthly support group for women with breast cancer or that have had breast cancer.

Women's Support

The Hellenic Association for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse aims to raise public awareness on sexual abuse, promote and support treatment programmes and eliminate sexual victimisation.

Women who have been victims of abuse or violence can contact one of the offices of Counseling For Women Victims of Violence. The offices and the emergency line can provide legal advice, support and social assistance.

  • Tel: 210 331 7305
    Athens Office at: Nikis street 11, 105 57 Athens
    email
    Open: from 08:30-18:00
  • Piraeus office at: Alkiviadou street 76, 185 32 Piraeus 
    Tel: 210 411 2091
    email
    Open: from 08:30-18:00

Family Support

SOS Missing Children is a helpline providing support and information for parents of missing children. The helpline operates in ten countries in Europe and is available 24/7.

 

The Archdiocese of Athens (KESO) operates a Family Support Centre and can provide shelter and support for women who have been victims of abuse.

  • Family Support Centre 
    At
    : Akadimias street 95, 106 71 Athens
    Tel: 210 381 1274 / 210 384 1536

Family Planning and Sexual Health

The Family Planning Association of Greece (FPAG) provides information and education on planned parenthood and all family planning issues.

  • FPAG
    At
    : Alkaiou street 10, 115 28 Athens
    Tel: 210 728 6332
    email

Mental Health

The National Center for Immediate Social Assistance (EKAKB) provides crisis counselling and support for all mental and social issues.

  • EKAKB
    At
    : Vassilissis Sofias avenue 135, 115 28 Athens
    Tel: 213 203 9706

Two centres for children's mental health are available in Athens.

  • Child Mental Health Center (IKA)
    At
    : Arahovis street 17 and Ippokratous street, 106 80 Athens,
    Tel
    : 210 360 4919 / 210 364 1681
    email

Children's Support

A national helpline is available for children who are in danger or suffer from physical harm and abuse.

Newcomer's Groups

The American Women's Organization of Greece helps newcomers in Greece to integrate in their new environment. They organise a number of events and social activities, as well as voluntary work and community services.

Newcomers in Athens is an informal group providing help and support to newcomers in north and central Athens.

Athens Wing is an international networking group, open to women of all nationalities.