Support Groups

Contact details for English-speaking support groups and meetings for AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), drug aid, cancer support meetings, AIDS and more...

There are various support organisations and helplines in Budapest and the rest of Hungary. Below is information on:

Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous Hungary provides information, meetings and a helpline. The website has details of meetings - day, time and location - taking place in Budapest and Szekszárd.

The Halfway Foundation (Félút Centrum) provides support services to adults suffering from alcohol and gambling addiction and their families. Both outpatient and residential care is available.

Drug Addiction

Blue Point (Kék Pont) was founded in 1996 and operates as a non-profit and non-governmental organisation. It provides healthcare, social and legal services for drugs addicts. Presently Blue Point operates in Budapest at three sites.

Cancer Support

There are numerous support groups, associations and organisations providing support for cancer sufferers and their families and friends.

The National Institute of Oncology is the centre for cancer prevention, training and treatment. There are departments for radiotherapy, chemotherapy, histopathology, diagnostic imaging, and nuclear medicine.

  • National Institute of Oncology
    : (1) 224 8600

The National Association of Cancer Patients (Rákbetegek Országos Szövetsége) is a non-profit organisation providing information about cancer, ongoing research, resources and a forum for questions related to cancer. It also has a helpline.

The Hungarian Hospice Foundation provides personalised care and aims to ensure pain control for cancer patients. The foundation provides services free of charge and psychological support to families of cancer patients.

The Children Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organisation providing financial assistance, vitamins, food supplements, medication and other donations to children with cancer and their families. The Foundation also provides information booklets, help and advice.

Family and Children Support

The Family, Child, Youth Association aims to support the protection of family and child welfare and provides training and services to helping professionals.

The Blue Line Children Crisis Foundation is a helpline for children and young people who want to talk about any type of problem or feel the need for support.

SOS Missing Children is a helpline providing support and information for parents of missing children. The helpline operates in 19 countries in Europe and is available 24/7.

Victim Support

The NANE Women's Rights Association is for women and children who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. The helpline is open working days between 18:00 and 22:00.

HIV Support

The Anonymous AIDS Association provides a 24 hour helpline in a number of languages and free of charge, anonymous HIV/AIDS testing. The Association can give advice, information and referrals to other organisations or support groups.

  • Anonymous AIDS Association
    : 1113 Budapest, (XI. district) Karolina út 35/B
    : (1) 466 9283 (Monday, Wednesday 17:00-20:00, Tuesday and Friday from 09:00-12:00)

Disability Support

The National Federation of Disabled Persons' Associations (MEOSZ) aims to protect the interests and legal rights of people with disabilities, and assists people with special needs with rehabilitation, education, employment, and cultural and social life issues.

Mental Health Support

The National Mental Health Support hotline (LESZ) provides a 24 hour helpline for people who are depressed or suicidal.

Stop Smoking Support

The Hungarian Society of Hypertension has a helpline and website with information and advice on stopping smoking.

Pharmacists can also provide help and advice about stopping smoking.

Immigration Support

The Hungarian Association for Migrants (Menedék) is a charity providing help and information on immigration and asylum law. It offers free services and a counselling service in Budapest.