Support Groups in the Amsterdam

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

Below you will find information on the various support organisations and helplines in the Amsterdam, and in particular in the provinces of North Brabant and Limburg, including:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous in the Amsterdam has an English-language version of its website, which gives information on meetings throughout the country.

For up-to-date information on local meetings, contact:

Drug Abuse

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. There are English-speaking meetings in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht.


  • AIDS infoline
    0900 204 2040 (in English)
    Open: Monday to Friday, 14:00-22:00

Cancer Support

Cancer Care in the Amsterdam is usually handled by one of eight comprehensive cancer centres (CCCs). They are there to provide patient care, as well as to help relatives and to conduct further research.

Each CCC has a catchment area of between five and twenty hospitals. The Association of Comprehensive Cancer Centres (ACCC) co-ordinates these and provides information for patients and carers.

  • Association of Comprehensive Cancer Centres (ACCC)
    : Trindeborch building, 5th floor, Catharijnesingel 53, Utrecht
    Tel: 030 234 3780 
    Fax: 030 234 36 32 

ACCESS Cancerlink

ACCESS Cancerlink is an English-speaking network providing support to those with cancer and their family and friends. Telephone support is available on a weekly basis.

  • Helpdesk Tel: 070 346 2525

Victim Support

The national Victim Support organisation (Slachtofferhulp Nederland) has a website, as well as 75 regional offices throughout the Amsterdam. The organisation provides legal advice and practical support to victims of attack, break-ins, burglaries and muggings, domestic and sexual violence, traffic accidents and stalking.

Regional offices can be contacted by email via their website, by using the local tariff number above, or by visiting a local office.

Addresses for Southern Holland:

  • North Brabant
    : Geldropseweg 86a, 5611 SK Eindhoven
  • Limburg region
    : Om de Toren, 6191 KZ Beek

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.

  • Tel: 116 000

Family Planning and Sexual Health

There is a telephone support line for victims of sexual abuse:

  • Tel: 0900 899 8411
    Open: weekdays 09:00-23:00, weekends 15:00-23:00

Rutgers Nisso Group

The Rutgers Nisso Group is a national group dedicated to promoting sexual and reproductive health. It publishes booklets and trains healthcare professionals who help with family planning and counselling victims of sexual harassment and violence.

Mental Health

Mental Health issues are dealt with by various agencies. Many municipalities have responsibility for implementing policy in their region.

The Regional Institute for Outpatient Mental Health Care (RIAGG) is the main provider and has local websites and premises.

Women's Support Groups

These numbers will reach the crisis centres (daily, 24 hours a day):

  • Battered Wives (mishandelde / bedreigde vrouwen)
    Tel: 070 392 5774 (The Hague)
    Tel: 010 476 1680 (Rotterdam)

Further Information