Support Groups in Seoul

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

Note: while some groups have English-speaking staff and volunteers, there is no guarantee that English will be spoken.

Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous Korea has information on AA meetings in South Korea and details of local meetings in English. The AA Korea website also has details of recovery meetings for Al-Anon groups, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Codependents Anonymous and Adult Children of Alcoholics.

Drug/Nicotine Abuse

Narcotics Anonymous holds English-speaking meetings on Saturdays in Seoul from 17:00-18:00. There are also Skype meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Korean Association Against Drug Abuse provides a range of education programmes and workshops.

Eating Disorders

Overeaters Anonymous holds meetings in English on Sundays from 15:30-16:30.

Children's Support

SOS Children's Village Korea is a national helpline available for at-risk children or children suffering from physical harm and abuse.

Mental Health and Well-being

Codependents Anonymous (CoDA) is a fellowship of men and women with the common purpose of developing healthy relationships. English-speaking meetings take place in Seoul on Sundays from 17:00-18:00.

The Seoul Mental Health Centre provides crisis counselling and support for all mental and social issues.


The AIDS Information Centre is a Seoul medical site on HIV and AIDS. It provides information about the HIV test, living with HIV, AIDS clinics and patients' rights. They also have an information helpline.

The Korea Federation for AIDS/HIV Prevention offers free and anonymous HIV testing for foreigners.

Cancer Support

The National Cancer Information Centre is a national organisation providing information on cancer and campaigning for the prevention and early detection of cancer. The centre runs a nationwide helpline for moral support, family support, and help with other issues related to cancer.

Korean Adoptee Support

Global Overseas Adoptees' Link is an organisation providing support for the many issues related to adoption, in particular for Koreans adopted out of Korea.

Together with Korean Adoptees provides support for Korean adoptees.

Women's Support

Emergency Support Center for Migrant Women provides legal advice, support and social assistance to foreign women in their native languages.

The Korea Women's Hotline is an emergency helpline for victims of abuse or violence. It provides legal advice, support and social assistance.

The Korea Sexual Violence Relief Centre provides a counselling programme for victims of sexual abuse and educational initiatives for the prevention of sexual violence.

Family Planning

The Planned Population Federation of Korea provides information and education on planned parenthood and all family planning issues.

Newcomers' Groups

  • British Women's Club is a British group providing help and support to newcomers in Seoul
  • American Women's Club helps newcomers in Seoul to integrate. Organises a number of events and social activities as well as voluntary work and community services
  • SIWA is an international networking group open to women of all nationalities