Support Groups in Istanbul
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...
Information about the various support groups and organisations in Istanbul for drink or drug problems, HIV/AIDS, women's support, cancer support and more...
Turkish Red Crescent
The Turkish Red Crescent (K?z?lay) welcomes anyone in need of help for heath matters, as well as refugees, the wounded, and provides relief assistance in disasters.
- Turkish Red Crescent
At: Zincirlikuyu Road 17/2 Kas?mpa?a, Istanbul
Tel: 0212 235 88 66
Fax: 0212 297 43 43
Alcoholics Anonymous Turkey
AA Turkey (Ads?z Alkolikler) has a number of English-speaking meetings taking place in Istanbul and other locations in Turkey. There are also bilingual meetings held in Marmaris.
- Alcoholics Anonymous Turkey
Tel: 0312 230 03 40
- To download the list of English-speaking meetings in Turkey: Click here
The Medical Oncology Society (T?bbi Onkoloji Derne?i) is a non-profit organisation which provides information about cancer and campaigns for cancer awareness. The site also has information about alternative treatments for cancer, and clinics throughout Turkey.
- Medical Oncology Society (in Turkish)
At: Cumhuriyet Road, Eren Apt. 7/7 Elmada?, Taksim, Istanbul
Tel: 0532 284 93 16
The Turkish Association for Cancer Research and Control (Türk Kanser Ara?t?rma ve Sava? Kurumu Derne?i) is a research organisation, which holds seminars and conferences to raise public awareness.
- Turkish Association for Cancer Research and Control (in Turkish)
Tel: 0312 431 29 50
Fax: 0312 431 39 58
The Turkish Society of Lung Cancer (Türk Akci?er Kanseri Derne?i) informs the public about lung cancer through panels, seminars, and reports.
Narcotics Anonymous Turkey (Ads?z Narkotikler) has six NA groups in Turkey, of which three are in Istanbul.
The Centre for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Addiction (Ba??ml?l?k Tan? ve Tedavi Merkezi – BATEM) provides support and advice to drug addicts and their families. An appointment must be made prior to visiting.
- BATEM (in Turkish)
At: Ömür Apt. No. 55/2 Topa?ac? Te?vikiye ?i?li, Istanbul
Tel: 0212 291 11 56
Fax: 0212 234 72 93
Family Planning and Sexual Health
The Turkish Family Planning Association (Türkiye Aile Planlamas? Derne?i) provides information and education on family planning.
The Turkish Family Health and Planning Association (Türkiye Aile Sa?l??? ve Planlamas? Derne?i) is a family planning centre that offers consultations and advice to individuals and families.
- Turkish Family Health and Planning Association
At: Ulus District, 34760 Etiler, Istanbul
Tel: 0212 257 79 41
The Positive Living Association (Pozitif Ya?am Derne?i – PYD) provides support, training and counselling for individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families. Their aim is to raise public awareness and ensure better access to treatment.
- Positive Living Association
Tel: 0212 288 38 83
Fax: 0212 288 38 84
Legal Support, Tel: 0555 970 48 56 (from 10:00-19:00)
Mental Health Support
The Turkish Alzheimer Foundation (Türk Alzheimer Birli?i) provides help and support to patients, and counselling to their families.
- Turkish Alzheimer Foundation
At: Halaskargazi Road 115/4, Harbiye, Istanbul
Tel: 0212 224 41 89
Fax: 0212 296 05 79
The Association of Families Fighting Autism (Otizmle Mücadele Eden Aileler Derne?i – OMAD) provides information on autism.
The Tohum Autism Association (Tohum Otizm Vakf? – TOV) provides educational activities for people in need.
- Tohum Autism Association (in Turkish)
At: Cumhuriyet District, Abide-i Hurriyet Str No. 39, ?i?li, Istanbul
Tel: 0212 248 94 30
Women's Support Groups
The Women’s Shelter Foundation (Mor Çat?) campaigns against domestic violence towards women. They also offer consultations.
- Women’s Shelter Foundation
At: Katip Mustafa Çelebi District, Anadolu Str. No. 23, D:7-8 Beyo?lu, ?stanbul
Tel: 0212 292 52 31/32
Helpline: 0212 292 52 31
Fax: 0212 292 52 33
The Women’s Rights Against Discrimination Association (Ayr?mc?l??a Kar?? Kad?n Haklar? Derne?i) provides help for women suffering from discrimination and offers solidarity.
- Women’s Rights Against Discrimination Association (in Turkish)
At: Haseki Sultan District, Küpe?teciler Str. No. 7, Kat: 4 Haseki Fatih, ?stanbul
Tel: 0212 529 04 56
Fax: 0212 589 85 85