Support Groups and Mental Health First Aid Trainings


Family Support Group

            Family Support Group

NEW FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP for families and friends that have loved ones struggling with addiction 

The first Monday of each Month 5pm -6pm

Chartiers’ Substance Abuse Outpatient Program

437 Railroad St., Bridgeville, PA 15017    

As a community of supportive individuals caring for a family member or friend struggling with addiction, we are here to support you. Join us to connect with others who understand. Learn about available resources, share your story so others might earn from your experience.

Chartiers’ Mental Health Support Group Bridgeville Library

505 McMillan Street, Bridgeville PA 15017

Chartiers’ Support Group meetings held at Bridgeville Library

Chartiers’ Support Group meetings held at Bridgeville Library

1st Tuesday of the month.                                     

Bridgeville Public Library 6:30PM – 8:00PM                                           

 3rd Tuesday of the month.                         

Bridgeville Public Library 11am – 12:30pm
Open format co-facilitated by Chartiers Center and St. Clair Hospital
For info call: Melissa Zirwas
(412) 221-3302 ext. 124 or 

 Mental Health Support Group – Christ United Methodist Church, Bethel Park

St. Clair Mental Health Support Group 7:30PM – 9:00PM
2nd & 4th Thursday of the month
Facilitated by St. Clair Hospital, for info call: (412) 942-4800

Baby Steps 7:00PM, Post Partum Depression Support Group
2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month
Facilitated by St. Clair Hospital, for info call: (412) 942-5877


Mental Health First Aid Training was presented on Feb. 25, 2016 by Melissa Zirwas, Chartiers Center, and Michelle Sloane, Wesley Spectrum.  ASK YOURSELF …  

Are you in  law enforcement, public safety, local business, and/or community based and need Mental Health First Aid Training?

Have you experienced a family member having a mental health crisis?

Can you benefit from FREE Mental Health First Aid Training at Chartiers Center?


Who should take a Mental Health First Aid course?                                         

Mental Health First Aid is intended for all people and organizations. It is ideal for professionals who regularly interact with a lot of people (such as police officers, human resource directors and primary care workers), local businesses, faith communities, friends and family of individuals with mental illness or addiction, or anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction.

What is Mental Health First Aid?                                                                               

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course designed for people with no clinical training who work/live in the community. The training gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. “With one in four Americans experiencing a mental health or addiction disorder each year, the National Council is committed to making this important training as common as CPR,” said Susan Blue, National Council board chair and president and CEO of Community Services Group.

What do people learn in a Mental Health First Aid course?                       

The goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. Mental Health  First Aiders learn a single 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports. 

What does it cost and how do I sign up?                                                              logo-drop-shadow-2x

The training is sponsored by Allegheny Health Choices Inc. (ACHI) and is being held at Chartiers Center free of charge. There are no dates set for trainings in 2019. Please check back or call (412)221-3302 ext.118 or email

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