The National Self-Help Clearinghouse is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1976 to facilitate access to self-help groups and increase the awareness of the importance of mutual support. The clearinghouse provides a number of services:
Assists human service agencies to integrate self-help principles and practices into their service delivery
Conducts training activities for self-help group leaders and for professional facilitators of support groups
Provides consultation to public agencies to promote their capabilities to encourage and sustain mutual support groups
Carries out research activities, including research about the effectiveness of self-help, the character of the self-help process, and relationships with the formal caregiving systems
Provides information about and referral to self-help support groups and regional self-help clearinghouses
Conducts media outreach, provides speakers, and publishes manuals, training materials, mongraphs and policy papers.