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Support Groups

 

A number of support groups have been formed in answer to patients and families' needs to connect to others for help through a difficult time in their lives.   Support groups can help to inform, console, and lift the spirit . . . all part of the healing process.

Click on a category below to view the groups offered and if you need more information about any of our support groups, please call our Community Relations Department at 978-283-4000 ext. 585.

All Support Groups

Support
Group:

Learn to Cope

Facility: Rose Baker Senior Center
6 Manuel F. Lewis Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Contact:

508.801.3247

Days/Date:

Every Tuesday

Time:

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Notes:

This is a support group for parents, family members and care-givers struggling with a member of the family who is addicted to opiates and other drugs. There is no fee or pre-registration required. For more information, please call  508-738-5148 or visit www.learn2cope.org

Support
Group:

Infant Loss Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Garden Conference Room
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

978.236.1650

Days/Date:

Fourth Tuesday of each month

Time:

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Notes:

Parents who have lost an infant at any time during pregnancy through early infancy are invited to attend the Loss Support Group. There is no fee or pre-registration required. Walk-in guests are always welcome.

Support
Group:

Gloucester Stroke Club

Facility:

Addison Gilbert Hospital
Women's Health Conference Room
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Contact:

978.283.2633 or 978.283.3968

Days/Date:

First Wednesday of each month

Time:

10:30am

Notes:

There is no fee or pre-registration required.

Support
Group:

Polycythemia Vera Support Group

Facility:

Addison Gilbert Hospital
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Contact:

Joanne Gibbs, R.N., OCN, 978-283-4000, ext. 559
Nancy Guinivan 978-762-6684

Days/Date:

Please call for more information

Time:

Please call for more information

Notes:

Held several times every year. Family and friends welcome.

Support
Group:

Widowed Person's Support Group

Facility:

Addison Gilbert Hospital
Longan Room
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Contact:

For more information, please call 978.283.7102 or 978.879.4373.

Days/Date:

Meets every other Wednesday

Time:

January to March: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
April to December: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Notes:

There is no fee or pre-registration required.

Support
Group:

Breast Cancer Support Group

Facility: The Herrick House
(Located on the upper campus of Beverly Hospital)
89 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts
Contact: For more information, please call 978-922-3000, ext. 2203.
Days/Date:

Third Tuesday of each month. Please note that this group does not meet in July and August.

Time:

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Notes:

There is no fee for pre-registration required.

Support
Group:

B.R.E.A.ST. Connection

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Parent Education Department
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

For more information, please call 978.283.7102 or 978.879.4373.

Days/Date:

Meets every Tuesday

Time:

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Notes:

This is a free program.

Support
Group:

Connection Young Moms Education/Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Women's Health and Medical Arts Building
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

For additional information contact the social work department at 978-922-3000, ext. 2720

Days/Date:

Meets every Tuesday and Thursday

Time:

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Notes:

This is a support group specifically for teens and young women and their children. Childcare is provided by Beverly Hospital Volunteers.  Topics include: Healthy relationships, challenges of young parenthood, balancing parenting/work/education and child development. This is a free program.

Support
Group:

Connection Young Moms Healthy Pregnancy Workshop

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Women's Health and Medical Arts Building
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

For additional information contact the social work department at 978-922-3000, ext. 2720

Days/Date:

Meets one evening every other month

Time:

For Time information, contact the social work department at 978-922-3000, ext. 2720

Notes:

Topics include nutrition, body image, and preterm labor. This is a free program.

Support
Group:

Connection Young Moms Childbirth Preparation Series

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Women's Health and Medical Arts Building
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

To register, please call 978-922-3000, ext. 2720.

Days/Date:

 

Time:

 

Notes:

This program is specifically for teens and young women and their support people. It is designed to follow the Healthy Pregnancy workshop and prepares young women and their support for labor and delivery. This is a seven week program, there is no cost but pre-registration is required by calling 978-922-3000, ext. 2720.

Support
Group:

Crohn's Disease Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Garden Conference Room, First Floor
85 Herrick St.
Beverly, MA

Contact:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, 781.449.0324

Days/Date:

First Thursday of the month, beginning on June 4

Time:

7 - 8 pm

Notes:

This FREE group is open to individuals with Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, their families and friends. This group will offer support, coping skills, education and resources for all that attend.

Support
Group:

Cronic Pain Support Group

Facility:

Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers
Lifestyle Management Institute
Conference Room A
480 Maple St.
Danvers, MA

Contact:

George Beilin, MD, 508-527-2894

Days/Date:

Every Wednesday of the month

Time:

3:30 - 5 pm

Notes:

All are welcome to attend this free support group. There is no pre-registration required.

Support
Group:

Diabetes Support Group

Facility:

Addison Gilbert Hospital
Longan Room
(Use Washington Street Entrance)
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Contact:

Call Maryann Swanson at 978-304-8415 to register.

Days/Date:

Meets second Monday of each month

Time:

5 - 6pm

Notes:

This is a free support group. Call Maryann Swanson at 978-304-8415 to register.

Support
Group:

Huntington's Disease Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Garden Conference Room
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Virginia Goolkasian 978-996-1896

Days/Date:

Meets the third Saturday of each month

Time:

10:30 am - Noon

Notes:

Pre-registration is requested by calling Virginia Goolkasian at 978-996-1896.  Walk-in guests are also welcome.

Support
Group:

Mother Talk

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Parent Education Department
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

978-922-3000, ext. 2203

Days/Date:

Meets every Tuesday

Time:

10:00am - Noon

Notes:

This group is facilitated by a lactation consultant.  During each session new mothers explore any topic or issue about the transition to parenthood and questions that arise after going home.  You do not need to be a breast-feeding mom to enjoy this group.  All aspects of mothering are discussed. This is a free program.

Support
Group:

Melanoma Support Group at Beverly Hospital

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Garden Conference Room
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

To register, please call 978-922-3000, ext. 2720.

Days/Date:

Meets on the second Tuesday of each month

Time:

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Notes:

The Melanoma Foundation of New England sponsors a support group open to all those who have been diagnosed with Melanoma. There is no fee.   To register, or for  further information, please contact Kelli Braga at Beverly Hospital 978-922-3000,  ext. 2710, or by calling the Melanoma Foundation of  New England at  617-232-1424.

Support
Group:

NAMI Peer Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Doctors Conference Room
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Joanne Rosen, 787-592-9727

Days/Date:

Meets the third Tuesday of each month

Time:

7:30 pm -9:00 pm

Notes:

For regular meeting dates or additional information contact Joanne Rosen, 787-592-9727.

Support
Group:

North Shore Neuropathy Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Lecture Hall on the First Floor
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Werner Paster, 978-479-4339 or wswpaster@gmail.com

Days/Date:

Meets the third Saturday of each month. Please note there is no July or August meeting.

Time:

10:00am - Noon

Notes:

For regular meeting dates or additional information contact Werner Paster, 978-479-4339 or wswpaster@gmail.com.

Support
Group:

North Shore Postpartum Help

Facility:

N/A

Contact:

Those needing to talk to someone immediately may call the Parental Stress Hotline at: 1-800-632-8188

Days/Date:

N/A

Time:

N/A

Notes:

The North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force is available to woman experiencing postpartum stress. They are available for help, hope and connection. Visit their website at NorthShorePostpartumHelp.Org. It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience.

Support
Group:

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

The group meets in the Arts & Crafts Room across from the Dining Room.

Contact:

 

Days/Date:

Meets on the third Thursday of each month. Please note the group does not meet during the months of July and August.

Time:

6:30pm

Notes:

 

Support
Group:

Ostomy Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Garden Conference Room
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Jerra Sullivan, 978-922-3000 ext 2013 or Ostomy line 978-922-3000 ext.2993

Days/Date:

Meets the first Wednesday of every other month

Time:

4:00 pm -6:00 pm

Notes:

The program is facilitated by certified ostomy nurses. All are welcome to attend the free support group.  Pre-registration is requested by calling Jerra Sullivan, 978-922-3000 ext 2013 or Ostomy line 978-922-3000 ext.2993 .  Walk-in guests are also welcome.

Support
Group:

Reiki Clinic Offered at Beverly Hospital

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Kauders Conference Room
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Katie Vandi at 978-927-6850, extension 5

Days/Date:

A free Reiki Clinic is held once a month at Beverly Hospital.

Time:

Thirty minute sessions are held from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Notes:

Reiki is an ancient relaxation method that may reduce stress and assist in the restoration of mind/body balance.  Reiki is a non-invasive therapy and may help build immune function, decrease the effects of chemotherapy, radiation and help with wound healing.  Reiki is done fully clothed.  It does not take the place of traditional medicine, but it compliments it.  To schedule a free, 30-minute Reiki session, please call Katie Vandi at 978-927-6850, extension 5.

Support
Group:

Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver's Support Group

Facility:

Spectrum Center Adult Day Health Program
600 Cumming Center, Suite 176x
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

 

Days/Date:

Meets the first & third Wednesday of each month

Time:

2:30 pm -4:00pm

Notes:

This group is open to caregivers caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease. No fee charged for this group. Free respite care is available upon request.  Information and education about Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders is shared. Increased understanding through shared experiences, mutual support from other caregivers.

Support
Group:

Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver's Support Group

Facility:

Spectrum Center Adult Day Health Program
1820 Turnpike Street, Suite 106
North Andover, Massachusetts

Contact:

Please RSVP to Gail McCarthy, LCSW at 978-688-3248 x 1102

Days/Date:

Meets the  second Wednesday of each month

Time:

2:00 pm -3:00pm

Notes:

The group provides information and education about Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorder, increased understanding through shared experiences, mutual support from other caregivers.

Support
Group:

Smoking Cessation

Facility:

N/A

Contact:

Please call 978-304-8301 to register or for further information.

Days/Date:

N/A

Time:

N/A

Notes:

Individual Counseling  with a certified tobacco treatment specialist.  One-on-one counseling designed for those that may need a more individual approach and may want to consider pharmaceutical aids.   The fee for a 30-minute session is $35. (Some insurance carriers cover this, check with yours).

Support
Group:

American Lung Association "Freedom From Smoking Program"

Facility:

For upcoming dates and locations, please call 978-304-8020.

Contact:

978-304-8020

Days/Date:

For upcoming dates and locations, please call 978-304-8020.

Time:

 

Notes:

This is a group program which provides different smoking cessation techniques.  Group support is a key part of this program.  This eight-week program.  The program includes studying your smoking habits, building motivation, winning strategies, stress management, weight control active fun and exercise and assertive communication.

Support
Group:

Quit Smoking for Life

Facility:

In Peabody, Third Floor Conference Room, One Essex Center Drive.
In Burlington, Kariotis Conference Room, 41 Mall Road.

Contact:

Call the Quitline at 781-744-7848

Days/Date:

Meets every Tuesday

Time:

Noon (Peabody)

6:00pm (Burlington)

Notes:

Please pre-register at Lahey.org/TobaccoTreatment or call the Quitline at 781-744-7848 to register or for further information.