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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.

All Support Groups

Support
Group:

Learn to Cope

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

Kathy Day
508.245.1050

Days/Date:

Every Wednesday

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:

Beverly Hospital Obestric Unit Social Worker
978.922.3000 ext. 2716

Days/Date:

Fourth Tuesday of each month

Time:

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Notes:

The LOSS group is a support group for parents/families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or death of a newborn. No pre-registration is needed. There is no fee. Parents may bring a family member, friend or significant other.

Support
Group:

Gloucester Stroke Club

Facility:

Addison Gilbert Hospital
Longan Room
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Contact:

978.922.3000 ext. 2235

Days/Date:

First Wednesday of each month

Time:

10:30am

Notes:

There is no fee or pre-registration required. For more information, please contact Stroke Services, Eileen Constentino at 978.922.3000 ext. 2235.

Support
Group:

Polycythemia Vera Support Group

Facility:

Addison Gilbert Hospital
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Contact:

Rhonda Kesterson, 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 978.283.6892.

Days/Date:

Meets every other Wednesday

Time:

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

Notes:

There is no fee or pre-registration required. Please note the group does not meet during the months of July and August.

 

Support Group:

Cardiac Rehabilitation Support Group

Facility:

Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers
Lifestyle Management Conference Room B
480 Maple St
Danvers, MA 01923

Contact:

Cardiac Rehab Office at 978.304.8444

Days/Date:

Meets first Monday of each month

Time:

11 am - 12 pm

Notes:

Please join us for a variety of topics including mental and physical challenges, relaxation techniques, and acknowledging strengths. Patients, families, friends, and support systems are welcome. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. To register or for more information please call Cardiac Rehab Office at 978.304.8444.

 

Support
Group:

B.R.E.A.ST. Connection

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Women's Health & Medical Arts Building, Large Conference Room, First Floor
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Parent Education Department at 978.927.9103

Days/Date:

Meets every Tuesday

Time:

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Notes:

This group is facilitated by a lactation consultant. For additional information, contact Parent Education at 978.927.9103. First class is free with a registration fee of $10/ class for each additional class you attend.

Support
Group:

Connection Young Moms Education/Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Connecting Young Moms at 978-922-3000, ext. 2720

Days/Date:

Meets every Tuesday and Thursday

Time:

1 pm - 3 pm

Notes:

Ongoing weekly support group for young moms and their children. Childcare is provided by Beverly Hospital volunteers. Topics may include: health relationships, challenges of young parenthood, balancing parenting/work/education, and child development. Support groups are held on the Beverly Hospital Campus. There is no cost, but pre-registration is required by calling Connecting Young Moms at 978.922.3000 ext. 2720.

Support
Group:

Connection Young Moms Childbirth Preparation Series

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Connecting Young Moms at 978-922-3000, ext. 2720

Days/Date:

Meets every Tuesday night

Time:

6 pm - 7:30 pm

Notes:

Seven session programs designed to assist young women and their support people to prepare for birth. Topics include: emotional aspects of pregnancy, signs and stages or labor, comfort measures for labor, role of the support person, breast feeding education, adjusting to your newborn, postpartum realities, and a tour of hte Beverly Hospital maternity floors. Childbirth classes are held on the Beverly Hospital Campus. There is no cost, but pre-registration is required by calling Connecting Young Moms at 978.922.3000 ext. 2720.

Support Group:

Surgical Weight Loss Support Group (Pre/Post Surgery)

Facility:

Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers
Lifestyle Management Conference Room B
480 Maple St
Danvers, MA 01923

Contact:

Maryann Swanson at 978.304.8020

Days/Date:

Meets fourth Wednesday of each month

Time:

6 pm - 7:30 pm

Notes:

This is a free support group for pre and post bariatric surgery patients. There is no registration required and is open to the public. For more information please contact Maryann Swanson at 978.304.8020.

Support Group:

WIC "Infant Feeding" and "Happiest Baby on the Block"

Facility:

Addison Gilbert Hospital
Longan Room
298 Washington Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Contact:

WIC Gloucester at 978.281.4540

Days/Date:

Meets first Monday of each month

Time:

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Notes:

For more information please contact WIC Gloucester 978.281.4540. This program is for WIC clients only.


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 978-304-8020 to register.

Days/Date:

Meets second Monday of each month

Time:

5 - 6pm

Notes:

This is a free support group. Call Maryann Swanson at 978-304-8020 to register.

Support
Group:

Huntington's Disease Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Garden Conference Room
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Mirtas Ulivi

Days/Date:

Meets the third Saturday of each month

Time:

10:30 am - Noon

Notes:

Pre-registration is requested by calling at 508.446.7705.  Walk-in guests are also welcome.

Support
Group:

Mother/Baby Talk

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Women's Health & Medical Arts Building, Large Conference Room, First Floor
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Parent Education Department at 978.927.9103

Days/Date:

Meets every Tuesday and Thursday

Time:

10:00am - Noon

Notes:

This group is facilitated by a lactation consultant.  Tuesday meetings are for infants from birth - 3 months, and Thursday meetings are for infants 4-8 months. During each session new mothers explore any topic or issue about the transition to parenthood and questions that arise after going home. All aspects of mothering are discussed. For additonal information, contact Parent Education at 978.927.9103. First class is free with a registration fee of $5/ class for each additional class you attend.

Support
Group:

Melanoma Support Group at Beverly Hospital

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Garden Conference Room
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Registration is required, please call 978.922.3000, ext. 2710.

Days/Date:

Meets on the second Thursday of each month

Time:

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

Notes:

IMPACT Melanoma 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 at 978.922.3000, ext. 2710, or by calling IMPACT Melanoma at 800.557.6352.

 

Support Group:

Overeaters Anonymous Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Women's Health & Medical Arts Building, Small Conference Room, First Floor
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Barbara at 978.921.0572

Days/Date:

Meets every Tuesday

Time:

6 pm - 7 pm

Notes:

For additional information, contact Barbara at 978.921.0572

 

 

Support Group:

Overeaters Anonymous Support Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Women's Health & Medical Arts Building, Small Conference Room, First Floor
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Gloria at 978.927.4754

Days/Date:

Meets every Wednesday

Time:

6 pm - 7 pm

Notes:

For additional information, contact Gloria at 978.927.4754


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 first floor Conference Room. No registration is required.

Contact:

John Quinn at 617.905.4999

Days/Date:

Meets on the second 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:

Ostomy line 978-922-3000 ext.2993

Days/Date:

Meets the first Wednesday of every other month

Time:

4:30 pm -6:00 pm

Notes:

The program is facilitated by certified ostomy nurses. All are welcome to attend the free support group.

Support
Group:

Complimentary Reiki Clinic At Addison Gilbert Hospital

Facility:

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

Contact:

To schedule an appointment for an upcoming clinic, please call 978.381.7560

Days/Date:

A free Reiki Clinic is held once a month at Addison Gilbert 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.

 

Support Group:

Dad/Baby Group

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Lecture Hall
85 Herrick St
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Parent Education Department at 978.927.9103

Days/Date:

Meets second Saturday of each month

Time:

11 am - 1 pm

Notes:

For additonal information, please contact Parent Education Department at 978.927.9103


 

Support Group:

Look Good, Feel Better

Facility:

Addison Gilbert Hospital 
Gordon Specialty Cancer Center, 4th Floor Conference Room
298 Washington St
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Contact:

For more information, please contact the Oncology Department at 978.381.7553

Days/Date:

Look Good, Feel Better is offered serveral times a year at Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Time:

For more information, please contact the Oncology Department at 978.381.7553

Notes:

The American Cancer Society's Look Good, Feel Better Program is for women undergoing cancer treatment.


 

Support Group:

Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Support Group

Facility:

Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers
480 Maple St
Danvers, MA 01923

Contact:

Kimberely Williams at 978.304.8105

Days/Date:

TBD

Time:

TBD

Notes:

For further details on upcoming dates or to register, please contact Kimberly Willis, NP-C, Certified Patient Navigator at 978.304.8105.


 

Support Group:

Mother/Baby Talk - Working Moms

Facility:

Beverly Hospital
Lecture Hall
85 Herrick St
Beverly, Massachusetts

Contact:

Parent Education Department at 978.927.9103

Days/Date:

Meets the third Saturday of each month

Time:

10 am - 12 pm

Notes:

This group is for working moms. All aspects of mothering are discussed. For additional information, contact Parent Education at 978.927.9103. The registration fee is $5/ class.