Condition-Focused Support Groups
Check our classes and events calendar for upcoming Support and Discussion Groups.
Please join us for upcoming Acoustic Neuroma Association (ANA) local support group meetings if you have been diagnosed with acoustic neuroma and have questions, wish to explore treatment options and coping strategies with other patients and clinical experts. The group meetings are free of charge. Pre- and post-treatment acoustic neuroma patients, family members, caregivers, friends and interested persons are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Acoustic Neuroma Association (ANA) at (877) 200-8211, email email@example.com, or visit www.anausa.org or the Acoustic Neuroma Clinic's Links page.
Alopecia Areata Support Group
The group is organized with the support of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. All who are affected by alopecia (patients and loved ones) are welcome! Meets at the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College, 40 College Street, Hanover, NH. Check the Classes and Events calendar to find upcoming meeting dates. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Alopecia Areata Support Group - Nashua
The group is organized with the support of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation //www.naaf.org/. All who are affected by alopecia are welcome! Our meetings are held periodically at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua in Room D.
Support Group for Caregivers of People with Dementia
Are you caring for a family member who has dementia? Whether your family member lives with you, near you, or in another part of the country, the stresses of coping with this disease can be enormous. Come listen to other caregivers talk about their challenges and how they manage them. Hsare your story with a friendly group of people who will understand what you are going through, who will not make judgments, and who will offer practical advice on how to handle the challenges of caring for someone with dementia. The group generally meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Location: Aging Resource Center, 46 Centerra Parkway, Lebanon, NH
Please contact the Aging Resource Center to confirm dates as there are some exceptions: (603) 653-3460; AgingCenter@hitchcock.org
Aspergers: Upper Valley Asperger Support Group
This is a support group for parents of children with Aspergers Syndrome. Meets the third Saturday of each month from 2:15 to 3:15p.m. at Howe Library in Hanover. For more information contact Carl or Diane Mabey at (802) 698-8077 or email at email@example.com.
For graduates of the Bariatric Surgery Program.
For persons with heart disease or following heart surgery, and their family and friends. Call Gregory Cook, MSW, (603) 650-5797.
Available upon request, please call Meg Ames at (603) 526-4077 for more information.
A Caregiver Support Group (sponsored by ServiceLink of Grafton County)
This group meets regularly at noon on the third Wednesday of the month at the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Lebanon. Please call Jane Conklin at (603) 448-1558 prior to attending. The Aging and Disability Resource Center is located at 1 Campbell St., Lebanon NH 03766
CPAP Users Group Meetings by Phone
Monthly CPAP support and informational meeting for anyone who uses CPAP and wants to keep up to date on treatments and products. Hear from other users and sleep experts. This is a group meeting held by phone only the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. This format is very popular. Call from the comfort of home. Free and all are welcome. Call toll free the night of the group meeting at 1-800-204-6655, access code 342-2187#. Registration or submit questions in advance optional. Go to www.nstherapy.com/cpaptalk.
DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)
A safe and friendly place for both those living with major depression and those living with Bipolar I and Bipolar II to share their experiences and coping techniques. Facilitated by Carolyn Sanders, and founded twenty years before by residents of the Upper Valley, meeting in a new, brighter space! Room 4H at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center every Tuesday 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. but skips the third Tuesday of the month.
DEAF (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Empowerment & Advocacy for Families)
A support group for families with children who are hard of hearing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Toni LaMonica at (603) 653-1488.
Diabetes Education and Support Group for Children and Their Parents
Meets first, third, and fifth (when applicable) Wednesday of the month, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, at DHMC, Family Center, Level 6 (PDF). Please register. Call Pediatrics (603) 653-9877.
Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery Support Group
Visit the Epilepsy Center website for information about the epilepsy support group.
A 12-step recovery program for individuals who suffer from overeating, bulimia, or anorexia. Call (866) 977-4700.
Meets the third Tuesday of every other month, 12:00 to 1:00 pm, in the Health Education Center, Reception Area 4H. Map (PDF). Call (603) 650-2929 and ask for Nurse Care Managers Kathy or Sherry. Sponsored by Heart Failure & Cardiomyopathy Program at DHMC. All are welcome.
Hemophilia Patient/Family Group Discussion
Call Laurel McKernan, RN, (603) 650-5486.
Huntington's Disease Support and Discussion Group
This group is currently inactive, but will be available again in 2021. The group is for people with Huntington's disease, family members and friends, and is organized with the support of the Huntington's Disease Society of America. Please contact Diane Sherman at (603) 653-6672, Diane.L.Sherman@hitchcock.org to express interest and/or to subscribe to the D-H Huntington's e-newsletter.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
These are support groups for family and friends of people coping with mental illness.
- Second Monday of the month, 5:45 to 7:45 pm, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Please inquire at the main entrance information desk for the current meeting room location, or contact Donna Stamper via phone at (603) 863-2621 or email email@example.com; or Marjorie Matthews via phone at (603) 277-9298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Last Monday of the month, 5:45 to 7:15 pm, at the VA Medical Center's William Yasinksi Building, 215 N. Main St. in White River Junction, VT. Call Rose Hewes at (800) 639-6480 for more information.
- First Thursday of the month, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, in the Buckley Conference Room at Valley Regional Hospital, 243 Elm St. in Claremont, NH. Call Pat Whitney at (603) 763-5054 for more information.
NAMI Connection Group
This is a peer-to-peer support group for those 18 years or older who are coping with mental illness.
- Second Monday of the month, 5:45 to 7:15 pm, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Please inquire at the main entrance information desk for the current meeting room location, or call Marilyn Marinelli at (603) 865-5797 for more information.
This group is facilitated by Linda Addante. It meets on Mondays at Second Growth. Call Linda at (802) 295-9800.
Multiple Sclerosis Support Groups
- Upper Valley Support Group
Meets the third Tuesday of every month, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, in the Health Education Center, Level 4 (PDF) of DHMC. Call (603) 650-5111.
- Charlestown, NH MS Self-Help Group
Meets the second Thursday of every month, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at The Lower Level Community Room, 28 Railroad Street, Charlestown, NH. Call Tammy, (603) 826-3772.
- Brattleboro, VT MS Support Group
Meets the first Monday of every month from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room, second floor, next to the Children's Library. Call Bruce, (802) 251-0928.
- Springfield, VT Support Group
Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Springfield Hospital Library at 6:00 pm. Call Pat, (802) 226-7996, or Polli, (802) 738-9285.
Neuromuscular Diseases Patient/Family Support Group
Call Yoni Stevens at (603) 650-5789.
Nurture Your Spirit: A Support Group for Family Caregivers
Family caregiving can be lonely, arduous, and prolonged. We offer you a safe-haven to express your feelings, ask questions, ease your mind, share ideas, and receive encouragement from others who truly understand. Sessions are led by Deadra B. Ashton, MDiv., and are held at the Aging Resource Center, 46 Centerra Parkway, Level 2, Lebanon, NH. Please call (603) 653-3461 to speak with Deadra B. Ashton before enrolling.
For people with Parkinson's disease, family members and friends. For information, call Diane L. Sherman at (603) 653-6672 or email Diane.L.Sherman@hitchcock.org.
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Support Group
Meets the second Tuesday every month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Health Education Center, Reception Area 4H. Map (PDF). For information or to register for the support group please call (603) 650-8070 and ask for Nurse Care Managers Emily or Leane. Sponsored by Pulmonary Hypertension Program at DHMC. All are welcome.
For more information, call Pip Richens at (603) 643-2624 or Deb Griffiths at (603) 448-3702. Pre-registration is requested.
For support, education and information, call Upper Valley Support Group at (603) 448-6311.
Stroke: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Support Group
This support group meets the first Friday of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October and December), 10:00 to 11:30 am. Stroke survivors, family members and caregivers are welcome to share their experiences and gain support, education and encouragement from others. If you have questions, please contact Shawna Malynowski at (603) 653-1117 or via email at Shawna-Markie.S.Malynowski@hitchcock.org; or Sarah Murphy at (603) 653-1295 or via email at Sarah.L.Murphy@hitchcock.org.
Location: Aging Resource Center, Kramer Conference Room, 46 Centerra Parkway, 2nd Floor, Lebanon, NH
This group supports and educates teens with chronic health conditions and their parents. Events throughout the school year. E-mail email@example.com or call (603) 653-1495.
Traumatic Brain Injury Group in Lebanon
For survivors, family members and caregivers. Offered on the second Wednesday of the month at DHMC in the Fuller Board Room located on Level 3, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. To reach the Fuller Board Room from the Main Entrance, turn right at the rotunda desk and take the first right (across from the grand piano). The Fuller Board Room will be the second door on the left (large conference room). For more information, please contact Robert O'Donnell at (603) 650-8848, Robert.J.O'Donnell@hitchcock.org.
A support group for family and friends of adolescents/young adults suffering from substance abuse/addiction. For more information, call Jackie Pierce at (802) 295-2982.