Support Groups

  • Addiction
  • Alopecia
  • Asthma and Allergies   
  • Attention Deficit Disorder   
  • Breastfeeding    
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac/Heart 
  • Crohn's Disease and Colitis
  • Diabetes
  • Dizziness/Vertigo 
  • Frontotemporal Dementias
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Mental Health
  • Multiple Sclerosis 
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Spouses 
  • Weight Loss 

  •   Addiction

    Al-Anon (for family and friends of alcoholics)
    Discussion Group meets Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm and Saturdays, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm. Step Program meets Fridays, 8:00 - 9:30 pm. For more information, call 508-366-0556 or go to the 
    Massachusetts Al-Anon website.

    Alcoholics Anonymous
    Meets Sundays, 10:30 am - noon. For more information, call 617-426-9444. Also meets Sundays, 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Call 617-332-3675 for information. More info at

    Overeater's Anonymous
    Meets weekly on Saturdays, 7:15 am. For more information, call 781-641-2303 or visit our website or email us at



    Children's Alopecia Project (CAP) Support Group
    Support group for children with alopecia areata that causes partial or total hair loss and their family and friends. Meets bi-monthly on Saturdays from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Visit us at or contact Cindy at for meeting information. 

    Massachusetts Alopecia Areata Support Group  
    Meets the first Monday monthly, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Email us or contact Chrissa at 617-201-6761.


    Asthma and Allergies

    Asthma & Allergy Foundation
    Monthly food allergy and asthma educational and networking meetings. Call 781-444-7778 or go to the AAFA website.


    Attention Deficit Disorder

    Attention Deficit Disorder Group for Adults
    Meets first and third Wednesdays monthly (except December), 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Free. For information, call John at 508-353-8348.


    Breastfeeding Support Group
    For Breastfeeding Mothers AFTER Hospital Discharge. Meets in the Allen-Riddle Building, Childbirth Education Classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Please call 617-243-6314 if you have any questions.
    Directions and Website


    Prostate Cancer Support Group
    For more information, contact Brad at 781-789-0675. 

    Additional Cancer Support Groups:



    Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
    Medically-supervised healthy lifestyle and cardiac risk reduction program. Appropriate for individuals who have recently had a heart attack, angioplasty, heart surgery or have been diagnosed with angina. For more information, call 617-243-6378.

    Heart Failure Prevention & Monitoring Program
    Medically-supervised program for people with decreased heart function. Includes education, support, enhanced monitoring and physical reconditioning. For more information, call 617-243-6378. 


    Crohn's and Colitis

    Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
    For information, call 800-314-3459 x13 or go to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation website.



    Diabetes Management Program
    For patients and their families. Individual instruction and education in all aspects of day-to-day management of diabetes. For information, call 617-243-6144.



    Vestibular Disorders Support Group: Living with Dizziness/Vertigo
    Meets the first Monday of each month (October - June), 7:00 - 8:30 pm. For information, call Claire at 781-383-0253 or email.


    Frontotemporal Dementias

    The Association for Frontotemporal Dementias
    Caregiver and family support group for those affected by Frontotemporal Dementias. Meets last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Silverman Board Room at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. For more information, please email us.
    Association for Frontotemporal Dementias website


    Grief and Bereavement

    Childbirth Loss Support Group
    For families who have suffered the death of a child before birth, at birth or shortly after birth. These meetings provide information, education, resources and the support necessary to heal from the grief experience. The groups, led by a licensed social worker, offer comfort and reassurance for both individuals and couples. Sponsored by Newton-Wellesley Hospital's HEAL Committee (Helping Educate After Loss). For more information, call 617-243-6221.

    Young Widow/Widower Support Group
    A supportive atmosphere, grief education, and coping strategies to manage the loss of a spouse or partner. For ages 55 and younger. For information, call 617-243-6221.


    Mental Health

    National Alliance of Mental Illness
    Family Caregiver Support Group meets second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, year round. Education Seminar meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Sept. - June (no meeting in December). Both meetings held in Bowles Center, Room 2.
    For information, please contact Sidney Gelb (617-320-3048 | email) or Nancy Stanton (781-642-7284 | email).


    Multiple Sclerosis

    Newton-Wellesley Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Clinic Support Group
    Our group meets the first Wednesday evening of the month, from
    7:00 - 8:30 p.m., in Bowles 6 at the Hospital. This peer led group is informal. It strives to focus on sharing positive outcomes, living a healthy productive life, and helping members deal with the uncertainties which come with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Come share what has worked for you and learn from others. Parking passes to cover the cost of parking in the garage or adjacent patient lots will be available at the meeting. For information, please email us or call 617-243-6967.

      Myasthenia Gravis

    MA/NH Myasthenia Gravis Foundation Support Group
    Meets every other month on Sunday afternoons, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Open to people with MG and their family and friends. For information, call 508-435-3808 or go to

    Parkinson's Disease

    Parkinson's Support Group
    Meets fourth Monday of each month, 7:30 - 9:00 pm. For more information, call Sarah Singer at 617-323-0574.

    Parkinson's Support Group of Greater Boston
    Meets the third Saturday of each month, 1:00 pm, September through May. For more information, please call Karen Baker at 508-446-5093.


    Sexual Abuse

    SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)
    Monthly confidential self-help group every fourth Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00 pm at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Despite the word "Priest" in SNAP’s title, SNAP is open to any sexual abuse victim who has been abused by an authority figure. Contact Dave O’Regan for details by email or by phone at 434-446-6769.


    Smoking Cessation

    Smoking Cessation Support Group
    A six week program providing participants with concrete strategies toward the goal of achieving tobacco-free living.  Call 617-243-6221, Wellness Center for information.



    Well Spouse Support Group
    For those who take care of a spouse with a chronic condition. Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7:15 - 9:00 pm. For more information, call Jerry, evenings and weekends, at 508-641-3508 or email him, or call Martha at 617-924-5206 or email her.

    You Are Not Alone:  The Boston Chapter of the Straight Spouse Network
    The Straight Spouse Network is a worldwide organization of heterosexual men and women whose current or former mates are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. We provide personal and confidential support to help straight spouses and couples cope, heal, and move forward constructively. To learn more, visit our website at Generally meets the fourth Monday of every month, 7:30 - 9:30 pm. For information, call Ivan at 978-618-6670 or email.



    Weight Loss

    Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Meetings
    For more information, call 617-243-3724. View schedule

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