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Complete List: Upper Valley Support Groups

  • Mothers from the Fourth Trimester support group talk while their children do baby things on the Dartmouth green in Hanover, N.H., on Sept. 30, 2005. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Thursday, April 07, 2016

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Second and fourth Wednesdays, 12:30-2 p.m., Aging Resource Center, 46 Centerra Parkway, Lebanon. Call 603-653-3460 for additional information.

“Reframe and Retool” for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease, Second Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m. Aging Resource Center, 46 Centerra Parkway, Lebanon. Registration required. Call 603-653-3460 for additional information.

Breast-Feeding/
La Leche League

Second Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon, Women’s Health Resource Center, on the pedestrian mall, Lebanon. 603-643-1451.

Second Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m., TLC Family Resource Center, 109 Pleasant St., Claremont. Open to all nursing mothers, mothers-to-be and their little ones. Information by phone, online and at meetings. ClaremontLLL@gmail.com. 603-276-0519.

Second Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Norman Williams Public Library, 10 The Green. Discuss breastfeeding-related issues and share stories. The group is led by a board-certified lactation consultant. Older children welcome. 281-731-7313.

Cancer

Head, Neck or Oral Cancer: Third Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m., Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Support Services Room, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon. For people with cancer and their supporters. Call 603-650-7751 or email cancersupport@hitchcock.org before attending for the first time.

Prostate Cancer: Fourth Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m., Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Fuller Board Room, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon. Education and support for men and their supporters. Call 603-650-7751 or email cancersupport@hitchcock.org before attending for the first time.

Cancer Support Group: First Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., St. Barnabas Church Parish Hall, 262 S. Main St., Norwich. Open to anyone with any type of cancer, during or after treatment, as well as caregivers and loved ones. cronan@sover.net.

Caring for Someone with Cancer: First Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Support Services Room, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon. For spouses, friends and loved ones of those with all types of cancer. Call 603-650-7751 or email cancersupport@hitchcock.org before attending for the first time.

Melanoma: First Tuesdays, 5:45-7:15 p.m., Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Medical Center Drive. A phone-based group for melanoma patients at any stage. Call 603-650-7751 or email cancersupport@hitchcock.org before attending for the first time.

Exercise Class for Women with Breast Cancer: Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m., Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Fifth Floor Fitness Space, 1 Medical Center Drive. For women of all ages and fitness levels. Call 603-650-5978 before attending for the first time.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer: Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m., phone-based group at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Support and education for women beyond their initial breast cancer treatments. Call 603-650-7751 or email cancersupport@hitchcock.org before attending for the first time.

Metastatic Breast Cancer: First Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m., Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Support Services Room, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon. A group for people with stage IV breast cancer. Call 603-650-7751 or email cancersupport@hitchcock.org before attending for the first time.

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma: Second Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m., Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Support Services Room, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon. For patients with any type of blood cancer and their supporters. Call 603-650-7751 or email cancersupport@hitchcock.org before attending for the first time.

Women’s Words: Second Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., phone-based group at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Support and education for women with all gynecologic cancers. Call 603-650-7751 or email cancersupport@hitchcock.org before attending for the first time.

Young Adult Cancer Survivors: Third Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon. Social meet-ups and support for people ages 18-40 at any treatment stage. Call 603-650-7751 or email cancersupport@hitchcock.org before attending for the first time.

Living With Cancer: Fourth Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m., Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon. For patients with any cancer diagnosis and supporters. Call 603-650-7751 or email cancersupport@hitchcock.org before attending for the first time.

Caregiving

Third Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane, Woodstock. Complimentary lunch served. 802-457-5414. www.thompsonseniorcenter.org.

Third Wednesdays, 1:30-3 p.m. Center for Elder Services, 10 Campbell St., Lebanon. Directed toward caregivers of adults, older adults or people with disabilities. 603-448-1558.

First and third Fridays, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Conference Room A, 10 Alice Peck Day Drive, Lebanon. For families and caregivers of people with special needs. Check www.sparkcommunitycenter.com for specific dates. 603-678-8619.

Death of a Child

Fourth Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Kilton Public Library, 80 Main St., West Lebanon. Sponsored by Compassionate Friends of the Upper Valley. 413-374-4585.

Perinatal Grief Support Group, for families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss, first Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., DHMC Heater Road Conference Room 2A, 18 Old Etna Road, Lebanon. 603-650-7943 or 603-650-2600.

Diabetes Support Group

Third Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon, Buckley Conference Room at Valley Regional Hospital, 243 Elm St., Claremont. 603-543-6900.

Divorce

Co-ed Divorce and Separation Support Group, First and third Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m., North Universalist Chapel Society, 7 Church St., Woodstock. Develop new habits, build new connections and meet others going through similar challenges. 802-457-2557.

Eating Disorders

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: Support for people who have trouble controlling their eating. Free. 603-630-1495. www.foodaddicts.org.

Mondays, 4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley, Route 5 South, Norwich (across from The Family Place).

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 43 Lebanon St., Hanover.

Overeaters Anonymous: A 12-step recovery program for people who have problems with food.

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Methodist Church, 18 School St., Lebanon. 603-369-1313.

Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Turning Point, 200 Olcott Drive, Wilder. 603-398-4783.

Saturdays, 11 a.m., Conference Room 2B, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon. 603-298-6719.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): A nonprofit weight loss support group.

Wednesdays, 5:45 weigh in, 6:30-7 p.m. meeting, 97 Smith Road, White River Junction. www.tops.org.

Weight Loss Support Group: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Conference Center at Gifford Medical Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. No registration required. 802-728-2284.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Support Group: First Saturday of the month, 2-4 p.m., DHMC Women’s Health Resource Center, 9 Hanover St., Lebanon. Peer support, mindfulness practice, gentle movement and expressive arts in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. 603-650-2600.

Gender and Sexuality

Caring Adults Peer Support: First and third Saturday of each month, 10 a.m., TLC Family Resource Center, 109 Pleasant St., Claremont, in the second floor conference room. For parents, guardians, and other caring adults raising or supporting LGBTQIA+ children of any age. Conversation, resource sharing, peer-to-peer support. ruralNHoutright@gmail.com.

LGBTQ+ Support Group: Second and fourth Friday of each month, 6 p.m., TLC Family Resource Center, 109 Pleasant St., Claremont, in the second floor conference room. A safe, open and inviting social group for all people who identify as LGBTQ+. Ages 14 and older. ruralNHoutright@gmail.com.

LGBTQ+ Veterans Support Group: Second and fourth Thursdays,VA Medical Center, 215 N. Main St., White River Junction. The Health & Equality Support Group provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ veterans to find community and support and to discuss topics including relationships, sexuality, health, identity, stress, military service, coping with discrimination and stigma, and more. Group members must be veterans of the U.S. military and eligible for care at the VA Medical Center. Registration is required; for more information please call Ann Kraybill, LICSW, at 802-295-9363 x5653.

Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Support Group: First and third Friday of each month, 6 p.m., TLC Family Resource Center, 109 Pleasant St., Claremont, in the second floor conference room. A safe, open and inviting social group for all transgender and gender non-conforming people. Ages 14 and older. ruralNHoutright@gmail.com.

Youth Drop-In: Thursdays, 3-4 p.m., TLC Family Resource Center, 109 Pleasant St., Claremont, in the second floor conference room. Connect with others and be yourself. For LGBTQ youth and allies 18 years and younger. Snacks provided. ruralNHoutright@gmail.com.

Grief/Bereavement

First and third Tuesdays, The Common Man Restaurant, 21 Water St., Claremont. 603-543-6800.

Grief Support Group: First and second Tuesdays, 6 p.m., ArtisTree Community Arts Center farmhouse, 2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret. A safe space to share and process loss, however big or small. For all ages. Drop-ins welcome. a.hunt.art@gmail.com.

Widow to Widow: First Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, 107 Newport Road, New London. A gathering for women going through the grieving process. 603-526-4077.

Greater Sullivan County Survivors of Suicide Loss: Third Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Hope Recovery Center, 169 Main St., Claremont. For those 18 and older who have lost a loved one to suicide. 603-477-8822.

Upper Valley GRASP (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing) in West Lebanon: Fourth Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Kilton Public Library, 80 Main St. A peer support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance misuse. Call to register for a meeting. 603-359-7625.

Heart Health Support Group

Third Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m., Gifford Medical Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. 802-728-2191.

Parkinson’s Support Group

First Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., New London. 603-526-6368.

Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Support for family and friends of people coping with mental illness.

Second Mondays, 5:45-7:45 p.m., Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon. (Call ahead or check at information desk at the main entry for meeting room location.) 603-863-2621.

Last Mondays, 5:45-7:15 p.m., VA Medical Center, William Yasinksi Building, 215 N. Main St., White River Junction. 800-639-6480.

First Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Buckley Conference Room, Valley Regional Hospital, 243 Elm St., Claremont. 603-763-5054.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Peer-to-peer support for those age 18-plus coping with a mental illness themselves.

Second Mondays, 5:45-7:45 p.m., Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon. (Call ahead or check at information desk at the main entry for meeting room location.) 603-309-0763.

Parenting

Kinship Care Support Group:Providers of care for children in their extended families share experiences and learn about resources in a mutually supportive conversation. Meets monthly on the first Thursday. Simpson Building conference room, 2458 Christian St., Wilder. 802-356-9393.

Mothers With Toddlers: Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon, Women’s Health Resource Center, on the pedestrian mall, Lebanon. 603-650-2600.

“When Love Is Not Enough”: For mothers involved in the family court system. Saturdays, 6-7 p.m., Suite 312, 20 W. Park St., Lebanon. rose.addante@gmail.com or 651-252-9274.

Relatives and Friends of Problem Drinkers

Al-Anon: Sundays, 5-6 p.m., Church of Christ, 40 College St., Hanover. (Enter from parking lot on left, stairs to basement, turn right to end of corridor.) Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, 10 Alice Peck Day Drive, Lebanon. (Downstairs in Conference Room A.) Saturdays, 8:30-10 a.m., United Methodist Church, 106 Gates Ave., White River Junction. (Second floor, enter by third red door on left side of the church.)

Al-Anon helplines: Al-Anon in Vermont: 866-972-5266; Al-Anon in New Hampshire answering service: 603-369-6930; National Al-Anon: 888-425-2666.

Sobriety

Alcoholics Anonymous in New Hampshire hot line: 800-593-3330.

More than 20 AA meetings are held each week in the following towns: Bradford, Claremont, Cornish, Enfield, Grantham, Hanover, Lebanon, New London, Newport, Sunapee and Woodsville. Visit www.nhaa.net for details.

Women’s All Recovery Meeting: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 38 Bank St., Lebanon. 603-448-5922.

Alcoholics Anonymous in Vermont hot line: 802-295-7611.

More than 30 AA meetings are held each week in the following towns: Bradford, Fairlee, Hartland, Norwich, Randolph, Sharon, South Royalton, Taftsville, Thetford, Tunbridge, White River Junction, Wilder, Windsor and Woodstock. Visit www.aavt.org for details.

Making Change: Mondays, 6-7 p.m., 2 S. Park St., Lebanon. Recovery group for young men age 16-30 looking for ongoing support to remain alcohol- and drug-free. Sponsored by Second Growth. 603-448-9994.

Stroke

First Fridays, even-numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, December), 10-11:30 a.m., Aging Resource Center, 46 Centerra Parkway, Lebanon. Call 603-653-1117 before attending for the first time.

Traumatic Brain Injury Group

Second Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Fuller Board Room, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive. Sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire. Open to TBI survivors in both states. 603-255-8400.

Wit’s End Family Support Group

Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m., Second Wind Foundation at Turning Point Club, 200 Olcott Drive, White River Junction. For family members challenged by substance abuse, addiction or addictive behavior of an adolescent or young adult. 802-295-7234.

Additional Links

http://patients.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/support_groups.html