Support Groups

Hackensack Meridian Health understands that everyone will face a difficult life challenge at some point, whether the loss of a loved one, learning to live with a chronic disease or facing cancer. Hackensack Meridian Health offers numerous community-based support groups for patients and their caregivers, where sharing with others who are going through the same experience can provide education, comfort and support.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Southern Ocean Medical Center

Meets Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. & Sundays at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 609-978-3803.


WEEKEND CODEPENDENCY PROGRAM

This therapeutic educational and guidance program is for family members and friends whose lives are impacted by another’s addiction. Meets on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheater on the Carrier Clinic campus.

Carrier Clinic
252 Co Rd 601
Belle Mead, NJ


To participate or obtain information, please call 800-933-3579.


AL-ANON FAMILY SUPPORT


Facilitated by Al-Anon, this is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. Meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Chapel on the Carrier Clinic campus.

Carrier Clinic
252 Co Rd 601
Belle Mead, NJ


To participate or obtain information, please call 800-933-3579.

Hackensack Meridian at Home
1340 A Campus Parkway, Wall NJ
This is a six week program. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-751-3492.

Ocean University Medical Center
Meets on the first and third Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. This program is currently being held virtually. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-202-8071.

Riverview Medical Center
This is a six week program. This program is currently being held virtually. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-202-8071.

Compassionate Friends - Toms River
1st Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
This program is currently being held virtually
Billie – 732-363-3894

Compassionate Friends - Holmdel
3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
This program is currently being held virtually.
Liz – 732-673-6405


Jersey Shore University Medical Center

This meeting is currently being held virtually.

To participate or obtain information, please call Kathy V. at 609-433-6333.

Alzheimer's Support Group
Stafford Library
129 North Main Street
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Lower Level (elevator is available)

Meets on the first Monday of every month at noon. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. To participate or obtain information, please call 609-978-3574.


Act Now Foundation
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m.
North Bergen Public Library
8411 Bergenline Avenue, North Bergen, NJ
Call Kristine Allen at 201-721-6721.

Amputee Support Group
Meets the last Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m.
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute- OP Annex (This program is currently being held virtually)
For more information or to register, please call 732-321-7000, ext. 68244

Amputee Prosthetic Support Group
Meets the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. 
Hackensack University Medical Center
87 Route 17 North, Maywood, NJ 07607
For more information or to register, please call 551-996-4450.

Amputee Peer Support Group
Meets the fourth Monday of each month at 1 p.m.
On outside patio, weather permitting, or inside the Ocean University Medical Center Community Room
Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Ocean University Medical Center
425 Jack Martin Blvd.
Brick, NJ
Masks are mandatory at all time.

Children’s Art Therapy
Seven week sessions; call for dates
Riverview Medical Center

Adult Art Therapy
Five week sessions; Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
Riverview Medical Center

For more information, call Mary Gambarony at 732-450-2716.

Ocean University Medical Center

Meets on the third Thursday of every month in the Community Room form 11 a.m. to noon. Sessions are free. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required, but preferred. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-836-4935.

Brain Tumor Support
Jersey Shore University Medical Center (This program currently meets virtually)
Meets monthly visit www.njbt.org for dates.

Brain Injury Support
Center for Brain Injuries, JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree (This program currently meets virtually)
Meets second Tuesday every month from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
2048 Oak Tree Road, Edison
For more information, call 732-906-2656.

Brain Injury Support
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Neuroscience Conference Room (This program currently meets virtually)
Meets May 20 and June 17 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call: 732-906-2656

Ocean University Medical Center
Meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-836-4048.

Riverview Medical Center
Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-939-1145.

Bayshore Medical Center
Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call 732-497-1862.

JFK University Medical Center
70 James Street, Classroom 1. This class is currently being held virtually. For more information, please call 732-744-5662.

Hackensack University Medical Center
Meets in the fourth floor conference room on the second Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, please call 551-996-8689.

Breast Feeding and New Mom Support Group
JFK University Medical Center, 5th Floor Family Suite
Every other Wednesday (This program is currently being held virtually)
For more information call 732-744-5982

Breast Feeding Support Group

Hackensack University Medical Center
First Monday of each month from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
87 Route 17 North, Maywood, NJ 07607

  • Warm line: 551-996-4606
  • Pump rental: 551-996-2000 ext. 71884
  • Support groups: 551-996-4606
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    Jersey Shore University Medical Center

     

    JFK University Medical Center

     

    Ocean University Medical Center

     

    Palisades Medical Center

     

    Raritan Bay Medical Center

     

    Riverview Medical Center

     

    Southern Ocean Medical Center:

    At Hackensack Meridian Health Cancer Care, we’ll be by your side throughout your cancer journey. And that means offering support at every turn. Through our support groups, it’s our sincere hope you’ll be better equipped to deal with the emotional and social impact cancer can have on your life as you undergo treatment.

    Cancer Care Support Groups for Jersey Shore University Medical Center

    Living with Cancer Support Group
    Fourth Thursday of every month 1:00pm -2:00pm
    Jersey Shore University Medical Center HOPE Tower
    2nd Floor Conference Room
    To register or for more information, please call Kimberly Higgins 732-776-3316

    Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
    Second Tuesday of every month 11:30am-12:30pm
    Jersey Shore University Medical Center HOPE Tower
    2nd Floor Conference Room
    To register or for more information, please call Kimberly Higgins 732-776-3316

    Caregiver Support Group
    Tuesday of every month 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Jersey Shore University Medical Center HOPE Tower
    2nd Floor Conference Room
    To register or for more information, please call Nora Pearson 732-776-3671

    Living with Cancer

    1st Tuesday of the month from 11am – 12. Location Varies see below

    • February 3
      4th Floor Conference Room
    • March 3
      4th Floor Conference Room
    • April 7
      4th Floor Conference Room
    • May 5
      Ground Floor Conference Room
    • June 2
      4th Floor Conference Room
    • July 7
      4th Floor Conference Room
    • August 4
      Ground Floor Conference Room
    • September 1
      4th Floor Conference Room
    • October 6
      4th Floor Conference Room
    • November 3
      Ground Floor Conference Room
    • December 1
      4th Floor Conference Room

    For more information or to register, contact:
    Michael Molloy, LCSW at 551-996-3671
    Maggie Franzetti, LSW at 551-996-5836

    Men's Survivorship Support Group

    First Friday of each month from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
    Southern Ocean Medical Center
    Louann Nanashko 609-978-3070

    Prostate Cancer Support Group

    3rd Wednesday every month, from 10:30 am – 1130 am.
    Hackensack University Medical Center, First Floor Conference Room

    If you are interested in joining, please contact:

    Maggie Franzetti, LSW
    Phone: 551-996-5836
    Email: margaret.franzetti@hmhn.org

    Karen Venezia , LCSW
    Phone: 551-996-1855
    Email: karen.venezia@hmhn.org

    Tea with Lizzie

    Third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    This program is hosted virtually
    Lizzie Martinez 732-836-4679

    Young Breast Cancer Survivorship Support Group

    Third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
    Hackensack Meridian Health
    700 South Main Street
    West Creek, NJ 08092
    732-779-9201

    Caregivers
    Stafford Library
    129 North Main Street
    Manahawkin, NJ 08050
    Lower Level (elevator is available)

    Meets on the third Monday of every month at noon. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. To participate or obtain information, please call 609-978-3574.

    MS Caregiver Support Group
    Multiple Sclerosis Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ
    Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. For more information, please call 732-897-3620.

    Caregiver Support Group
    1st Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
    JFK Medical Center, Adult Day Care
    3 Progress Street, Edison
    For more information, call 908-912-1910

    Caregiver Support Group
    Meets the second Monday of the month, from 2 – 3pm
    Hazlet Library
    251 Middle Road
    Hazlet, NJ, 07730
    Ellen Nixon: 732-739-5919

    Parkinson’s Disease: Caregivers Support Group
    Meets September 16 and December 19 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    JFK Medical Center/Neuroscience Conference Room
    For more information, call: 732-321-7000, ext. 68973

    Jersey Shore University Medical Center

    Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

    To participate or obtain information, please call 732-869-1162.

    Adult Diabetes Support Group
    Meets first Tuesday of each month from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Virtual Support Group
    For more information, call 551-996-3010.

    Insulin Pump Support Group
    Meets first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. (This meeting is currently being held virtually)
    Hackensack University Medical Center
    87 Route 17 North, Maywood, NJ 07607
    For more information, call 551-996-3010

    Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group
    Meets each Tuesday of the month at 7:15 p.m.
    JFK University Medical Center, First Floor, Rehabilitation Medicine Conference Room
    For more information, call: 732-744-5944


    JFK University Medical Center
    Meets third Wednesday every month from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    New Jersey Neuroscience Institute Conference Room- 1st Floor
    For more information, call: 732-321-7000, ext. 67245

    Southern Ocean Medical Center
    Meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 347-233-1773.

    Ocean University Medical Center
    Meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 347-233-1773.

    HIV Support Group
    Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    To participate or obtain information, please call 732-869-5749.

    Women's HIV Support Group
    Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    Meets every third Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-869-5702.

    Family & Friends of Those with Cancer
    Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-776-3316.

    Group Family & Friends of Those with Cancer
    Ocean Medical Center
    Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-836-4048

    Mended Hearts is a national organization for heart patients and their families. There are 300 chapters across the country, along with 20,000 members. A number of members donate their time to visit patients in hospitals, offering advice and support. Every meeting is open to the public and free to attend. Additional information on Mended Hearts can be found at www.heartsofjersey.org.

    Bayshore Medical Center
    To participate or obtain information, please call 732-998-7048.

    Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    To participate or obtain information, please call 732-998-7048.

    Ocean University Medical Center
    To participate or obtain information, please call 732-998-7048..

    Riverview Medical Center
    To participate or obtain information, please call 732-998-7048.

    Hackensack University Medical Center
    30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ  07601
    Meets the Third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
    To participate or obtain information, please call 201-694-7215

    Multiple Myleoma
    Hackensack University Medical Center
    Third Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. – noon
    551-996-8704

    Multiple Myleoma
    Southern Ocean Medical Center
    Second Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    609-978-3070

    MS Connections: Living with MS
    Multiple Sclerosis Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ
    Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. For more information please call, 732-897-3620.

    Men Talk
    Multiple Sclerosis Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ
    Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. For more information please call, 732-897-3620.

    MS Caregiver Support Group
    Multiple Sclerosis Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ
    Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. For more information please call, 732-897-3620.

    Multiple Sclerosis Self Help Group of HUMC
    Meets the second Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Hackensack University Medical Center
    87 Route 17 North, Maywood, NJ 07607
    Call 551-996-1324 or email Annerys.santos@hmhn.org to learn more and RSVP.

    Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
    Meets the first Monday of each month at 1 p.m. on outside patio, weather permitting or inside the Ocean University Medical Center Community Room
    Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Ocean University Medical Center
    425 Jack Martin Blvd.
    Brick, NJ
    Please contact us at 732 836 4523 or email Joyce.Franceschini@hmhn.org for further information.
    Masks are mandatory at all times.

    Southern Ocean Medical Center
    Meets every Thursday 7 p.m. and every Saturday 7:30 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-300-0751.

    Ocean University Medical Center
    Meets every Thursday 7 p.m. and every Saturday 7:30 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-300-0751.

    New Moms Network is a free group where new mothers can meet to have discussions, develop new friendships and share the experiences of life with a young infant. Babies up to 12 months of age are welcome!

    Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    Meets every Thursday 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. This program is currently being held virtually. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-776-4281.

    JFK University Medical Center
    To participate or obtain information, please call 732-632-1632.

    Tilton Fitness – Jackson
    Community Outreach Conference Center – Lower Level
    27 South Cooks Bridge Road, Jackson 
    Meets on every Tuesday at 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (This program is currently being held virtually)
    Prior to attending for the first time, please call 732-776-4281.

    Palisades Medical Center
    Meets on Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Auditorium or 2nd Floor OB Conference Room
    For more information or to register, please call 201-295-4823.

    Palisades Medical Center - New Mother's Support Group ages 2-16 weeks
    Meets every Thursday at 11 a.m.
    For more information or to register, please call 201-295-4823.

    Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 908-872-2019.

    Ocean University Medical Center
    Conference room A by the A Shore Rehab entrance. Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. This program currently meets virtually. For more information, please 732-836-4897. United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) affiliated.

    Southern Ocean Medical Center
    Meets every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 609-978-2805.

    Parents Support Group
    This group, run by Parents Support Group of New Jersey Inc., helps parents to understand and cope with their children’s disease of addiction. Meets on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Chapel on the Carrier Clinic campus.

    Carrier Clinic
    252 Co Rd 601
    Belle Mead, NJ


    To participate or obtain information, please call 908-281-1412.


    Bright Futures for Kids
    This program serves children (ages 4-12) of families affected by addiction. The clinician-led program is designed to help children express their feelings while learning coping skills, instilling cooperation, responsibility, maintaining a drug-free lifestyle, resisting peer pressure, and encouraging positive communication. Meets on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Classroom #3 (near Amphitheater) on Carrier Clinic campus.

    Carrier Clinic
    252 Co Rd 601
    Belle Mead, NJ


    To participate or obtain information, please call 908-281-1412.

    Parkinson’s Support Group
    Ocean University Medical Center
    Third Thursday of the month from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. This program is currently being held virtually.  To participate or obtain information, please call 732-206-8263.

    Parkinson’s Support Group
    Riverview Medical Center

    Meets on second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. To participate or obtain information, please call 908-902-8643.

    Parkinson’s Support Group
    JFK University Medical Center

    Meets third Monday of each month at 4 p.m. This program is currently being held virtually.
    JFK University Medical Center/Neuroscience Conference Room
    For more information, call 914-837-6910

    The ParkinSINGS Choir
    JFK University Medical Center
    Meets every Wednesday from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. This program is currently being held virtually.
    JFK University Medical Center – 1 East Day Room on the 1st floor of the hospital
    For more information, call: 732-321-7023

    DBS Support Group
    JFK University Medical Center
    Meets the fourth Monday of every odd month at 4 p.m. This program is currently being held virtually.
    JFK University Medical Center/Neuroscience Conference Room
    For more information, call 914-837-6910

    Caregivers Support 
    JFK University Medical Center
    Meets the fourth Monday of every even month at 4 p.m. This program is currently being held virtually.
    JFK University Medical Center/Neuroscience Conference Room
    For more information, call 914-837-6910

    Parkinson's Disease Support Group
    Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Ocean University Medical Center
    Meets the third Monday of each month at 1 p.m.
    Will meet outside on the patio, weather permitting or inside the Ocean University Medical Center Community Room
    Please contact us at 732-836-4523 or email Lindsay.Walicky@hmhn.org for further information.
    Masks are mandatory at all times

    Mother Support Group Riverview Medical Center Meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meetings are held virtually via Zoom. To participate or obtain information, please call 732-706-5173.

    Hackensack University Medical Center
    Meets the Third Thursday of each month from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Hackensack University Medical Center
    87 Route 17 North, Maywood, NJ 07607

    Ocean University Medical Center
    To participate, please email vpickett@optonline.net

    APHASIA
    Aphasia Support Group
    Meets every Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. This program is currently being held virtually.
    JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute- Speech and Audiology
    For more Information call: 732-321-7063

    Laryngectomy Support Group
    Meets third Tuesday of each month from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute- Speech and Audiology
    For more Information call: 732-321-7063

    The LOUD Crowd: Speech Maintenance Therapy Group
    Meets every Monday from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. and every Thursday from 11 a.m. – noon
    JFK Medical Center – 1 East Day Room on the 1st floor of the hospital
    For more Information call: 732-321-7063

    Bayshore Medical Center
    Meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 3 p.m.
    To participate or obtain information, please call 732-497-1660.

    Jersey Shore University Medical Center/ Meridian Rehab in Neptune City
    Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    To participate or obtain information, please call 732-530-2201.

    JFK University Medical Center
    Meets second Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. – noon
    JFK Neuroscience Conference Room
    For more information, call: 732-321-7010, ext. 68231.

    Mountainside Medical Center
    Private Dining Room (cafeteria, ground floor).
    Meets on a Tuesday every other month at 6 p.m. This program is currently being held virtually.
    To participate or obtain information, please contact Melissa Flores, RN, BSN, NVRN-BC, Stroke Coordinator
    Melissa.flores@mountainsidehosp.com or call 973-429-6288

    Old Bridge Medical Center
    Old Bridge Public Library, One Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge
    Meets every second Thursday of the month at noon
    To participate or obtain information, please contact Mirian Medina, RN, Stroke Coordinator at mirian.medina@hmhn.org.

    Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy
    530 New Brunswick Avenue, Raritan Room C
    Meets every second Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
    To participate or obtain information, please contact Mirian Medina, RN, Stroke Coordinator at mirian.medina@hmhn.org.

    Riverview Medical Center
    Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Blaisdell Pavilion
    Meets the fourth Thursday of each month from noon - 1:30 p.m.
    To participate or obtain information, please call 732-530-2368.

    Stroke Support Group
    Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Ocean University Medical Center

    425 Jack Martin Blvd., Brick, NJ
    Meets the second Monday of each month at 1 p.m. outside on the patio, weather permitting, or inside the Ocean University Medical Center Community Room
    Please contact us at 732 836 4523 or email Rachelle Spencer at Rachelle.spencer@hmhn.org or Lori Yokomizo at lori.yokomizo@hmhn.org for further information.
    Masks are mandatory at all times.

    Bayshore Medical Center
    Second Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This program is currently being held virtually.

    Life After Transplant
    Hackensack University Medical Center, 3rd Floor Conference Room
    Meets every third Thursday of each month from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    To participate or to obtain information, please call 551-996-8135.


    BMT Patient Group
    Hackensack University Medical Center, 8 Pavilion West Conference Room
    Meets every Wednesday from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    To participate or to obtain information, please call 551-996-4942

    Bayshore Medical Center
    Virtual Bariatric Support Group meets the second Thursday of every month at 8 p.m.
    To participate or to obtain information, please call 732-739-5836.

    Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    1945 Route 33, Neptune NJ
    Medical Staff Board Room
    For more information, please call 732-775-5005

    Old Bridge Medical Center
    Meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    3 Hospital Plaza, Auxiliary Hall B
    For more information, please call 732-360-4268

    Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy
    530 New Brunswick Avenue, Centennial Hall A
    For more information, please call 732-952-0444.

    JFK University Medical Center
    August 15th (summer only)
    Meets second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. This program is currently being held virtually.
    98 James Street, Suite 212, Edison
    For more information, please call 732-744-5955.

    Hackensack University Medical Center
    Meets the first Thursday of each month from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    87 Route 17 North, Maywood, NJ 07607
    Registration and more information: 551-996-4424 or email Bariatric.center@hmhn.org.

    Hearing Aid Educational Sessions
    A two- part series for individuals and their significant others focused on successful strategies for managing hearing loss in the 21st century
    Meets second and third Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Speech and Audiology Department
    To register call: 732-321-7063

    Self Help 
    NJ Self Help Group Directory
    973-989-1122 (Outside NJ) 800-367-6274 (Inside NJ)

    Women’s Health
    Second Tuesday of the month from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    Hackensack University Medical Center, 4th floor conference room
    For more information contact Laura Tarikyan, LCSW 551-996-5827

    Smoking Cessation Support Group
    Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Hackensack University Medical Center
    87 Route 17 North, Maywood, NJ 07607
    Registration and more information: 551-996- 2038
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