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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.

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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.

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 732-616-3763.


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.

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

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.

EMPOWER Virtual Community

Online community for those diagnosed with breast cancer to connect and learn about a variety of topics related to breast cancer, recovery, wellness and holistics. It is virtual every other month at 6 pm via Zoom.

Reach out to Lizzie Martinez, Oncology Nurse Breast Navigator, 732-836-4679, Elizabeth.Martinez@hmhn.org.

Breast Feeding and New Mom Support Group
JFK University Medical Center, 5th Floor Family Suite
Twice monthly (This program is currently being held virtually)
For more information call 732-632-1632 or email perinataled.jfk@hmhn.org

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

  • 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

    BERGEN COUNTY

    Hackensack University Medical Center
    John Theurer Cancer Center
    92 Second Street
    Hackensack, NJ 07601

    Living with Cancer
    3rd Thursday of the month, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Contact: Michael Molloy, LCSW at 551 996-3671

    Life After Transplant- VIRTUAL ONLY
    3rd Thursday of the month, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Contact: Kathleen Bendul, LCSW at 551 996-4084

    GYN/Breast Cancer Support Group
    1st Monday of the month, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Contact: Kathryn Koch, LSW at 551 996-5861

    Cancer Caregiver Support Group
    1st Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Contact: Maggie Franzetti, LCSW at 551 996-5836

    MONMOUTH COUNTY

    Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    HOPE Tower 
    19 Davis Avenue, Neptune, NJ 07753

    Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
    Second Tuesday of every month at 11:30 a.m.
    732-776-3316

    Living with Cancer Support Group
    Fourth Thursday of each month at 1 p.m.
    732-776-3316

    Ostomy Support Group 
    Third Thursday of each month at 5 p.m.
    908-872-2019

    Thyroid Cancer Support Group
    First Monday every other month at 5 p.m.
    Email: neptune-nj@thyca.org

    Caregiver Support Group 
    Second Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
    732-776-3671

    Riverview Medical Center
    1 Riverview Plaza
    Red Bank, NJ 07701

    Breast Cancer Support Group
    Second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
    732-939-1145

    Caregiver Support Group
    Second Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
    732-776-3671

    Bayshore Medical Center
    727 North Beers Street 
    Holmdel, NJ 07733

    Adult Bereavement Group
    Virtual 
    732-202-8071 
    at 6 p.m. 
    732-321-7000 x 67740

    Voices of Healing Breast Cancer Support Group 
    Fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 
    732-744-5662

    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.

    Living with Cancer Support Group
    Fourth Thursday of every month 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    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 11:30 a.m. - 12:30p.m.
    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
    Second Tuesday of every month 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Jersey Shore University Medical Center HOPE Tower
    2nd Floor Conference Room
    To register or for more information, please call Nora Pearson 732-776-3671

    MOUNTAINSIDE MEDICAL CENTER
    1 Bay Avenue
    Montclair, NJ 07042
    Cancer Center Conference Room on the 2nd floor next to the Infusion Center

    Cancer Survivor Group
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Contact: Gary Arakelian, LCSW 973-429-6098

    April 10 & 24
    May 8 & 22
    June 5 & 19
    July 3, 17, & 31
    August 14 & 28
    September 11& 25
    October 9 & 23
    November 6 & 20
    December 4 & 18

    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 each month, from 2 - 3 p.m. (no meeting in July and Aug)
    Cullen Recreation Center
    1776 Union Ave
    Hazlet, NJ, 07730
    To participate or obtain information, please call 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

    Essential Tremor Support Group
    JFK University Medical Center

    Meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
    JFK University Medical Center - Neuroscience Institute Conference Room
    For more information, call: 732-321-7010 x68890

    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.
    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.

    Parkinson’s Support Group
    Ocean University Medical Center
    Third Wednesday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Group meets in the conference room of Outpatient Rehabilitation at
    1686 Route 88
    Brick, NJ 08724
    To participate or obtain information, please call 732-853-6478.

    Parkinson's Support Group
    Meets the second Tuesday of each month, from 2 - 3 p.m. (no meeting in July and Aug)
    Cullen Recreation Center
    1776 Union Ave
    Hazlet, NJ 07730
    To participate or obtain information, please call 908-902-8643

    Parkinson’s Support Group
    JFK University Medical Center

    Meets the second Thursday of each month, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    JFK University Medical Center/Neuroscience Conference Room
    For more information, call 732-321-7010 x68890

    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

    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: 732-321-7000, ext. 61804.

    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

    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.

    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.

    Hackensack University Medical Center
    Meets virtually the first Thursday of each month Registration and more information: 551-996-4424 or email Bariatric.center@hmhn.org

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

    JFK University Medical Center Meets second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Meets third Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (For patients post surgery one year).
    This program is currently being held virtually and in-person.
    98 James Street, Suite 212, Edison NJ
    For more information, please call 732-744-5955.

    Old Bridge Medical Center
    Meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    3 Hospital Plaza, Suite 404
    For more information, please call 732-360-4268

    Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy
    First Tuesday of the month at 5pm (Virtual)
    For more information, please call 732-952-0444

    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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