Patient, Family and Caregiver Support Groups
Support groups connect people facing similar challenges. Many people find the support they receive from a group made up of people who share similar experiences very helpful in managing their own health challenges.
The Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center at the University of Vermont Medical Center offers the following listing of reputable online support groups, networks, and communities for patients, their families, and caregivers.
If you are interested in a particular support group and cannot locate it, or would like additional information, send an email at resourcecenteruvmhealth [dot] org or call (802) 847-8821.
General Grief — UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice
Online support group for anyone that is grieving. Meets via Zoom twice a month. Contact Paul Weil at 802-860-4497 ext.3256 or Paul [dot] Weiluvmhomehealth [dot] orgrel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank".
Loss of a Child — Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends offers a variety of private Facebook Groups and live chats through an Online Support Community for those who are grieving the death of a child.
Suicide Loss — American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Healing Conversations gives those who have lost someone to suicide the opportunity to talk with our experienced volunteers by phone or video chat. These AFSP volunteers, who are themselves, survivors of suicide loss, offer understanding and guidance in the weeks and months following a suicide death.
Children's Grief Group - University of Vermont Medical Center
We welcome any child between 5-16 y.o. to join us in learning about the grieving process, specifically focusing on developing coping strategies, through peer support and engaging activities. The group meets virtually on the last Saturday of the month from 10 - 11 a.m. Facilitated by the Child Life Department. Please contact Chelsie Lang at (802) 847-4069 or Chelsie [dot] Languvmhealth [dot] orgtarget="_blank" for more details.
Empty Arms Vermont
Empty Arms Vermont serves individuals who are grieving miscarriage, stillbirth, termination for medical reasons or early infant death. A peer-facilitated support group for anyone who has experienced pregnancy or infant loss is offered online on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Another peer support group for Pregnancy After Loss is offered on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. (also online). Contact infoemptyarmsvermont [dot] org or visit www.emptyarmsvermont.org/support
Alzheimer’s & Dementia
ALZConnected, powered by the Alzheimer’s Association, is a free online community for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s or another dementia, including people with the disease, caregivers, family and friends, and individuals who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s.
BIAVT "VIRTUAL" BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
This is a group that is open to everyone who has experienced a brain injury to share their story and to offer support in a safe and welcoming environment. Meets Monthly. Contact Joy at joybiavt [dot] orgtarget="_blank" for more information.
Please refer to our listing of Cancer Support Groups for patients, families and caregivers.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Offers a Caregivers Community where caregivers and their other loved ones can share, interact, and learn from each other in a safe, supportive environment. The Family Caregiver Alliance also offers online support groups including a group for LGBT caregivers.
American Diabetes Association
Be empowered and encouraged through learning and chatting with others in this online community whether you are newly diagnosed, finding support for ongoing management, or a caregiver of someone who is living with diabetes. Specific online community groups for different types of diabetes.
Heart & Stroke
American Heart Association
Connect with heart patients, survivors and caregivers for heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Share your story with others, comment and give feedback on other’s stories, get answers to your questions from healthcare professionals, and speak to others on your own forum.
UVM Medical Center Stroke Support Group
Online support group, open to all patients who have experienced a stroke, as well as their family members, caregivers and providers. Meets via Zoom on the first Tuesday of each month from 4-5 pm. Contact Becky Louko, PT at (802) 847-0142 or Rebecca [dot] loukouvmhealth [dot] org for more information.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association supports free online communities that offer peer-to-peer support for COPD, Asthma, Pulmonary Fibrosis, and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Start or respond to threads on the communities, upload photos and search for specific topics to find other members who share the same interests.
National Alliance On Mental Illness & 7 Cups
NAMI and 7 Cups are excited to build a collaborative partnership that will extend the best of both organizations to a broader community of people who are supporting one another and inspiring hope and wellness. All are welcome to join.
Miles for Migraine
Our Migraine Community Groups offered through Zoom bring together the people just like you to connect, discover and share. We provide helpful resources and supportive discussions to help you better navigate life with migraine.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MSconnection.org is a social networking website and community for people living with MS, their loved ones and experts to connect in a safe and secure environment. Connect with other community members, contribute to discussions, and join groups with people who share your same interests, challenges, and hopes.
American Parkinson Disease Association & Smart Patients
Join the Smart Patients Parkinson’s Disease Community, ask questions, and support others who can learn from you.