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Support Groups & Social Work

At Yale-New Haven Hospital, our commitment to provide comprehensive, compassionate care extends beyond the physician's office. Licensed, experienced social workers are available to help you and your family cope with illness, discuss your concerns and connect you to a variety of hospital and community resources.

We also offer free support groups for patients and their caregivers or loved ones. Meeting times and locations are subject to change, so call the numbers provided ahead of time to get the most current information.

All Heart Club (Cardiac Rehabilitation Support)

The All Heart Club of Greater New Haven, an educational support group, provides ongoing educational support to people with heart problems and their spouses or families. The club meets on the second Thursday of most months, 6 to 8 pm, at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael campuss. Membership is open to anyone; there is a nominal membership fee. For more information, please call toll-free (866) 669-0106.

Bariatric/Weight-loss Surgery Support Groups

Our free bariatric patient support group meets monthly and welcomes individuals considering, preparing for, and working to stay on track after weight-loss surgery. The group is led by Elizabeth McMahon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Bariatric/Weight-loss Surgery Support Groups

When/Where

Contact(s)

Phone Number

First Tuesday of every month, 6-8:00p.m.
Temple Medical Center
60 Temple Street, lower level
Fusco Auditorium

Group Coordinator

(203) 789-6327

Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement support programs are intended as a source of strength and hope for adults experiencing grief following the death of a loved one. Seminars and support groups offer unique healing benefits. All are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation or belief system. Bereavement programs and services are offered free-of-charge. Dates and times of these programs vary throughout the year. For more information, please email Lisa Irish in the Department of Spiritual Care or call (203) 789-3247. Bereavement support group meeting times and special events are listed in our Classes and Events section.

Cancer Support Groups

We offer many cancer support groups. Current patients, survivors and families are welcome. View our Cancer Support Groups page for more information.

CPAP Support Group (for Sleep Apnea)

A Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) support group for adults with sleep apnea and their families is now forming. The group will provide an interactive forum for exchanging information, education on sleep disorders and review of new and old CPAP equipment. Board-certified sleep specialists and staff from Yale Sleep Medicine will attend. Refreshments will be provided. Two locations are offered for your convenience.

CPAP Support Group (for Sleep Apnea)

When/Where

Contact(s)

Phone Number

Shoreline Medical Center (Guilford, CT)
Call for times

CPAP Coordinator

(203) 764-6788

Norwich
Call for times

CPAP Coordinator

(203) 764-6788

Congenital Heart Defects Support Group

Our monthly meeting for patients and families living with congenital heart defects. Call one of the contact person(s) listed below for complete details.

Congenital Heart Defects Support Group

When/Where

Contact(s)     

Phone Number

First Monday of every month, 6-8:00 p.m.

Jeanne Imperati
Erin Ross
Andy Szocs
Marion Andrews

(203) 234-1371
(203) 214-0384
(203) 494-7672
(203) 376-6772

Maternity/Parenting Support Groups & Services

Nurturing Connections

This voluntary, weekly telephone support program helps first-time mothers cope with the added responsibilities of parenthood. It is available to women who received prenatal care at the Women's Center and gave birth at the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. Download our Nurturing Connections brochure for more information, or call Anita Bonilla, BSW, at (203) 688-8165.

Nurturing Families Home Visits

A free home visitation program to help first-time parents meet the challenges of parenthood, create a safe environment for their child and learn positive parenting skills. Download our Nurturing Families brochure for more information, or call Anita Bonilla, BSW, at (203) 688-8165.

Bright Beginnings Family Read

A 10-week program for first-time parents to enjoy reading together and positive parenting through selected children's books. For more information, call Melissa Rowe, LCSW, (203) 688-5996

Childbirth Education

The childbirth education program helps families get off to the best start with maternity experts available to support you through pregnancy and beyond. They also offer a variety of affordable, fun fitness programs, educational resources, childbirth and parenting classes, breastfeeding supplies and more. Learn more about these resources and classes

Stroke Support Group

This group is for survivors and their caregivers. It meets the last Tuesday of every month, 1:30-3:30 pm in the Cafeteria Conference Room on the Saint Raphael Campus. Registration is required. Contact Katie Novack, (203) 789-3362.

Transplantation Support Groups

Heart Transplantation Support Group

Our monthly meeting for individuals considering, preparing for, and recovering from heart transplant surgery. Two times and locations are offered for your convenience.

Heart Transplantation Support Group

When/Where

Contact(s)

Phone Number

Every other Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m.
YNHH Max Taffel Room

Jennifer Stook, LCSW

Nancy Tauscher, LCSW

(203) 688-7253

(203) 688-8535

First Tuesday of every month, 2-3:30 p.m.
Children's Hospital, Room 201

Dorene Scolnic, MSW

(203) 688-6160

Stem Cell Transplantation Support Group

Our monthly meeting for individuals considering, preparing for, and recovering from stem cell transplant surgery.

Stem Cell Transplantation Support Group

When/Where

Contact(s)     

Phone Number

Second Monday of every month, 5:00 p.m.
Children's Hospital, Room 201

Nancy Edgington

(203) 688-3222

The Witness Project of Connecticut

Specifically for African American women with breast and cervical cancer, this community-based education program provides cultural- and age-appropriate support services. Visit The Witness Project website for more information.

How to Find Other Support Groups in the Community

Many individuals who share a common medical diagnosis meet on a regular basis to educate and encourage each other. These groups are always evolving. For the most up-to-date information about groups meeting in southern Connecticut, please contact Infoline by calling their toll-free hotline at 2-1-1.

 

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