Support Groups and Social Work

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.

A free bariatric patient support group meets monthly and welcomes individuals considering, preparing for, and working to stay on track after weight-loss surgery.

First Tuesday of every month, 6 - 7:30 pm
Temple Medical Center, New Haven
60 Temple Street, lower level
Fusco Auditorium

Group Coordinator

Yale-New Haven Hospital provides bereavement services and support to families and friends after the loss of a loved one. Grief is a natural response to loss and learning more about grief will help with healing. For information on the bereavement support group schedule, please call 203-415-8940.

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

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

Parenting Support Programs/Nurturing Families Network

Nurturing Families Home Visiting Program helps new first time and second time fathers and mothers meet the challenges of parenthood, create a safe environment for their child, and learn positive parenting skills with weekly home visits by Parents as Teachers certified parent educators/home visitors. For more information, call 203-688-8165.

A support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers is held at the Saint Raphael Campus on Verdi 4 East. Registration is required. Call the YNHH Stroke Center at 203-737-1057.

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.

Every other Thursday, 7 - 8:30 pm
YNHH Max Taffel Room
Jennifer Stook, LCSW: 203-688-7253
Nancy Tauscher, LCSW: 203-688-8535

First Tuesday of every month, 2 - 3:30 pm
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.

Second Monday of every month, 5 pm
Children's Hospital, Room 201

Nancy Edgington

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.