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Support Groups and 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 work with parents to help children of any age as they come to understand their parents' illness and treatment. We can help clarify how children cope with their parents' diagnosis and, if further support is necessary, offer guidance on how to obtain it.

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.

Amputee Support Group

A free, monthly support group for amputees, their caregivers, family and friends.

Second Tuesday of every month, 4 - 5 pm
Virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams 

203-301-6262 or [email protected]

Bariatric/Weight-loss Surgery Support Groups

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

Bereavement Support Groups

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.

Grief and COVID-19: Helping people mourn together while apart

Grief is a normal response to loss, but grief during the time of COVID-19 is even more difficult when social distancing guidelines hinder the expectations and traditions of loved ones.

In collaboration with our Palliative Care Service, the Bereavement Service at Yale New Haven Hospital offers two Virtual Bereavement Seminars to provide education and support for understanding and managing your grief and honoring your loved one. The group is open to all who have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

If you would like to register, call 203-415-8940 or email your name and telephone number to [email protected].

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.

Maternity/Parenting Support Groups and Services

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.

Stroke Support Group

A free, monthly support group for stroke patients, their caregivers, family and friends is held virtually on the third Wednesday of every month, 3:30 to 4:30 pm via Microsoft Teams. For more information: [email protected], 203-301-6262.

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.

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.