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  • Providence Area Support Groups

  • Lifespan and its partners offer the following support groups in the Providence, R.I. area. If you are new to the group, please call or email the contact listed to verify dates and times. Meeting times are coordinated by the groups and are subject to change.

    Additional support groups are available in the Newport area. See the list of support groups on Aquidneck Island.

    If you do not see a group that fits your needs, please call the Lifespan Health Connection at 401-444-4800.


    Asperger’s Support Groups

    Bradley Hospital hosts two support groups that are offered at the same time: one for adults with Asperger’s disorder and one for parents/spouses/siblings.

    • Asperger's Support for Family and Friends
      A support groups for parents/spouses/siblings of adults and children with Asperger’s disorder.
      6:30 - 8 p.m., second Monday of each month
      Bradley Hospital, Pine Room
      For more information, contact Barbara Whalen at 401-333-1705 or visit www.aane.org.

    • Asperger's Social Group for Adults
      A social group for adults with Asperger's disorder.
      6:30 - 8 p.m., second Monday of each month
      Bradley Hospital, Pine Room
      For more information, contact Arthur Mercurio at the Bradley Hospital Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at 401-432-1189.

    Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder Support Groups

    • CHADD of RI (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
      This local chapter of the national non-profit organization provides education and support for adults and children with ADHD.
      7:15 - 9:15 p.m. first Wednesday of the month
      Bradley Hospital, Pine Room
      For more information, contact Roberta Schneider at 401-369-0045 or visit www.chadd.net
    • RI ADDult Support Group
      A non-profit and educational organization for adults with ADD or ADHD.
      7 - 9 p.m. third Thursday of each month (except July, August, and December)
      Pine Room, Bradley Hospital
      For more information, call 617-697-8061 or visit www.RIADDULTS.org

    Bereavement Support Groups

    • For Children, Teens and Families   
      FRIENDS Way, a Gateway Healthcare partner, offers open-ended groups for children and teens, ages 3 to 18, and their families after the death of a loved one.
      765 West Shore Road, Warwick, RI 02889
      For more infromation, call program director Ryan Loiselle at 401-921-0980, ext. 1, e-mail r.loiselle@friendsway.org. or visit www.friendsway.org.
    • For Adults
      FRIENDS Way recommends The Compassionate Friends offers friendship, understanding, and hope to adults who are grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause.
    • Meetings are held the second Monday of the month from 7 - 9 p.m.
      Central Congregational Church, 296 Angell Street, Providence, RI, 02906
      For more information call 401-231-9229 or 401-272-6267, Website: www.tcfprovidence.com

    Cancer Support Groups

    • Lung Cancer Support Group
    • Support and Education provided by the Health Care Team.
      Fridays 1 - 2 pm, March 7, 2014 – April 11, 2014
      The Miriam Hospital, Fain Building 3rd Floor Conference Room
      Free Valet Parking
      Seating is limited
      For more information or to register, contact Cynthia Barry, LICSW/Kathy Higginbotham, LICSW at 401-793-2078.
    • Men’s Cancer Wellness Group
      2014 Series: For men diagnosed with Prostate, Kidney, Testicular, Bladder, and Penile
      Every 3rd Monday of the month, 6 -7:30 p.m.
      The Miriam Hospital, Fain Bldg. 3rd Floor
      Facilitator: Kathy Higginbotham, LICSW
      Speaker on a relevant topic each month.
      To register or for more information, contact Kathy Higginbotham at 401-793-2078.
    • Sibling Support Group
      For siblings of children being treated for cancer or other chronic illnesses.
      Two to three groups offered per school year.
      Call Jessica Cappuccilli at 401-444-8945.
    • Parent Bereavement Support Group
      For any parent who has lost a child from cancer
      Call Rachael Bloch at 401-444-9037 for additional information.

    Diabetes Support Group

    • Diabetes Support Group
      An opportunity to meet and exchange information with other people who have diabetes.
      On the first Monday of the month (if the Monday is a holiday, meeting held following Monday).
    • The Support Group runs from 7 - 8 pm in the Main Building of The Miriam Hospital in the conference room next to the gift shop.
      For more information, call Dawn Campbell at 508-761-4314. 

    Epilepsy Support Group

    HIV Diagnosis Support Group

    • Gay Men with Recent HIV Diagnosis
      For more information, contact Heather Ross, LICSW at 401-793-4432.

    OCD Support Group

    • OCD Support for Parents
      A mutual support group for parents, families, friends and others raising or caring for children with OCD
      6:30 - 8 p.m., second Wednesday of each month
      Bradley Hospital, Room 301
      Pre-registration required.
    • For more information, contact Chris Brown at 401-432-1205.

    Parents Support Group (Bradley Hospital)

    • Bradley Hospital Parents Support Group
      For parents and families of children with emotional, behavioral, psychiatric, or developmental challenges. Babysitting is available.
      6:30 - 8 p.m. second Thursday of the month
      Pine Room, Bradley Hospital
      Preregistration is required for groups and babysitting.
      For more information, contact Chris Brown at 401-432-1205.

    Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group

    • Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group
      For more information, call Barbara Smithson at 401-444-9097. 

    Transplant Support

    • Organ Transplant Forum
      For organ transplant support and education.
      First Tuesday of the month, except January, July and August
      6 - 7:30 p.m. Collis Conference Room, Hasbro Children's Hospital
      Sponsored by RI Hospital Transplant Center and RI Organ Donor Awareness Coalition (RIODAC)
      For more information, call Mary Buckley, LICSW, at 401-444-8433 for more information.

    Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery Support Groups


    • Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery Support Group
      Patients who have had or are contemplating having weight loss surgery come together to learn and gain support and inspiration. 
      This group meets at The Miriam Hospital. 
    • Monthly Support Group Offerings  

      For more information, call The Bariatric Hotline at 401-793- 3922. 

      Women's Hepatitis Support Group  

    • Women's Hepatitis Support Group
      An opportunity for women with hepatitis to learn about new medications and treatments.
      Held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6 - 7 p.m.
      Presented by Sara Wriston, NP of the Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Medicine
      Join us at the Women's Medicine Collaborative.
      146 West River St., Providence, south entrance, Second floor - Suite 11 C
      For more information and to RSVP, call Sarah Wriston at 401-793-7080.
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