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Support Groups and Classes

Cancer Support Groups

Breast Cancer Support Group, a monthly group that is committed to enhancing the lives of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Through educational and emotional support, resources, fun activities and speakers, this group's mission is ensure that women feel empowered and encouraged. Meetings will be held the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the UF Health Jacksonville North Campus 15255 Max Leggett Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32209. For more information please contact Tamara Sorrye at 904-244-1928 or Mia Vincent at 904-244-5275.

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer is dedicated to meeting the emotional, physical and humanistic needs of oral and head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers. Meetings offer information, support and encouragement to newly diagnosed patients, survivors, family members and friends in a friendly, non-threatening forum. Survivors discuss their experiences, coping strategies and hopes. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. on the UF Health Jacksonville campus in the Learning Resource Center, 653-1 West 8th St., first floor, Ash Room. Contact Sarah Reising at 904-244-2910 for more information.

Childbirth & Parenting

Childbirth Education, a monthly class offered through the Little Miracles program. Classes cover topics on pain management, labor, cesarean delivery and breast-feeding. Classes are offered at the UF Health Jacksonville Tower II, 580 West 8th St., tenth floor, Coleman Conference Room on the following days and times:

  • Odd Months (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep, Nov) – Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Even Months (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec) – Tuesdays from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Please call 904-885-5768 to register and get the room details.

Neuroscience Support Groups

The ALS Association Florida Chapter offers monthly educational and support group meetings for persons with ALS and family members. Group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Branch Library, (Meeting Room A), 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Contact Judie Benwick for more information at 888-257-1717 ext. 112.

Caregivers Support Group explores the rewards and challenges of caring for a loved one. We are a monthly support group for family members and caregivers of neurology patients, meets the second Tuesday of each month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the UF Health Jacksonville Tower II, 580 West 8th St., first floor, Blue Room. Join us as we look to encourage each other, share information, experiences and provide resources to help better care for our loved ones. For more information, call Dedra McKinney, at 904-244-9969 or email Dedra.McKinney@jax.ufl.edu.

Epilepsy Support Group, a monthly support group for seizure/epilepsy patients, caregivers and the community. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month—January through October—from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UF Health Jacksonville Tower I, 580 West 8th St., second floor, Mason Room. For more information, call 904-244-9970.

The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets every other month beginning in January on the first Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UF Health Jacksonville Tower II, 580 West 8th St., tenth floor, Banquet Room. All community patients, caregivers and families are welcome to attend free of charge. These are physician-directed educational sessions that address all aspects of multiple sclerosis care and research. For more information, contact Adam Chaifetz DC, MSCS, MS program coordinator, at 904-244-9538.

Myasthenia Gravis Support Group, a monthly support group for Myasthenia Gravis patients and their families, meets on the first Saturday (every even month) from 1 to 3 p.m. at the UF Health Jacksonville Tower II, 580 West 8th St., first floor, Blue Room. For more information, call 904-244-9922.

Parkinson Support Group, meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (holiday schedules may vary) on the UF Health Jacksonville campus in the Towers, 580 West 8th St. Signs will be posted at the entrance indicating which conference room and directions. For information, please call 904-244-9719.

  • Tai Chi classes for patients and their caregivers with neurology conditions such as Parkinson's, stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and neuropathy are offered every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. on the UF Health Jacksonville campus. For class location and additional information, please call 904-244-9719.

  • Yoga classes for patients and their caregivers with neurology conditions such as Parkinson's, stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and neuropathy are offered every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the UF Health Jacksonville campus. For class location and additional information, please call 904-244-9719.

Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group meets on the second Saturday of odd months (January, March, May, July, September, and November) from 10-11:30 a.m. at the UF Health Jacksonville at the Towers, 580 West 8th St. Signs will be posted at the entrance indicating which conference room and directions. For more information, please call 904-244-9538.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, a free quarterly support group for patients with brain and spinal cord injuries, and their caregivers. Receive education, support and an opportunity to get to know and share management strategies with other participants. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of March, June, September and December from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the UF Health Jacksonville campus in the Learning Resource Center, 553-1 West 8th St., first floor, Birch-Cherry Room. Lunch is provided. For more information, call 904-244-3390.

Stroke Busters is a monthly support group for stroke patients and their families. This group meets as follows:

  • Jan. 20, Feb. 24 – UF Health Jacksonville Tower II, 580 West 8th St., 10th floor, Coleman Room.
  • Beginning in March, the group will meet the third Thursday – Tower II, 10th floor, Banquet Room.

A free lunch is provided. For more information, call 904-244-9971.

Smoking Cessation

Big Step is a is a four-week smoking cessation program open to the public. Some topics include yoga, relaxation and meditation as aids to smoking cessation. $5 per session. The program starts on the first Wednesday of each month and continues through the following three Wednesdays. Meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the UF Health Jacksonville ACC Building, 655 West 8th St., fourth floor, at UF Health Community and Family Medicine – Jacksonville. For more information, call 904-BIG-STEP (244-7837).