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Support Groups and Classes

Cancer Support Groups

The Breast Cancer Support Group is for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Connect with others who understand the challenges by joining the group. Our team will lead discussions and activities to enhance overall wellness and provide a safe place to ask questions and share concerns. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 5—6:30 p.m. at UF Health North, first-floor classroom. For more information and to register, contact Tamara Sorrye, LMHC, at 904-244-1928 or Katrina Russell, MSN, at 904-244-5275.

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer is a support group 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 second Wednesday of each month from 1 p.m. —2 p.m. at the Florida Proton Center, 2015 North Jefferson Street, 1st-floor conference room. Contact Stephanie Davis at Stephanie.davis2@jax.ufl.edu or Kimberley Simmons at Kimberley.white@jax.ufl.edu for more information.

Childbirth and Parenting

Childbirth Education is a monthly class offered to current UF Health patients. Classes are held virtually and cover pain management, labor, cesarean delivery, and breastfeeding. Tours of Labor and Delivery are also virtual. Call 904-244-8109 for more information.

Breastfeeding 101 Virtual Class at UF Health North offers a monthly prenatal breastfeeding class for expectant mothers and their support person. Studies show receiving education prior to birth increases success at meeting person breastfeeding goals. The two-hour virtual class are facilitated by an international board-certified lactation consultant, or IBCLC. Join us the second Tuesday of every month from 6–8 p.m. All classes will be held virtually via Zoom. Scan the QR code to register.

Mommy Mingle is a free breastfeeding and postpartum monthly support group for new moms to learn more about the changes and challenges after childbirth. The group allows moms to connect in a safe, supportive space and share ideas for adjusting to the "new normal" that arrives alongside motherhood. From 2 weeks to 1 year, babies are welcome to attend with their moms. This group meets every second Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the first floor of the patient tower conference room at UF Health North.

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 second Friday of each month from 12 - 2 p.m. at the Community Hospice Hadlow Center, 4266 Sunbeam Rd Jacksonville, FL 32257. Contact Melissa Fehrenkamp at 888-257-1717 ext. 117.

Caregivers Support Group explores the rewards and challenges of caring for a loved one. The monthly support group for family members and caregivers of neurology patients meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 12:30 - 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. Contact Dedra McKinney at 904-244-9969 or email dedra.mckinney@jax.ufl.edu for more information.

Epilepsy Support Group is a monthly support group for seizure/epilepsy patients, caregivers, and the community. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month (February through October) from 6 - 7 p.m. at the UF Health Jacksonville Tower I, 580 West 8th St., first floor, Blue Room. Call 904-244-9737 or email Felicia.Smith3@jax.ufl.edu for more information.

The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group offers a quarterly educational symposium lecture featuring UF Health Board Certified Medical Specialists as they present up to date and innovative strategies for patients who have Multiple Sclerosis. This educational series is open to all Multiple Sclerosis patients, caregivers, and families in the Northeast Florida Community. Contact Adam Chaifetz DC, MSCS, MS program coordinator, at 904-244-9538 or email adam.chaifetz@jax.ufl.edu for more information.

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 - 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. - 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. Call 904-244-9719 for more information.

  • 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 - 11 a.m. at UF Health Jacksonville. Call 904-244-9719 for class location and additional information.
  • Yoga classes are 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. at UF Health Jacksonville. For class location and more information, please call 904-244-9719.

Stroke Busters is a monthly support group for stroke patients and their families. This group meets on the third Thursday of each month (except December) from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Tower I, 10th floor, Swisher Room. The support group will also provide a free lunch. Call 904-244-9098 or email lindsey.perrotta@jax.ufl.edu for more information.

Smoking Cessation

Big Step is a four-week smoking cessation program open to the public. Participants can enjoy yoga, relaxation, and meditation as aids to smoking cessation. Sessions are $5. The program starts on the first Wednesday of each month and continues through the following three Wednesdays. Meetings are from 11:30 a.m. - 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. Call 904-244-7837 for more information.