Support Groups and Classes
Cancer Support Groups
The Online Breast Cancer Support Group meets monthly and is committed
to enhancing the lives of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This
group’s mission is to ensure that women feel empowered and encouraged. Our team
will lead discussions and activities to enhance overall wellness as well as provide
a safe place to ask questions and share concerns. The group will meet from 5 p.m.
– 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. For more information and to register,
contact Tamara Sorrye at 904-244-1928.
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 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
or Kimberley Simmons at Kimberley.email@example.com
for more information.
Childbirth & Parenting
Childbirth Education is a monthly class offered through the Little
Miracles program. Classes cover topics on pain management, labor, cesarean delivery
and breastfeeding. Classes are held at UF Health Jacksonville’s 8th Street campus
the second and third Saturdays of each month and at UF Health North the fourth Saturdays
of each month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a break for lunch. To register, please call 904-885-5768.
Mommy Mingle is a free breastfeeding and postpartum monthly support group for new moms to learn more about the
changes and challenges that can occur after childbirth. The group allows moms to
connect with each other in a safe, supportive space and share ideas for adjusting
to the "new normal" that arrives alongside motherhood. Babies from 2 weeks to 1
year 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. in the patient tower first floor conference
rooms 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 to 2 p.m. at the Community Hospice Hadlow
Center, 4266 Sunbeam Rd Jacksonville, FL 32257. Contact Melissa Fehrenkamp for more
information at 888-257-1717 ext. 117.
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
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 cutting edge 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. For more information, contact Adam
Chaifetz DC, MSCS, MS program coordinator, at 904-244-9538 or email
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
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.
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. to 1 p.m. at Tower I, 10th floor, Swisher Room. A free lunch is
provided. For more information, call 904-244-9971.
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).