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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 Florida Proton Center, 2015 North Jefferson Street, 1st floor conference room. Contact Stephanie Davis at 904-244-1179 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 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 904-244-9970.

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 adam.chaifetz@jax.ufl.edu.

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.

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.

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).