Support Groups

Support groups provide a caring, open environment for patients and families to share information and emotional support with others facing similar challenges. Meridian Health provides support groups for families dealing with a range of health-related issues. 

Meridian Health offers support groups in the following areas. For more information, including dates, times and locations, please call  800-560-9990.


Alzheimer’s Support

Family Resource Center
Meridian Fitness and Wellness
700 Route 9 South, West Creek

Held the first Monday of every month at 1 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800-DOCTORS.


Amputee Peer Support

Shore Rehabilitation Institute
425 Jack Martin Boulevard, Brick

Meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 12:15 to 1 p.m. This support group is for patients, families, and friends who have experienced loss of a limb. Peer support is encouraged with mentoring, feedback and socialization. For more information, call (732) 836-4500.


Bereavement

Ocean Medical Center
Meets the first and third Mondays of every month at 7 p.m. in the Ocean Medical Center Community Room. To participate or obtain further information, please call 732-836-4573.

Meridian at Home Hospices South
6 week program. Call 609-607-6156 for dates.

Bayshore Community Hospital
Held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Call 732-739-5888 to learn more.


Cancer

Meridian Cancer Care provides support groups for cancer patients and survivors as well as caregivers, family, and friends. These supportive care services are provided free of charge at Meridian Health hospitals, close to home.

BREAST CANCER

Meridian Fitness & Wellness, Manahawkin
Held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Call 609-978-3533 to learn more.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Held the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
Call 732-776-3316 to learn more.

Ocean Medical Center
Held fourth Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m.
Call 732-836-4679 or 732-836-4573 to learn more.

Riverview Medical Center
Held on first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Call 732-859-8857 to learn more.

OVARIAN CANCER
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
For women with cervical, endometrial, ovarian, or uterine cancer. Held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Call 732-776-3316 to learn more.

PROSTATE CANCER
Riverview Medical Center
Held the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Call 732-530-2468 to learn more.

THYROID CANCER
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Held on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Call 1-800-560-9990 to learn more.

BRAIN TUMOR
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Visit www.njbt.org or call 1-800-DOCTORS for dates.

GENERAL CANCER
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Held the first Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. Call 732-776-3316 to learn more.

Ocean Medical Center
Held the second Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m. Call 732-836-4048 to learn more.

Southern Ocean Medical Center
Held the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. Call 609-978-8900 ext 2708 to learn more.

HEALING HELPERS
Bayshore Community Hospital
For individuals coping with chronic cancer. Held second and fourth Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. (no meetings in July and Aug) Call 732-739-5888 to learn more.

INNER CIRCLE SUPPORT
For family, friends and caregivers of those with cancer.

Ocean Medical Center
Held the third Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Call 732-836-4048 to learn more.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Held the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Call 732-776-3316 to learn more.

OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Ocean Medical Center Community Room. For more information, please contact Kathy Martin at 732-836-4573 or Caitlyn Griffiths at 732-836-4897. United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) affiliated.

ADULT ART THERAPY
Riverview Medical Center
An open art studio for adult outpatient oncology patients Held on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m.. Call 732-530-2382 to learn more.

CHILDREN'S ART THERAPY
Riverview Medical Center
This is a seven-week group for children 4 1/2 -13 years. Two types of groups: bereavement and living with a chronically ill family member. Call 732-530-2382 to learn more.

ADULT BEREAVEMENT
Riverview Medical Center
Call 732-450-2720 for dates.

Ocean Medical Center
Held the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. Call 732.836.4573 to learn more.

Meridian at Home Hospice South
Call 609 607-6156 for dates.

Bayshore Community Hospital
Held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Call 732-739-5888 to learn more.
 

Caregiver Support

Family Resource Center
Meridian Fitness and Wellness
700 Route 9 South, West Creek

Held the third Monday of every month at 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800-DOCTORS.


Depression and Bipolar Support

Family Resource Center
Meridian Fitness and Wellness
700 Route 9 South, West Creek

Held every Friday at 7:15 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Dementia Caregiver Support

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
1945 NJ-33, Neptune City, NJ
Brennan Rooms 104/105
First Wednesday of every month, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Begins February 1, 2017
For more information or to register, call 732-776-4245.

Ocean Medical Center
425 Jack Martin Boulevard, Brick, NJ
Community Room
Second Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
For more information or to register, call 732-202-8071.

Diabetes

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
1945 NJ-33, Neptune City

Second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Meridian Community Resource Center at Freehold Raceway Mall
3710 U.S. 9, Freehold

First Monday of every month at 2:00 p.m.  Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Meridian Fitness and Wellness Manahawkin
700 Route 9 South, West Creek

First Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800-DOCTORS.

 
Pediatric Diabetes

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
1945 NJ-33, Neptune City

Third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Type 1 Diabetes
Ocean Medical Center
425 Jack Martin Blvd., Brick
Second Monday of every other month, 7 p.m.
Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800-DOCTORS.

Dialysis
Ocean Medical Center
Community Room
Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sue at 732-477-0704.


Hawkins Hawkeyes Low Vision Support Group

Family Resource Center
Meridian Fitness and Wellness
700 Route 9 South, West Creek

Held the first Wednesday of every month - except July and August - at 1 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800-DOCTORS.
 

Mended Hearts

Mended Hearts is a national organization for heart patients and their families. There are 300 chapters across the country, along with 20,000 members. A number of members donate their time to visit patients in hospitals, offering advice and support.

Members do other activities for the organization as well. The local chapter—Chapter 179—has over 100 members. Educational meetings are organized to help members learn more about heart disease. At least one health care professional goes to each meeting to lecture on a heart-related topic.

The meetings are held at four Meridian hospitals: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, and Bayshore Community Hospital. Every meeting is open to the public and free to attend. To learn about upcoming meetings, call 1-800-560.9990.


Ostomy

Family Resource Center
Meridian Fitness and Wellness
700 Route 9 South, West Creek

Held the second Thursday of every month - except July and August - at 1 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800-DOCTORS.


Overeaters Anonymous

Southern Ocean Medical Center

Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 609-294-1561.


Recovery Support

Family Resource Center
Meridian Fitness and Wellness
700 Route 9 South, West Creek

Held the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, call 1-800-DOCTORS.


Rehabilitation

Shore Rehabilitation Institute’s support group is mediated by a licensed clinical social worker and physical therapist. Families are encouraged to share strategies, explore coping methods and discuss psychosocial barriers. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at SRI. Please call 732-836-4500 for specific meeting times and registration information.


Stroke

Meridian Rehabilitation in Neptune
2100 Route 33, Suite 2
Neptune City, NJ 07753

Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Stroke Program invites stroke survivors and their families to meet and connect with Meridian stroke experts. These experts can offer insights and guidance to help maximize quality of life.

The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. For more information or to register, please call 732-776-4908.
 

Weight Loss Surgery

Open for anyone who has already undergone surgery or anyone who is interested in surgery and wants to learn more. Meetings are free and no registration is required.

•  New discussion topics each month
•  Ask our team and fellow-community members questions
•  Exchange tips and resources
•  Gain confidence and courage, weight loss success is achieved together

Please call 1-800-560-9990 to find a support group near you.