San Diego Community Support Groups
First Fridays Caregiver Support Group is for families and caregivers tending to people with special needs. Share your concerns and receive support in a welcoming environment. Every first Friday of the month, 6 pm. Free. Church of Christ, 482 L St., Chula Vista. For details and future locations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors Computer Group of San Diego meets every Saturday from 9:30-11:30 am at Wesley Palms retirement community in Pacific Beach, 2404 Loring Street. Members help each other in learning how to get the most from their computers with demonstrations and hands-on instruction. Visitors always welcome at no charge. Members range from beginners to those who build their own systems. Learn more by visiting www.scgsd.org or calling 858 459 9065.
San Diego Psychology Center's Social Thinking Groups for kids and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and related challenges. Using the Super Skills Training Curriculum, students can learn positive social skills through play and perspective taking. Saturday mornings; times vary per age group. $40 per session. Call for details. 2870 4th Ave., Ste. 101, San Diego. 619-297-1750.
The Stepmom Connection meets every second Tuesday of the month, 7-8 pm at the University of San Diego campus. Bond with other stepmoms while sharing your experiences. Free. For room location and other details, email email@example.com.
The Mother's Circle. Meet other moms and their babies, learn and share valuable parenting advice, and find out how much breast milk your baby is getting with a pre- and post-feed weight. Latch, positioning and other breastfeeding assistance will also be offered by a registered lactation consultant. Wednesdays, noon-1:30 pm. Free. Baby Garten Studio, 2226 Fern St., San Diego. www.sdbfc.com.
Survivors of Suicide Loss. Lost a loved one through suicide? This organization offers monthly meetings held throughout the county that can help you cope during this difficult time. Experience a caring environment where you can listen to other people’s stories, share your own thoughts and feelings, and help one another in finding hope and healing. For locations and schedule of meetings, go to www.SOSLsd.org.
Bereavement Support Group. Lost a loved one? Learn to cope with grief through these sessions that offer comfort and encouragement. First Tuesday & third Friday of the month, 10-11 am. Free. For details, call or visit website. Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, 354 Santa Fe Dr. www.scripps.org; 760-633-7784.
Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) Breastfeeding Support Groups. Tuesdays & Fridays, 1-2:30 pm at PPH Women’s Health Connection Boutique, Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion, 15611 Pomerado Rd., Ste 108, Poway; Thursdays, 11 am-12:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 341 South Kalmia St., Escondido. Free. 858-613-6110.
OceansideMommies.com. Join a free, online community for moms in North San Diego County (a chapter of non-profit organization, The Mommies Network) where you can connect with other local mothers, share information (on anything and everything – from tips on feeding picky eaters to the best place for kids’ haircuts) in private forums and meet up at member-driven events.
Warrior Traditions. This free program by Veterans Village of San Diego consists of off-base, confidential support groups for Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard and recently separated combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, that lets them share their experiences and discuss any issues they may have related to their service. Spouses and significant others are welcome to participate. Mondays at Libby Lake Community Center, 4700 North River Rd., Oceanside & Thursdays at Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, 2115 Park Blvd., San Diego. 7-9 pm. Also offering Spouse Night for the loved ones of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. First & third Tues. of the month, 7-9 pm. www.vvsd.net/warrior.htm; 619-393-2084.
Are You a Breast Cancer Survivor? Join this support circle and share personal experiences, gain support and meet other people who are in the same situation. English-speaking group meets every first & third Tuesday of the month, 5:30-6:30 pm; Spanish-speaking group meets every second & fourth Monday of the month, 6-7 pm. Vista Community Clinic’s Health Promotion Center, 846 Williamston St. 760-631-5000, ext. 7167.
NAMI Connection. The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers this weekly support group for adults that presents a relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and triumphs of coping with mental illness. Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm. Free. 4480 30th St., San Diego. www.namisandiego.org; 619-543-1434.
Lung Cancer Support Group. Third Wed. of the month, 11 am-12:30 pm. Facilitator: Steven Hickman, PsyD. Moores UCSD Cancer Center, Rm. 3106, 3855 Health Sciences Dr., La Jolla. For details, call 858-822-6868.
Bipolar Disorder Caregiver Support Groups offers support groups for parents of children and young adults affected by bipolar disorder. Third Wed. of the month, 10 am-noon in Rancho Santa Fe (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org); Fourth Thurs. of the month, 12:00-2:00pm in Poway (RSVP to email@example.com). 858-342-0327.
Updated: January 2017