Fairfield County Support Groups
Whether you’re suffering from an illness or having trouble coping with life changes, Fairfield County is home to many helpful support groups.
Oftentimes, life throws you a curveball that you’re unprepared to handle, whether it’s the sudden loss of a loved one or a major life change. But let’s face it; we’re all human, and when life knocks you down you sometimes need a helping hand to get back up.
If you’ve never considered joining a support group or you just don’t know where to start, below is a list of Fairfield County’s top support groups:
Well Spouse Association
Founded in 1988, the Well Spouse Association is a non-profit support group providing peer support and education about the special challenges and unique issues facing spousal caregivers. “It’s an opportunity for spousal caregivers to get together with like-minded people who ‘get it’,” says Larry Bocciere, co-leader of the Connecticut support group. The association organizes events, such as cruises, dinners and trips to the state park, for members to socialize and take a much-needed and deserved break from caregiving. Well Spouse Association: Phone: 203-333-7900 Website: wellspouse.org or email@example.com.
The Den for Grieving Kids
If your child or teen is grieving the loss of a family member or friend, The Den for Grieving Kids is a place where they can safely explore their feelings with guidance from trained professional volunteer facilitators. The Den holds evening support groups twice a month on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Family Centers’ Greenwich office. The Den for Grieving Kids: 40 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT. Phone: 203-655-4693 Website: familycenters.org
Divorce can be difficult, but you don’t have to go through it alone. DivorceCare groups meet weekly across Fairfield County. During each meeting, attendees will spend the first 30 minutes watching a video seminar featuring divorce experts, then spend time as a support group discussing what was presented in the video seminar and what challenges group members are facing. DivorceCare: Find weekly meetings near you by visiting divorcecare.org/findagroup
The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter offers many support groups, at various times and locations, where people touched by Alzheimer’s and caregivers can go to share caregiving ideas, to express their feelings, to hear about advances in research and advocacy. Alzheimer’s Association: Visit the link below for Connecticut Chapter support groups alz.org/documents/ct/SG_062014_WEB.pdf.
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery
The CCAR is a centralized resource for all people suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. The group provides peer to peer recovery support services and promotes recovery from alcohol and drug addiction through advocacy, education and service. CCAR has three Recovery Community Centers located in CT. Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery: 49 Cannon St, Courtyard Rear, Bridgeport, CT, 06604. Phone: 203-332-3303.Website: ccar.us
Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment
Raising a child with autism can be rewarding, but challenging nonetheless. The Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment is a non-profit organization that provides information, support and networking opportunities to the families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Parent resource and networking meetings occur periodically across Fairfield County. Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment: P.O. Box 370352, West Hartford, CT 06137-0352. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: (860) 571-3888.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The Connecticut chapter of the National Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance group, located in Greenwich, CT, offers support groups for patients suffering from depression and bipolar disorder. The DBSA holds weekly meetings on Fridays from 2:30PM-4:30PM. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: 27 Stag Lane, Greenwich, CT, 06830. Phone: 203-661-8282. Website: dbsagreenwichct.com
OCD Support Group
The Yale OCD Research Clinic provides an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Support Group that meets on the first and third Thursday of each month, 3-4 p.m. The peer support group allows individuals with OCD to share their experiences, struggles, and coping strategies. OCD Support Group: 4 Park Street, New Haven, CT 06519. Phone: 203-974-7523. Website: ocd.yale.edu/patients