Support Groups & Classes

Alcoholics Anonymous

A support group for men and women who wish to recover/refrain from drinking and its associated problems.  Meets:This meeting has been relocated to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 495 N. Ocean Ave. , Patchogue, NY 11772

Bariatric Surgery Support Group
Know that you are not alone. Meet with other patients who are currently undergoing or who have been through the process. Join our Support Group. Share your thoughts, tips, recipes, network and participate in events – even swap clothes! For more information,
call 631-687-5429
Meets: 1st Wednesday of every month
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place:  100 Hospital Road, 2nd Floor Conf Rm. (Across the street from main hospital)

Bereavement Support Groups
Registration is required for all groups.
For further information and to register, call 631-687-2960.
Place: Swezey Medical Pavilion, 105 W. Main Street, Patchogue
Parking in rear of building on Lake Street.

Breast Cancer and the New Normal Open Support Group
Join our open group once a month from 7:00pm -8:30pm
Discuss issues relevant to your diagnosis, treatment and survivorhship.  
Location: Be Gentle Psychotherapy, 122 West Roe Blvd., Patchogue, NY 11772
Upcoming Group Dates: 4/23/18, 5/21/18, 6/18/18, 7/16/18 
A free service for breast cancer patients.  For more information call 631-654-7577.

General Bereavement Support
For spouse, partners or those who have lost children, parents, grandparents, relatives, or significant others: 
Meets: Every Wednesday
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m 

Spouses and Partners (8 sessions)
Meets: Every Thursday
Time: 5:45 p.m. – 7:15p.m.

Children's Support Groups (8 Sessions)
Meets: Every Tuesday
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Support and Education for Parents/Caregivers of Bereaved Children 
(concurrent with children's group) 
4:30pm -5:30pm

Survivors of Suicide
Every Thursday Evening
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Adults Who Are Grieving the Loss of a Parent/Grandparent (8 sessions)

Meets: Every Monday
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Parents/Grandparents Who Have Lost a Child (8 sessions)
Brookhaven's Hospice program offers a bereavement support group for parents and grandparents who have lost a child. The 8-week support group is open to all in the community, free of charge and is facilitated by a licensed Certified Social Worker.
Every Thursday Evening 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Registration Required For All  Groups
For further information and to register call 631-687-2960.

Meets: Every Thursday
Time: 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Place: Hospice Office, 105 West Main Street, Patchogue

Cardiac Education & Support Groups

Cardiac Outreach
Cardiac Outreach is an educational program and screening available for community groups, tailored to meet the group's needs. For further information, contact the cardiac outreach coordinator at 631-654-7240.

Healthy Hearts
Healthy Hearts is a free 6-session educational series offered two times a year for patients and families and is based upon American Heart Association guidelines for prevention of risk factors for heart disease. For more information, please call 631-654-7240

Healthier You Walking Club at the YMCA
Call for more information 631-654-7240




Self-Management Class
These three 2- to 3-hour weekly classes educate those diagnosed with diabetes on ways to help manage their disease. Topics include the following: Diabetes Overview, Nutrition, Activity, Blood Glucose Monitoring, Medications, Reducing Complications, Healthy Coping and Sick Days, and other miscellaneous topics. Each participant will have an individual pre-assessment consult as well as a group post alumni class with a registered nurse and a registered dietitian who are Certified Diabetes Educators. Preregistration and a doctor's referral are required. For more information, please call 631-687-4188.

Diabetes Support Group
For those people with diabetes, this group offers education and support about the disease and its treatments. This is offered at no cost to the community. Family members are welcome. For more information or to be placed on the mailing list, call 631-687-4188.
Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month
Time: Times vary days and evenings (see class schedule)
Place: Diabetes Wellness Center (in the Wound Care Center), 33 Medford Avenue (Route 112), Suite D, Patchogue

Epilepsy and Seizure Support Group
For individuals with epilepsy and their families, this group is presented by South Shore Neurologic Associates, PC, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center and the Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island. Topics include: safety with seizures, memory effects, relationships, stress, impact on job due to seizures, mood, emotional issues with seizures and other topics of interest to the group. For additional information, call Stacie Viola at 631-758-1910, ext. 2188.
Meets: 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: 100 Hospital Road, Patchogue

Mental Health Family Education and Support Group
For family and friends of people struggling with mental illness and/or substance abuse. For more information, please call 631-654-7760.
Meets: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Nursing education classroom 212, 100 Hospital Road, Patchogue

Ostomy Support Group
This support group encourages patients to develop independence and to assimilate the reality of an ostomy into their physical and emotional lives. Family of patients welcomed. For more information, please call 631-209-2006 or visit
1st Sunday of the month
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Place: Hospital Conference Trailers A and B

Parkinson's Disease Support Group
A support group to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Parkinson's disease and their family or caregivers. Registration required. Call 631-862-3560 or visit for information and meeting times.
Meets: 3rd Friday of the month
Place: 100 Hospital Road, Room 212, Patchogue

Renal Disease

Renal Care Givers Support Group
Education and support for family members and caregivers of individuals on dialysis provided by a licensed clinical social worker. Information and support includes counseling on topics such as entitlement and community resources, transportation and travel. Preregistration is required. Call Joy Gootkin, LCSW, at 631-687-2874.
Meets: To be determined
Place: Swezey Medical Pavilion, 103 West Main Street, Patchogue
Parking in rear of building on Lake Street.

A Pre-Renal Education Program
For patients with renal disease who do not yet require dialysis therapy, this education program can be provided as needed. For more information, call 631-687-2828.

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