Our complete listing of available support groups
Support groups for victims of domestic abuse
People’s Place provides support groups for women who have experienced emotional and physical abuse from their past or present partner. Information and support is also provided. Contact us at 424-2420 for times and locations of our groups. Childcare provided at some locations. This group is a Turning Point community service and is free of charge.
MS support groups
Here is a list of support and social groups for Delawareans with multiple sclerosis.
Sussex Shore Group Two meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sandhill Rd. For more information, call Jamie at 684-4513 or Kay at 422-9584. The next meeting is March 11.
MS Couples Support Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Easter Seals, 22317 DuPont Blvd. The next meeting is March 18. To attend, call the group facilitator, Kathy Finkle, L.P.C.M.H., at 422-8026, ext. 146.
Shore Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month in St. George’s Chapel, Parish Hall. The next meeting is March 4. For more information, call Kay at 422-9584 or Jamie at
Kent Lunch Bunch meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month, at accessible restaurants in Dover. The next meeting is March 26. To join, call Regina at 734-8749.
Please call the leaders before dropping in.
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
Bayhealth Medical Center hosts a Parkinson’s Disease support group at Kent General Hospital. The group provides information about living with Parkinson’s Disease and is an open forum for discussion. An occasional guest speaker will stop by to address topics that arise within the group.
The support group meets the first Friday of each month in the General Foods Conference Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is March 6.
The support group is open to everyone with Parkinson’s disease as well as their friends and loved ones. For more information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7107.
Support group for survivors of accidents and murder
The Mental Health Association of Delaware, in conjunction with People’s Place is offering a monthly support group for people who have lost a family member, friend or co-worker to a sudden and violent death. The Survivors of Accident or Murder support group will meet 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning April 1, in Milford. The meetings are confidential, but registration is required by calling 422-8026, ext. 116. The meetings are held at People’s Place in Milford.
Breastfeeding Classes and Support Groups at Bayhealth
Bayhealth Medical Center offers the following free breastfeeding classes and support groups:
•Breastfeeding Class: meets at Milford Memorial Hospital from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month in the ABC Conference Room, and at Kent General Hospital the first Wednesday of every month in the General Foods Conference Room. The next meeting is March 4.
•Breastfeeding Support Group: meets at Kent General Hospital from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month in the 6th Floor Women’s Services Conference Room A & B. The next meeting is March 3.
Registration is required for these free classes, which are taught and facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant. To register or for more information, call 744-7233.
Free colorectal cancer screenings in March
To mark National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, Bayhealth Medical Center will offer free colorectal cancer screenings in both Dover and Milford.
Colon cancer is the third leading cause of death for men and women, and the American Cancer Society recommends all men and women be screened for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50. Those at high risk for the disease, including African-Americans or those with a family history of colorectal cancer, should be screened at an earlier age.
The screening will consist of a digital rectal exam (DRE) along with a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) to check for hidden blood in your stool. To register for a free screening, call Paula Hess, RN, MSN, at 744-6752 at least two weeks before the screening date.
Screenings will be held on Saturday, March 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Cancer Center at Milford Memorial Hospital, located at 21 W. Clarke Avenue in Milford, and on Saturday, March 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. at 742 S. Governors Avenue, Suite 3 in Dover.
Cancer support group at Wellness Community
The Wellness Community-Delaware is offering an evening cancer support group for those who have been touched by cancer. This group is open to anyone that has been touched by cancer, including the family, friends and caregivers of someone that has been diagnosed with cancer.
This professionally facilitated group will meet at The Wellness Community – Delaware, located at 812 S. Bradford St., Dover. Topics of discussion in this group include but are not limited to, the effects of a cancer diagnosis, information on treatments and side effects as well as ways to deal with a cancer diagnosis. Anyone interested in this evening support group is asked to call 734-0898 to register.
The Wellness Community-Delaware is part of a national non-profit organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Through participation in professionally-led support groups, educational workshops and mind/body classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of disease. At The Wellness Community-Delaware, all programs are free of charge. More information about The Wellness Community is available on their website at www.wellnessdelaware.org.
Seekers Support Group
Bayhealth hosts the Seekers Support Group for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Meetings are held from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month in Milford Memorial Hospital’s Rehab Conference Room. The next meeting will be held on March 14.
For information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135.
Bayhealth offers Better Breathing Support Group
Bayhealth offers the Better Breathing Support Group to help patients and their families cope with emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other chronic respiratory conditions.
The support group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. the second Monday of January, March, May, September and November at Kent General Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Conference Room across from the Pulmonary Rehab Department. The next meeting is in March 9.
The group is co-facilitated by a representative from Respiratory Care. For more information, call Bayhealth’s Pulmonary Rehab Department at 744-7402.
People's Place child mental health support group
People’s Place, in conjunction with the Mental Health Association of Delaware, offers two monthly support groups for parents of children diagnosed with mental health issues. The first group will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month, beginning Feb. 19, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Administration Conference Room, in Seaford. To reserve a seat, call 654-6833 or 422-8026, ext. 116. The second group will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, beginning March 10, at the People’s Place Counseling Center in Milford. Call 422-8026, ext. 116 to reserve a seat.
The meetings are free and confidential. Pre-registration is required.
Bayhealth offers free osteoporosis screenings
Bayhealth Medical Center offers free osteoporosis screenings (bone density measurement) to the community.
Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. Patients place their heel in a bone density scanner that checks the bone for early stages of osteoporosis. The schedule is as follows:
•From 9 to 11 a.m., the second Tuesday of each month at Kent General Hospital’s Education Department located at 208 W. Water St. in Dover. The next screening is March 10.
•From 9 to 11 a.m., the third Wednesday of January, May and September at Milford Memorial Hospital Women’s Wellness Center. The next screening is in May 20.
Pre-registration is required. To register, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7101.
Diabetes Insulin Pump Club of Lower Delaware
The monthly meeting of the Diabetes Insulin Pump Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month except July and August. The meetings will still take place in the Rehab Conference Room located at 560 South Governors Ave., Dover. The next meeting is March 11.
This is a free support group for individuals with an insulin pump or those who have insulin dependent diabetes.
For more information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7107.
Living with Cancer Support Group
The group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Milford Church of the Nazarene Chapel, across from Milford Bowling. The next meeting is March 17.
For more information, call Lois at 422-9385.
Bayhealth holds Grief Support Group meetings
Bayhealth Medical Center’s Grief Support Group meets at Milford Memorial Hospital for anyone who has lost a loved one.
Milford Memorial Hospital meetings will continue to be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the hospital chapel. The next meeting at Milford Memorial Hospital is March 17.
Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to attend. To register, call 744-7187 or 744-7135 or 877-453-7107. There is no charge.
Bayhealth offers monthly low-cost mammograms
Bayhealth Medical Center will offer low-cost mammograms every month in Dover, Milford and Middletown.
The low-cost mammograms will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. The next screenings will be held on March 18, at the following locations:
•Bayhealth Women’s Center at Kent General, 540 S. Governors Ave., Dover.
•Bayhealth Women’s Center at Milford Memorial, 200 Kings Highway, Suite 3, Milford.
•Middletown Medical Center
The screenings are made possible in part by a grant from the Bayhealth Foundation to address the needs of uninsured and underinsured women in lower Delaware.
Pre-registration is required. For appointments and more information, call Breast Care Coordinator Trisha Bentley at 744-6773.
Cardiovascular screening schedule
Cardiovascular screenings are available from 9 to 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of every month in Room 206 of the Grier Building at Milford Memorial Hospital. The next screening is March 18.
Free screenings are offered thanks to the Chronic Disease Grant from the State of Delaware. It is important to note that participants must register in advance, be uninsured or underinsured and answer some questions to see if they qualify. In addition, appointments are required at some locations.
To learn if you qualify and to schedule appointments, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7107.
Mental health services offered
The Mental Health Association in Delaware is pleased to announce the start of a new depression support groups in southern Delaware. The group meets in Dover on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and in Milford on Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
While support groups are not intended to take the place of professional mental health services, they can serve as a beneficial complement to the services. They enable the individuals attending to discuss the effect that depression or bipolar disorder may have on their lives with other individuals who have similar experiences.
The groups are confidential and safe. Individuals interested in participating in these or any of the other support groups offered are encouraged to call the Mental Health Association in Delaware for more information and registration.
From Kent or Sussex counties, call 800-287-6423.
Breast cancer support is available
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Peer Mentor Support Program for Breast Cancer provides free one-on-one support and education to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. DBCC Peer Mentors are trained breast cancer survivors who wish to reach out to help and support others with breast cancer. If you are newly diagnosed, are currently in treatment, are experiencing a recurrence or are a long-term survivor who needs someone to talk to, our peer mentors are here to help you. They can also offer support to spouse, partners, family members and caregivers.
For more information or to request a peer mentor, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435.
Bayhealth Holding Monthly HIV Support Group
Bayhealth has a new HIV Support Group to provide information and support to individuals with HIV and those that are supportive of individuals with the disease.
The group meets the last Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. The next meeting is on March 26. Meetings are held at the Kent General Hospital Education Building located at 208 Water St. in Dover.
Whether you are living with, have a friend or loved one living with, or are a caregiver of someone with HIV, Bayhealth’s HIV Support Group is here for you.
For more information, please contact Shila Hayden, PhD, RN at 302-430-5398.
Bayhealth offers blood pressure program
Bayhealth Medical Center offers its blood pressure clinic program weekly.
Free blood pressure screenings are held from 9 to 11 a.m. each Wednesday at Kent General Hospital and from 9 to 11 a.m. each Thursday at Milford Memorial Hospital.
For more information about the screenings at Kent General and Milford Memorial Hospitals, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 877-453-7107.
Bayhealth offers free diabetes screenings
About 66,000 Delawareans are believed to have diabetes, but only 45,000 have been diagnosed. You may not have diabetes, but would you bet your life on it?
Find out for sure at a free screening. Bayhealth Medical Center offers free diabetes screenings from 1 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday at the following locations:
Kent General Hospital Outpatient Services Department, 640 S. State St., Dover
Milford Memorial Hospital Outpatient Services Department, 21 W. Clarke Ave., Milford
For more information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7107.
Bayhealth offers free Steps to Healthy Aging Clinics
Bayhealth Medical Center will offer the Steps to Healthy Aging Clinics as an opportunity for you to meet one-on-one with a registered nurse from Bayhealth’s Education Department to confidentially monitor your blood pressure, pulse and weight, and to discuss any health topic of concern to you.
Clinics will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday in Room 206 on the second floor of the Grier Building adjacent to Milford Memorial Hospital.
Clinics will also be held every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. in Dr. John Mannion’s office, Suite 101 A on the first floor of the Medical Office Building at 540 S. Governors Ave.
For more information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or at 877-453-7107.
Recovery support meeting
God’s Way to Recovery sponsors a support meeting at 7 p.m., every Monday and Thursday at 1 Maple Ave., Milford. The Christian-based meeting provides positive support to anyone who has life controlling problems.
For more information, call 422-3033.
Total joint replacement class
Bayhealth’s total joint replacement classes at Kent General and Milford Memorial hospitals familiarize patients scheduled for a total joint replacement with the expected plan of care. The class includes a tour of the nursing unit and inpatient therapy department.
Classes meet from 9 to 11 a.m. on select Tuesdays each month at Kent General Hospital. To register, call Terry Towne at Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or at 877-453-7107.
Classes also meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays in the Total Joint Center’s Community Room on the second floor of Milford Memorial Hospital. To register, call the Total Joint Center at 430-5600.
Bayhealth Ostomy Support Group
Bayhealth Medical Center offers an Ostomy support group for people with ostomies and their caregivers.
The support group will meet to review new products, discuss new management techniques, support and problem-solving. Occasional speakers will also join the group on special topics. The group will be led by Bayhealth nurse Karen Merson, BSN, RN, CWOCN.
The support group meets in the Education Center Conference Room located at 208 W. Water St. in Dover from 7 to 8 p.m.
For more information, call 744-6724.
Bayhealth introduces Hepatitis C support group
Bayhealth Medical Center will be hosting the new Hepatitis C support group. The group is designed for Kent county residents seeking information on the disease.
The support group will meet in the Education Center Conference Room located at 208 W. Water St., in Dover from 7 to 8 p.m.
For more information, call Terry Towne, MSN, RN at 744-6724.
The Wellness Community offers Monday Morning Yoga Class
The Wellness Community-Delaware is now offering a weekly Monday morning Yoga class open to anyone who has been touched by cancer. Caregivers and family members are welcome. This program, facilitated by Marianne Wolskee, a certified yoga instructor, will teach us the yoga philosophy as well as lead us in some light exercises and yoga techniques that have been shown to boost the immune system and help manage stress. Practicing yoga and doing some light stretching and exercising can help you get past negative thoughts and introduce thought processes that help you heal. Doing this regularly, for as little as 15 minutes a few times a week can help you feel better. Mats and supplies are provided and there is no experience necessary.
Anyone interested in this program should call Jan Shallcross at 734-0898 to register. The Wellness Community – Delaware is located at 812 S. Bradford St., Dover.
Hearing Loss Association of Delaware Support Group
More than 31 million people in the United States are dealing with hearing loss today. Bayhealth Medical Center is holding the Hearing Loss Association of Delaware Support Group for individuals with hearing loss and their family members.
The support group is held the first Tuesday of every month (except June through August) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting is located at Kent General Hospital in the 6th Floor Women’s Center Conference Room.
The Hearing Loss Association is a national organization dedicated to helping anyone with hearing loss, and their families by providing information, education, support and advocacy. For more information, call Betty Martin at 674-3272 or Rosemary Cooper at 678-4804.
Southern Delaware Prostate Cancer Support Group
The Southern Delaware Prostate Cancer Support Group is for any individual who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, at any the stage of treatment or recovery. Spouses, friends and other family members are welcome to attend. The members are provided an opportunity to share their experiences with others who are facing similar challenges.
The group meets in two location sites; Milford Memorial Hospital’s Conference Room A and Kent General Hospital’s Outpatient Rehab Conference Room. Meetings are held from 7 to 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The group meets at Kent General Hospital on odd-numbered months and at Milford Memorial Hospital on even-numbered months. The next meeting, at Milford Memorial Hospital, is in March 17.
Phone or personal contact with support leadership is also available. For any questions, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7107.
God’s Way to Recovery Meeting Schedule
Monday nights: Men’s Christian Support Group at 7 p.m. Open to public.
Tuesday nights: Women’s Christian Support Group at 7 p.m. Open to public.
Thursday nights: Bible Study at 7 p.m.
The God’s Way Thrift Store is open all three nights, please enter via the side entrance. God’s Way is located at 1 Maple Ave., Milford.
Beebe Medical Center Programs
Free, finger-stick, glucose screenings are offered every Wednesday at three locations. No appointments are necessary. The results of these screenings can indicate whether a patient needs to see a physician for evaluation for diabetes. They are not intended for diabetes management.
• Beebe Lab Express, 645-3568. Beebe Medical Center, 1st Floor, East entrance
• Beebe Lab Express, 645-3010 ext. 2444. The Beebe Health Campus, Rt. 24.
• Beebe Lab Express—Milton, 684-8579. 611 Federal St., Milton.
The Cape Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, on the second Tuesday of each month, offers blood pressure screenings and periodcally offers glucose/cholesterol screenings and bone density screenings. Contact Bernita at 227-2055.
Beebe’s Community Health Department supports our charitable mission to encourage healthy living and prevent illness among residents and visitors to our community. Beebe provides a range of free health screenings throughout our community, including blood pressure, cholesterol, osteoporosis and skin and prostate cancer screenings. To schedule screenings for your group or event, please contact Beebe Medical Center’s Community Health Department at 645-3337.
A support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related diseases meets at The Gull House (Bay Mart Shopping Center, opposite Spring Lake, Rehoboth) on the third Thursday of every month. For further information, please call Kathleen Graham Frey at 226-2160.
Fibromyalgia support groups available, for further information please contact Beebe Medical Center’s Integrative Health Department at 645-3528.
If you wear an insulin pump or are interested in learning about wearing a pump, come join us. A support group provides an opportunity to meet others who also live with diabetes and share concerns. Beebe Medical Center’s Certified Diabetes Educators will be available to answer questions. For further information, please call 947-2500.
A Mended Hearts support group is held on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. McCurry Conference Center in the Medical Arts Building, next to the Tunnell Cancer Center on Rt. 24.
Beebe Medical Center offers CPR, ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), and PALS (pediatric advanced life support) classes. For further information and to sign up please call the Education Department at 645-3248.
Diabetes educational programs are offered three times each month for persons newly diagnosed and those who need a refresher course for managing their disease. An 8-hour diabetes self-management education series is presented as four 2-hour classes or as two 4-hour classes each month. Both provide the ADA standard curriculum for healthy eating, increasing activity, monitoring blood glucose, taking medications, healthy coping, problem solving and preventing complications. Programs also are offered in the Spanish language, and Certified Diabetes Educators teach all classes. Contact: Wound Care Services/Diabetes Management Department at the Beebe LongNeck Health Center, 32060 Long Neck Road; telephone 947-2500.
These free classes, sponsored by Beebe’s Integrative Health Department, will be held at the Wellness Community at theMedical Arts Building, Rt. 24 Campus. To register call 645-9150.
An African American Women’s Conference will be held on Saturday, March 21. More information to come on this event that was so popular last year.
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
A new Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support group is being formed to help those with PD, their caregivers, and anyone else who may be afflicted with body movement disorders.
The first meeting will take place at 3 p.m., Monday, March 2, at the McCurry Conference Center in the Medical Arts Building at Beebe Health Campus, John J. Williams Highway(Route 24), Rehoboth Beach. The group plans to meet monthly to share experiences, discuss resources and in general to support one another. There will be no cost. For more information, contact Dennis Leebel at 644-3465.