Support GroupsWhen you’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness, it can be helpful to talk with friends and family members. Sometimes it is beneficial to talk with people who have the same health issue. Support groups offer you time to meet and talk with other people with the same disease, to receive educational information and to learn about other resources that may help you.

Meetings are a safe and confidential place to share personal issues and learn from others’ experiences. Friends and family members are welcome to attend a support group meeting with you. Questions are encouraged — don’t be afraid to ask even the smallest question. Chances are others want to know the answer too!

If you aren’t interested in a support group, but need help coping with your condition, please talk with your doctor about counseling or other types of therapy.

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National Jewish Health Support Groups

 

Other Support Groups & Resources


 

All About Sleep Apnea Class

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30–4:30 p.m.

The All About Sleep Apnea class is an educational class for patients with sleep apnea and their families.

Class Topics:

  • What is sleep apnea?
  • What causes sleep apnea?
  • What are the symptoms and consequences of sleep apnea?
  • What are your treatment options?
  • What else can you do to help your sleep apnea?
  • See attached flyer for upcoming events.

RSVP is required. Seating is limited. Please call 303.270.2708 to reserve your spot.

Getting to the Meeting Room: Go in the main entrance and take the Galter elevator down to the basement. Follow the signs to the Sleep Clinic check-in desk.

See our free online.

 

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

National Jewish Health is a proud sponsor of the AlphaBeaters. The AlphaBeaters is a support group dedicated to helping people learn to live better lives with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.

Denver Support GroupAlphaBeaters

Support Group Meetings determined by the group during the year.

National Jewish Health Main Campus
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206

For more information, please contact:
Judy Simon, at 303.753.6969

 

National Support Organizations

 

COPD Support Group

The meetings will include an educational presentation (a different topic each meeting), followed by open discussion of any topic.

This monthly event takes place the second Thursday of every month from 2-3 p.m. at:

National Jewish Health Main Campus
Room A01b
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206

For information, please call Elizabeth Langhoff, LCSW, at 303.270.2743

 

CPAP Support Group

One Saturday a month (varies every month), 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Have you been been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Have you been scheduled for a sleep study? Are you using CPAP? Are you struggling with CPAP?

Join us for one of our support groups, free and open to the public. No need to sign up. Just show up!

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious medical issues such as:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • heart attacks
  • irregular heart rhythms
  • strokes

 

CPAP Support & Education Topics:

  • See the newest CPAP masks and equipment
  • Free blood pressure checks
  • Free CPAP equipment checks
  • Meet with local equipment companies
  • Raffle prizes
  • Free breakfast and coffee
  • See attached flyer for upcoming events.

This monthly event takes place at:

Molly Blank Conference Center
National Jewish Health Main Campus

1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206

For questions, please contact Ann Cartwright at [email protected].

 

Diabetes Support Group

1st Saturday of every month, 10–11 a.m. — FREE

  • Provides education on diabetes topics
  • Talk with others who have diabetes and discover useful ways to succeed in taking care of your own diabetes


The class and support group are meant for those:

  • Diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes
  • Who need to learn or review self-management skills
  • Who desire better blood sugar control
  • Who have a family member with prediabetes or diabetes

You will walk away feeling more confident to take care of your diabetes!

RSVP is not needed. Please call ahead to confirm the schedule. Contact Ann Mullen, RN, CNS, AE-C at 303.398.1410.

National Jewish Health Main Campus Cafeteria
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206

 

Joe Walsh Memorial Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

The Joe Walsh Memorial Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group at National Jewish Health provides a safe, secure environment for all patients with any type of pulmonary fibrosis and their family members, care providers and significant others.

The meetings will provide a different topic each month with open discussion at the end of the meeting.

This event is open to patients of National Jewish Health, as well as visitors and community members. All are welcome!

This monthly event takes place at:

Molly Blank Conference Center, Room J105
National Jewish Health Main Campus

1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206

Second Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m.

Contact: 
Carol Bair, RCP, CRC
Clinical Coordinator
303.398.1912
[email protected]

 

Mindfulness Meditation

While many people find it difficult to meditate, guided meditations make it easy for anyone to practice. Whether you meditate regularly or are new to the practice and wish to get started, guided meditations provide a way to effortlessly enter into a meditative state by the direction of an expert.

The session will be led by Lata Shirname-More, Manager, Division of Environmental Occupational Health Sciences, who has been a meditator for over 15 years and teaching it as a volunteer & certified instructor, through the Art of Living Foundation, which operates in 154 countries.

No preparation or training required; the voice of the teacher will lead you.

Fourth Friday of every month, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Patient Education Room A01b

 

Peers Accepting and Coping Together (PACT)

Peers Accepting and Coping Together (PACT) is a chronic illness support group. This is a group that allows kids and teens to:

  • Talk openly about their illness with peers
  • Feel supported by peers
  • Learn ways to help cope with demands of their illness

Contact [email protected] or 303.398.1516 for initial group intake and more information.

Where: National Jewish Health for Kids

When:
2nd Thursday of each month - 11-13 years old, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
4th Thursday of each month - 14-17 years old, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

 

Lung Cancer Support Group

Lung cancer patients and survivors and their caregivers and family members are invited to attend a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month. The meeting is a full hour of open discussion/support group. The group is open to people who have received treatment at National Jewish Health and elsewhere.

This monthly event takes place at:

National Jewish Health Main Campus
Room A01b
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206

The Lung Cancer Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month, 2-3 p.m.

Contact:
Elizabeth Langhoff, LCSW
303.270.2743
[email protected]

 

Supporting Each Other Together

This support group is meant for individuals diagnosed with any type of cancer who are in need of additional support. The support group allows for patients to have open discussion every month to provide and receive the support they need from each other. The group is open to the public and welcomes patients from outside of National Jewish Health and patients treated by National Jewish Health physicians.

This monthly event takes place at:

National Jewish Health Main Campus
Room A01B
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206

The Supporting Each Other Support Group meets the last Thursday of each month, 2-3 p.m.

Contact:
Elizabeth Langhoff, LCSW at 303.270.2743.

 

Transitioning to Plant-Based Eating Support Group: Explore Health from your Food!

The Transitioning to Plant-Based Eating Support Group provides education and support to those wishing to eat more plant-based. Whether you need to adopt this lifestyle due to health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, being overweight, etc., or you want to eat plant-based for other reasons, this group can help. Interact with experts who can help you get on a path that is sustainable, creates healthy change and handles challenges that may arise. Be with people who share your interest and who want to hear about your successes and help with roadblocks.
 
This support group is free and open to everyone. Seating is limited, please RSVP!

The support group is held at:

Molly Blank Conference Center
National Jewish Health Main Campus

1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206

Topics:
October 28th - Organics, GMO's, Labels
November 18th - Recipe: Food Share, Celebration
December 16th - Alkaline your body

For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Tammy Dickerson, Healthy Lifestyle Coach at 303.557.8662 or [email protected].

The Transitioning to Plant-Based Eating Support Group Support Group meets one Saturday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m.

 

Weight Loss Support Group

This is about you and your health. This is not a quick fix. We will explore the reasons behind overweight and weight gain, the benefits of weight loss, and focus on real solutions for the long-term. Come ready to listen, problem-solve and share. Learn from us, learn from each other, and start taking steps towards a healthier you.

FREE and open to patients and employees of National Jewish Health

  • No RSVP is needed, just show up!
  • Optional private weigh-ins, waist measurements and blood pressure checks
  • For cancellations due to inclement weather, please  go to 9news.com/closings

Meetings held on Sundays once a month
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Molly Blank Conference Center
National Jewish Health
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206

For more information, please contact Michelle MacDonald, MS, RDN, CDE at [email protected].


 

Asthma & COPD

Do you have questions about traveling with oxygen or pulmonary rehabilitation? Visit the American Lung Association's website to search for  locations across the country.

You can also find support online at sites such as .

 

Chronic Beryllium Disease

Consulting individually with a mental healthcare professional familiar with chronic illness, especially occupational illness, may help you as well.

Beryllium Disease Support Group of Ohio

P.O. Box 55
Oak Harbor, OH 43449
email: [email protected]

 

The Beryllium Awareness Group

email: [email protected]
email: [email protected]

 

Beryllium Victims Alliance

504 Michigan Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
email: [email protected]
email: [email protected]
email: [email protected]

 

Tucson Arizona Beryllium Support Group

11323 N. Anway
Marana, AZ 85653
email: [email protected]

 

Denver Sarcoidosis Awareness Support Group

The Denver Sarcoidosis Awareness Support Group is a collection of patients, their families and friends who are experiencing similar concerns or difficulties in coping with Sarcoidosis. The group’s mission is to provide support through mutually sharing experiences, education, coping strategies, understanding, encouragement, and discussing the physiological and medical aspects of sarcoidosis.
 
The group meets the third Saturday of every month from noon to 1:30 p.m.
 
Contact:
Leonard Holley Jr.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 303.371.0446

 

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Patient support organizations can be helpful. An excellent resource for people with eczema is:

4460 Redwood Highway, Ste. 16-D
San Rafael, CA 94903-1953

Phone: 415.499.3474, 1.800.818.7546
Fax: 415.472.5345
[email protected]


ILD & Pulmonary Fibrosis

To find a support group in your area, check out the following websites for more information:

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2001 to further education, patient support and research efforts for pulmonary fibrosis, specifically idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for and raising awareness of pulmonary fibrosis, an often fatal lung disease. The Foundation is also devoted to improving the quality of life for those afflicted with this illness.

The mission of the American Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.

A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.

 

Nontuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) Infections

provides information and support for people with Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infections.

View support group locations and contact information


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Local ALS Organizations

ALS-MDA Rocky Mountain
720 South Colorado Blvd., Ste. 380 South,
Denver, CO 80246
Office: 303.691.3331
Fax: 303.691.3379
Email: Christina N. Papadimitropoulos or Kristi Knoblauch

Resources available through local ALS Organization listed above:

  • Equipment Inventory/Loan closet with hospital beds, power chairs, speech devices and respiratory equipment. This is a free service and based on the needs and inventory.

  • Connecting families to research updates and opportunities.

  • Connecting families to one another as the best way to support each other and share local resources.


National ALS Organizations


1275 K Street, NW
Suite 250
Washington, DC 20005
[email protected]

Tel: 202.407.8580
Fax: 202.289.6801


5550 W. Touhy Avenue
Suite 302
Skokie, IL 60077-3254
[email protected]

Tel: 888.ALS.1107 or 847.679.3311
Fax: 847.679.9109


222 S. Riverside Plaza
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60606
[email protected]

Tel: 800.572.1717
Fax: 520.529.5300


3960 Broadway
Suite 420
New York, NY 10032
[email protected]

Tel: 212.420.7382 or 800.603.0270
Fax: 212.420.7387


300 Technology Square
Suite 400
Cambridge, MA 02139
[email protected]

Tel: 617.441.7200
Fax: 617.441.7299


P.O. Box 5755
Berkeley, CA 94705
[email protected]

Tel: 617.545.4882

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
BRAIN
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824

Tel: 800.352.9424