When you have a serious health condition, receiving support and encouragement from others who’ve been there can make the journey feel easier and less lonely. When you join a support group, you’ll meet other people who know what it’s like to be in your shoes and can offer insight about what may be ahead.
You don’t have to be a current Sutter patient to participate in our support groups—many are free and open to the community. Our goal is to create an environment where you’ll receive comfort and encouragement.
Support Groups for Your Condition
There are support groups throughout the Sutter Health network for a wide range of conditions— from arthritis to diabetes—as well as several forms of cancer, including blood cancer, breast cancer, metastatic cancer and prostate cancer. These groups meet on a regular basis and allow you to form a community with other people facing similar challenges.
Support Groups for Families and Caregivers
When a family member deals with a serious illness, it impacts the lives of everyone around them. We offer support groups for family members and caregivers of people with cancer, as well as those who care for children with heart defects.
Sutter Health also provides support groups for both adults and young people who experience the loss of a loved one.
Support Groups for Children and Teens
To help children and teens express their emotions, we offer a variety of support groups including:
- Children’s Art Therapy Support Groups (CATS)
- Children’s Bereavement Art Group
- Cancer Support for Children
- Children and Teen Support Group
These groups are facilitated by staff, including clinical social workers, therapists and volunteers, who are trained to work with and assist children.
Support Groups for Parents
Whether you’re having your first child or you want insight from other parents, you might benefit from a parenting support group.
For new parents, we offer Baby Steps to Parenthood, Parent’s Outlet Support Group and other New Parents’ Support Groups.
If you’re a new mom, consider our breastfeeding support groups as well as A Mother’s Place, a support group for postpartum mothers.