Love and support
Support groups help bring families in similar situations or life transitions together to help support, encourage, and comfort each other through some of life’s most difficult times. While some are lucky to have built in support, sometimes our friends and families cannot quite understand our situation. Support groups can help us find the consolation, nurturing, and encouragement from others in similar circumstances or experiences.
Prior to joining a support group, consider what type of group might be best suited for you. For some people, a small, intimate group may offer a stronger sense of closeness, while others may prefer a larger group where they’re allowed anonymity. Most hospitals or health care specialists can help find a local group and make recommendations as to what will best fit your needs. Please keep in mind that many national associations or organizations will have a local chapter that may also provide support group services.
ACHIEVA (Western PA) - Support for people with disabilities and their families.
Family Trust - A division of ACHIEVA that acts as trustee of special needs trusts.
Allegheny Link - Resources and referrals for housing, employment, and issues related to disability and aging.
Allegheny County Respite Care Coalition - Resource lists for respite care providers in the region.
Cancer Caring Center or call 412-622-1212
Caregiver Support Program - Allegheny County, Department of Human Services. Respite services for Caregivers.
Call Seniorline at 412-350-5460
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Family Hospice and Pallative Care - Bereavement specialists offer support and counseling to those who have experienced loss, in one-to-one sessions and group settings or call 412-572-8821 • 1-800-513-2148 (toll free)
Family House - Family House provides a special "home away from home" for patients and/or families who must travel to Pittsburgh for treatment of serious or life-threatening illnesses.
HelpLine and United Way - Information & Referral Services providing problem solving and referrals to over 5500 Health and Human Services or call 412-255-1155
Highmark Caring Place - A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families – A peer support program for children who have had a family member die. Pittsburgh - 888-224-4673; Erie - 866-212-4673; Central PA - 866-613-4673; Warrendale - 888-743-4073.
NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness (PA BRANCH) - The site offers information to support groups for the mentally ill and their loved ones, advocacy tools, and educational resources.
NAMI - Emergency preparedness planning for the disabled
Pittsburgh Caregiver Support Network or call 412-735-0436
Three Rivers Center for Independent Living - Advocacy and support organization