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 with 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 (Allegheny County) - Support for people with disabilities and their families.
Allegheny County Coalition for Recovery (ACCR)
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
Area Agency on Aging
County resource links, contacts and many helpful information sheets.
Cancer Caring Center
http://www.cancercaring.org/ or 412-622-1212
Caregiver Support Program - Allegheny County, Department of Human Services. Respite services for Caregivers.
Call Seniorline at 412-350-5460 or access the link below for details
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
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
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
Pennsylvania Prevention Project
Community Resource Directory on HIV/AIDS service providers
(listed under resource, PA service providers)
Three Rivers Center for Independent Living - Advocacy and support organization
University of Pittsburgh, Center for Healthy Aging
Healthy aging educational resources and health tools (such as exercise tracking).
University of Pittsburgh, Institute on Aging
Partners with UPMC to offer educational material and community information on aging for families and caregivers affected by aging issues.
Offers support and recreational activity to children and young adults with disability.