Support Groups


Al-Anon Meetings: Strength and hope for families and friends of problem drinkers and addicts. Call 1-888-425-2666 or visit for schedule of meetings and directions.

Anonymous Meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: 413-448-2382; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: 413-443-4377.

Berkshire County Chapter for Blue Star Parents: Support and fellowship group open to all military parents: Reserves, National Guard or Active Duty. Meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month, American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive, North Adams. Information: Eileen Monyahan at or 413-212-0445.

BerkshireWorks: Job club with Millie Calesky, personal and professional coach, allows job seekers to expand their network of contacts and serves as a support group throughout the job search process, Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m., optional networking at 12:45 p.m., 160 North St., Pittsfield; preregistration: 413-499-2220, Ext. 154, or online at

Brain Injury Assoc. of Mass.: Support groups for people and family members affected by traumatic or acquired brain injury: second Tuesday of the month, 4 to 6 p.m., BIA-MA at Center for Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Complex, 5th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; No. Berk. Brain Injury Support Group, fourth Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m. to noon, BFAIR, 771 South Church St., North Adams, 413-443-0200; Men's Group, second Friday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m., BIA-MA, 180C Elm Street, Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; So. Berk. Brain Injury Support Group from 4 to 6 p.m., third Tuesday of each month, Community Health Programs, 444 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, 413-443-0200 or 888-554-5553.

Breast Cancer Support Group: Weekly, day and time to be scheduled with participants. Free group for those who are newly diagnosed or those anticipating, undergoing or completing treatment. Facilitated by Amy Jenter, LICSW, a clinician with over 35 years of experience in health care settings and who has completed cancer treatment herself. For more information, contact Laura Harner at 413-528-2810, ext. 20,

Breastfeeding Support: Offered by CHP & WIC for women who are expecting a child or who have an infant and are interested in breastfeeding, free, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at CHP Family Services Center, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Facilitated by MaryBeth Merritt, a peer support breastfeeding counselor and Birthing From Within mentor, 413-528-0457.

Cancer Support for Women: Support Group for all women facing similar life challenges in their journey with cancer, noon to 1 p.m., 2nd and 4th Mondays, BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092; South County group, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 Main St., Route 7, Great Barrington, 413-447-3092.

Cancer Resource and Support Group: For adults diagnosed with any type of cancer and their loved ones. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.

Caregiver Support Groups: Open to all caregivers. Bea Cowlin, LSW, and Joe Choon, facilitators of all groups. Second Tuesday of the month, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc., 877 South St., Suite 4E, Pittsfield, 413-499-0524; third Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 909 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-1881 or 413-499-0524; and fourth Thursday of the month, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Spitzer Senior Center, 116 Ashland St., North Adams, 413-662-3125, 413-499-0524.

Caregiver Support Group: Available for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia and memory impairments, facilitated by Dr. Jay Ellis and Ann Shartrand, LSW. Offered from 1 to 2 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month at Sugar Hill Assisted Living, 45 Main St., Dalton, 413-684-0100, ext. 161.

Celebrate Recovery: 12-step faith-based recovery program meets at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Berkshire Dream Center, 475 Tyler St., Pittsfield. For people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, eating disorders, sexual addiction, co-dependency, family dysfunction, depression, and those who have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused. Free. Child care available. Signups encouraged, drop-ins are welcome, 413-522-3495,

Chronic Fatigue (CFIDS, CFS), Fibromyalgia (FMS): Also called ME myalgic encephalomyelitis, and other painful syndromes. Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the Community Room at the Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough. Information: Delly, 413-442-8980, or Tom, 413-637-3242. Free. All welcome.

Conexiones Positivas-Latino Family Support Group: Family activities, story sharing, local resources & services. Children's activities in Spanish. Presented by Berkshire Children & Families, the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Elizabeth Freeman Center. Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month at BCF's Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Child care & transportation available. Registration/information: Reina Antunez at or Maria Elisa Fuller at

Domestic Violence Drop-In: For survivors of domestic violence. Support and resources around creating healthy relationships, helping children who witness violence, practicing self-care, DCF advocacy, and more, plus journaling, writing reflections, and TED talks. Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave, Pittsfield; Nakeida at 413-499-2425, or just come by. First-timers should arrive a half-hour early.

D.O.P.E. (Discussing Our Personal Experiences): Bi-weekly group meeting for those dealing with or concerned about the epidemic of opioid abuse in South Berkshire. Next meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, in Jaffe Auditorium, Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. Information: 413-528-2810, ext. 30, or

Early Stage Alzheimer's Support Group: Family caregivers can learn more about early stage Alzheimer's disease and other forms of memory loss & dementia, co-facilitated by Dr. Jay Ellis and Donna Smith, 10 to 11:30 a.m., third Thursday of the month, Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. To register or for info: 413-442-0907.

Eating Disorders Anonymous: 12-Step Support Group meets from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Berkshire Bank Community Room, 99 North St., Pittsfield. Contact Jen at

Gamblers Anonymous: First floor conference room at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, BMC Hillcrest Campus, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Information contact Charlie T. at 413-637-2550.

GriefShare: A program for those dealing with the death of a loved one, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 30 through Sept. 29, New Life Community Fellowship, 172 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield. Workbook costs $15. Information: Wendy Matte at 413-684-0001 or

Grief Support Group: Offered by Hospice of Western & Central Mass. and facilitated by Chaplain Dennis Castella, 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, July 12 to Aug. 17, at Moments House, 34 Depot St., Suite 301, Pittsfield. To register, call Hospice at 413-442-0045.

Healing After Suicide Loss: Peer (survivor) facilitated. Meets the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Berkshire Children & Families, Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. (Note new day & location.) Information: Peggy Morse, 413-441-6316,

Hillcrest Educational Center: Social Skills Group for school-aged children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, and other learning challenges, 6-7 p.m., Thursdays, 788 South St., Pittsfield. Registration required by calling 413-499-2031.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF): Support group for patients, family members, caregivers, and friends of those affected by IPF and other Interstitial Lung Diseases. Meetings offer education, friendship, hope and caring for those living with these diseases. Facilitated by John and Martha Dominguez, members meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month, in private dining room B, Berkshire Medical Center cafeteria, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-684-5015.

Kinship Care Chat Groups: Formerly called Grandparent Support Group. Groups meet third Monday of the month from 1-2:30 p.m., Williamsburg Senior Center, 141 Main St., Haydenville, and fourth Wednesday of the month from 10-11:45 a.m., Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Road, Route 20, Huntington. Rides and child care can be arranged. If you are unable to attend, a facilitator can come to you. For additional information, call or email Pat Keith, United Arc,, 413-563-1981. Call ahead in inclement weather.

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support: Meetings held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Redfield House, 48 Elizabeth St., Pittsfield. Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers, accredited by La Leche League International. New mothers, pregnant women, babies & children are welcome. Information: Marya at 413-441-7176 or

Learn to Cope: Peer-led support network for those affected by the addiction and recovery of a family member or loved one. Guest speakers are either experts in the field of addiction or persons in long-term recovery. Chapter provides free enrollment and distribution of Narcan, the opiate overdose reversal drug. Weekly meetings meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at HEAL Community Room, Berkshire Medical Cancer Center, (first floor of the modern building), 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Information: 508-738-5148 or

LGBTQ Support Group: For those in the LGBTQ community impacted by relationship violence or sexual assault. Support and resources around healthy relationships, healing from past trauma, gender identity, sexuality, respect and trust, and sex, love, and dating in small communities. Safe & confidential, supportive atmosphere, optional creative arts and meditation. For time & meeting place, contact Denise at 413-499-2425.

Low Vision Peer Support Group: Open to anyone who would like help coping with vision loss. Meets monthly at Kimball Farm Retirement Community in Lenox. Program offered by Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Berkshire Healthcare Systems. For information, visit or call Laurie Werle at 617-926-4268.

Multiple Myeloma: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including the northern Berkshires in Mass. and eastern New York state) meets from 6-8 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Community Resource Room, SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive, Bennington, Vt. The networking group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation. Interested patients, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to join. For more information or reply, contact Jan Martin Bopp, group leader, at or 802-375-5494.

Multiple Sclerosis Coffee & Conversation Group: Meets 2nd Sunday of each month from 3:30-4:45 p.m. at Lickety Split at Mass MoCA, North Adams. People with MS and their friends and family are invited to connect with others living with MS. Questions? Contact Amber at 800-344-4867, option 2, ext. 87127.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group: Meets from 5-6 p.m. third Thursday of the month at the MS Resource of the Tri-State Area office, 85 Main St., Suite 212, North Adams. No registration required. Information 413-664-2011.

Nar-Anon Meeting: 12-step support group for families and friends of addicts, Friday, 7 to 8 p.m., St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Pittsfield.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Free support groups for family and friends of those with mental health challenges. Led by trained facilitators, the groups offer information, insight and resources. Meets the second Thursday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at Berkshire Medical Center, 725 North St., Pittsfield, in the private dining rooms, use Wahconah Street entrance next to cafeteria. Information: 413-443-1666 or

Ostomy Support Group: For all men and women who have had an ostomy. Meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Berkshire Medical Center, Private Dining Room A, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.

Overeaters Anonymous: 12-step meeting, Friday, noon to 1 p.m., Fairview Hospital, ambulance building, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fairview Hospital, fourth floor, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington.

Parents Helping Parents: Share experiences and get support and encouragement from other parents, free, confidential and anonymous, Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., call for location/information: 617-926-5008, ext. 102.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group: For people with the disease, their family, friends and caregivers, meets at 10:30 a.m. the last Friday of every month at Williamstown Savings Bank, lower level board room, 795 Main St., Williamstown. New members welcome. Free. Information: 413-458-8427. Need resources to help? Contact the APDA Resource Center at 1-800-651-8466.

Parkinson's Exercise Group: Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., medical clearance required, $5 per session, Fifth Floor, Medical Arts Complex, Berkshire Medical Center, North Street, Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

Prostate Cancer Support Group: Open to men and the people who support them as they deal with similar life challenges in their journey with cancer. Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092.

Recovery International: A self-help, after-care method for persons suffering from nervous problems and fears, non-sectarian, meets at 2 p.m. every Sunday, Autumn Room at St. Mark's Church, West Street, Pittsfield; use the Albro Street entrance.

Tea and Talk: A support group for adult women with a brain injury, Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Brain Injury Association-Massachusetts, Western Regional Office, 180 Elm St., Suite C, Pittsfield. Call 413-443-0200 before first meeting.

Tobacco Treatment Programs: Men's program meets Wednesdays at 5 p.m., women's program meets Thursdays at 6 p.m., Fairview Hospital conference room, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; preregistration: 413-854-9608.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, weight loss support group, every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, 413-841-8412, 413-822-9593.

Transitions: For people who have or are currently having housing issues because of relationship violence or its effects. Support and resources around finding and transitioning into stable housing, plus art activities like pottery, knitting, painting, re-purposing items, and more. Every Monday at 10 a.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave, Pittsfield; Heather at 413-499-2425.

Women Warriors: Peer support, resources, and social activities for survivors of domestic or sexual violence. Social outings (picnics, fairs, trips), holiday celebrations, stories on courage, peer support, coping skills, & more. Every Friday from 2-4 p.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave., Pittsfield; Linda P. at 413-499-2425.


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