Support Groups


Al-Anon Meetings: Strength and hope for families and friends of problems 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.

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: Free group for those who are newly diagnosed or those looking for continuing support. Facilitated by Amy Jenter, a licensed clinician with over 35 years of experience in health care settings who has also completed cancer treatment herself. The support group meets weekly at Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Great Barrington. For specific information, call John Parker at 413-528-2810, ext. 31.

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 John Arthur Miller, 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.

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 María Elisa Fuller at

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.

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.

Grief Support Groups: Offered by Hospice of Western & Central Mass., 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, March 8 to April 12, at Moments House, 34 Depot St., Suite 301, Pittsfield; and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 10 to April 14, at Sweetwood of Williamstown. Both groups facilitated by Chaplain Dennis Castella. To register, call Hospice at 413-442-0045.

Healing After Suicide Loss: Peer (survivor) facilitated. Meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Brien Center campus conference room, 334 Fenn St., Pittsfield. 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 Families — Raising Others' Children — Chat Groups: Formerly called Grandparent Support Group. Williamsburg group meets the third Monday from 1-2:30 p.m., 141 Main St. Haydenville, call 24 hours in advance to reserve child care or transportation; Huntington group meets 4th Wednesday, 10-11:45 a.m., Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Road, Route 20, child care provided; Greenfield group meets 1st Tuesday, 5:15-6:45 p.m., & 3rd Wednesday, 12:30-2 p.m., 90 Federal St., call 24 hours in advance to reserve child care; Turners Falls group meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 294 Avenue A, call 24 hours in advance to reserve child care. If you are unable to attend, 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

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. Interested patients, caregivers, family members and friends are encouraged to join. For more information or reply, contact Jan Martin Bopp, Group Leader, at or 802-681-7074.

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 at two locations: from 6:45-9 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 35 Park St., Williamstown, enter through red door; and 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 6-7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 165 Tor Court, Cancer Center Library, 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.

South Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group: Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Hevreh of South Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. Information: Lori at 413-229-3621.

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.


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