Self-help groups

Here is this week's list of self-help groups across Southwest Florida:


AAR Counseling Service, for caretakers and family members of individuals with chronic illnesses; 435-4015.

ALS Association, Florida Chapter Resource and Support meeting, 4 p.m. second Sunday, NCH North Naples Hospital, 11190 Health Park Blvd., Administrative Building, Naples; (888) 257-1717, ext. 130.

Arthritis Foundation aquatic classes, in Naples and Immokalee at various times; (800) 741-4008.

Bosom Buddies, breast cancer and lymphedema support group meets 7 p.m. second and last Wednesday, Telford Education Building, 350 Seventh Ave. N., second floor, Classroom 1, Naples. 12:30 p.m. third Wednesday, call for details; 417-4600.

Brain Tumor Support Group, 5 p.m. second Tuesday, NCH North Naples Hospital, Brookdale conference room, 11190 Health Park Blvd., Naples; 552-8340.

Cancer Support Group, 7:30 p.m. first Thursday, Unity Church, 2000 Unity Way, Naples; 261-5848.

Candlelighters of Southwest Florida, for families with children diagnosed with cancer or blood-related disease; (239) 432-2223 or (800) 738-3588.

CareOVMe, an ovarian cancer support group, 10 a.m. third Sunday, North Naples Hospital, main lobby, 11190 Health Park Blvd., Naples; 404-1240.

Center for Independent Living of Southwest Florida, 3626 Evans Ave., Fort Myers, offers Amputee Support Group, Brain Injury Support Group and Spinal Cord Injury Support Group; (239) 277-1447 or (888) 343-6991.

Epilepsy Support Group, 852 First Ave. S., Naples; 649-7430 or

Hepatitis C Support Group, 7:30 p.m. second Friday, Unity Church of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, East Classroom teachers lounge, Naples; 292-5706.

HIV/AIDS Education Group of Collier County, 262-8923.

ICAN HIV/AIDS Support Group: Day and evening sessions, Fridays; 261-0096.

Kidney Options Education Group: 1 p.m. second Thursday, FMC Naples Dialysis Clinic, 3699 Airport-Pulling Road N., Naples; 263-0802.

Look Good Feel Better: A free program that teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment; 261-0037, ext. 119.

Lymphedema Support Group, 3 p.m. third Thursday, Medical and Sports Rehabilitation Center, 12840 U.S. 41 N., Naples; 592-5500.

Liver Support Group: 948-1633.

Lung Disease Support Groups: 2 p.m. Thursdays at Briggs Health Pavilion, 399 U.S. 41 N., Suite 103, cardiac and pulmonary classroom, first floor, Naples, 353-6594; and 1:30 p.m. first Tuesday, North Naples Hospital, Health Park, Immokalee Road, cafeteria, Naples; 513-7878.

Lung Transplant Support Group: 1:30 p.m. first Wednesday, North Naples Hospital, Health Park, Immokalee Road, cafeteria, Naples. 353-6564.

Man to Man, cancer support group, 7 p.m. last Monday, Lutgert Pavilion W., 681 Fourth Ave. N., second floor conference room, Naples; 592-9750.

Marco Island Cancer Support Group: 10:30 a.m. first and third Thursday, 917 N. Collier Blvd., Naples; 642-8800.

Mended Hearts, for anyone with a cardiac event; 514-1736 or 261-5713.

Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida, provides wellness, educational, support, referral and information services for those with MS in Lee and Collier counties; 435-1901.

Myasthenia Gravis: 7 p.m. bimonthly, Lee Memorial Hospital, 2776 Cleveland Ave. (U.S. 41), Fort Myers; (877) 596-1491 or (239) 433-3277.

Naples Pulmonary Supper Club: 4 p.m. second Thursday, various restaurants; 353-6564.

Naples Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group: 1:30 p.m. first Friday, North Naples Hospital, Health Park, Immokalee Road, Naples; 353-6564.

Narcolepsy Support Group: 6:30 p.m. second Thursday in Lee and Collier counties; 352-1730.

Naples Fibromyalgia Support Group: 1:30 p.m. third Tuesday, November to May, North Collier Government Services Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples; 514-7264 or

National Multiple Sclerosis Society/Naples Living Well with MS Group: 4 p.m. third Thursday, Telford Education Building, 350 Seventh St. N., second floor; 352-5364. Physical therapy, Tuesdays, Naples Community Hospital Outpatient Rehab Center, 300 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples; 436-6712. Water exercise, 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Whitaker Wellness Center, 300 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples; 436-6712.

Ostomy Group of Naples: 5 p.m. second Wednesday,Telford Center, 350 Seventh St. N., Second floor, Classroom 4, Naples; 263-3493 or 436-5000, ext. 2358.

Other Voice of Naples, support group for laryngectomees, 6:30 p.m. first Thursday, Naples Medical Center, 400 Eighth St. N., Naples; 649-3394.

Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, 2950 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 417-3465; Open support group, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays; exercise class, 1 p.m. Wednesdays; dance class, 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and speech class, 11 a.m. Wednesdays; women with PD, 10:30 a.m. first and third Monday. The following are classes at satellite locations: skills and drills balance class, 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Bentley Village, 704 Village Circle, Naples, 417-3465; exercise classes, 1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Terracina Grand, 6825 Davis Blvd., Naples; 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive, Marco Island; and 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, Fleischmann Park, 160 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples.; skills and drills balance class, 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Bentley Village, 704 Village Circle, Naples. Information: 417-3465

Post Polio, for survivors concerned about post polio syndrome; 596-0320 or 435-0963.

Southwest Florida Multiple Myeloma Education and Support Group: 9:30 to 11 a.m. second Saturday, HealthPark Hospital, Bass Avenue, Fort Myers; 530-0582.

Stroke support: 436-6065.

Survivor and Friends Cancer Support Group: 3 p.m. Tuesdays, NCH North Naples Hospital, Brookdale Center, 11190 Healthpark Blvd., Conference Room C., Naples; 552-7203.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Third Tuesday, Naples branch library, 650 Central Ave., Naples; 417-5111 or

USTOO, a prostate cancer support group, 7 p.m. fourth Thursday, Physicians Regional Medical Center-Pine Ridge, 5101 Pine Ridge Road, cafeteria, Naples; 514-0990 or


Abortion Aftermath, for women suffering after abortion; 434-0579.

Adoption Task of Southwest Florida; 403-5893.

Breastfeeding: La Leche League of Marco Island, 10 a.m. second Thursday, Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 West Elkcam Circle, nursery, Marco Island; 642-4304.

Collier Pregnancy Center, free services; 262-6381

Gabriel Project, confidential friendship-mentoring program for pregnant women; 777-8343 or 434-0579.

Planned Parenthood of Collier County: 262-8923, ext. 320.

Sunlight Home, a safe haven for women and teenagers in crisis pregnancies. Housing, food, counseling and education provided; 352-0251.


Focus on Fitness: Lifestyle Change and Weight Management, 6:30 p.m. third Friday, 8870 Terrene Court, Suite 102, Bonita Springs, 949-2415; Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. Wednesdays, Community Congregational Church, 15300 U.S. 41 N, Naples and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples; 352-0527.

Overeaters Anonymous, compulsive overeating, 7 p.m. Sundays, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 777 Mooring Line Drive, Naples, 403-7664; 7:30 p.m. Mondays, St. John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave., Naples, 513-2338 and 12:30 p.m. Mondays, San Marco Catholic Church, 851 San Marco Road, Marco Island, 394-5044; 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, St. William Education Center, 750 Seagate Drive, Naples, 403-7664 or 7 p.m. Community Congregational Church, 15300 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 267-9090; 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 Park Shore Drive, Naples, 348-2277; 1 p.m. Fridays, Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Room 203, Naples; 8 a.m. Saturdays, Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples, 775-9137. Hot line: 936-3351 or

Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Glen Eagle Country Club, 6680 Weston Way, Naples; 566-1890.

Anorexia and Bulimia, Overeaters Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous: At the Willough offers a support group for Anorexia and Bulimia, Overeaters Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, 775-4500.


After Suicide Support Group, recover from a suicide loss, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 253-6600.

All About Me, self-esteem building for girls 11 to 14, 5:30 p.m. for six weeks one night a week, Youth Haven, 5867 Whitaker Road, Naples; 687-5172.

Catholic Charities, services for the elderly, 455-2655.

Caregiver Support Groups: 2 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island; and 1 p.m. first and third Tuesday, Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, 261-4404.

Collier County’s Anti-Tobacco Partnership, middle and high school youth, 732-2672.

Crisis and sexual assault hotline, Project Help, 262-7227 or (800) 329-7227.

Debtors Anonymous, 12-step program, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Community Congregationalist Church, 15300 U.S. 41 N., Naples; 450-0597.

First Fridays, free meditation class, 7 p.m. first Friday, 5020 U.S. 41 N., Suite 102, Naples, 435-6641.

Gay and Lesbian Support Group: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 514-2927.

Grupo Amigas, life skills and issues class in Spanish, 10 a.m. second Wednesday, 262-8923, ext. 301. SexSmart, co-ed teen sex education, 5:30 p.m., Thursdays, 262-8923, ext. 301. Both at Planned Parenthood of Collier County, 1425 Creech Road, Naples.

Jewish Caregivers Support Group: 10:30 a.m. second and fourth Monday, Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Chapel, Naples, 352-2907.

Naples Meditation Society: 7 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday, 2740 Bayshore Drive, Naples, 775-1200.

Overcomers of Naples, 12-step group for life controlling problems, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Restoration Church, 1459 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, 273-9403 or 352-6370.

POWER: 6:30 p.m. third Thursday, Physicians Regional Hospital, 6101 Pine Ridge Road, 434-6726.

Recovery International: 5 p.m. Tuesdays, St. William Catholic Church, 750 Seagate Drive, Activities Buildings, Naples, 591-2844.

Reiki Healing: 7 p.m. first and third Mondays, Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way, Naples, 775-3009.

Restless Legs Syndrome: 352-0074.

Seekers, an intuitive awareness group, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Agape Center, 11680 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 947-4802.

Serving the Healthcare Insurance Needs of Elders: 530-3364, ext. 230.

Survivors of Incest Anonymous: 436-7904.

Southwest Florida V.O.C.A.L., support to those falsely accused of child abuse, 948-8807 or

The Weave: 7:30 p.m. bimonthly, 3575 W. Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, to encourage self-empowerment and self-expression, 825-0939.

Tuesdays Together, support and discussion group, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples; 434-0757 or

United Guardians, support for Armed Forces families, 200 Goodlette-Frank Road S., Suite 8, Naples, 645-8345.

Vedanta Study Group, for people interested in finding greater peace, first and third Tuesday, Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Road, Naples, 503-4515.

Veterans Support Group: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, 2235 U.S. 41. N., Naples.

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