Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

Self-Help and Support Groups

Self-Help and Support Groups that meet at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital provide individuals and family members with information, education and assistance in learning to cope with the emotional and practical aspects of an illness and other health-related conditions.

These groups are also a wonderful opportunity to meet others and share information, experiences, strengths and hopes.

Please note that not all groups meet every month and meeting locations vary, call ahead to verify the time and meeting location.

For more information regarding support groups, please contact the Community Education Department at (732) 846-0131.

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)
For 24-hour assistance and meeting information call 800-245-1377; 908-687-8566 or visit www.nnjaa.org.
ALS Support Group

This is a support group for individuals with Lou Gerhig’s Disease and their family members. It typically meets the third Saturday of the month. Meeting dates and times can change.

Please contact Mary Ann Mertz, MRN, MA at (732) 235-7331 for meeting date confirmation.

Aplastic Anemia & MDS Support Group
Would you like to connect with other bone marrow failure disease patients and families? The Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation is building Communities of Hope, volunteer-led local support groups. The RWJ Aplastic Anemia & MDS Support Group meets the 4th Saturday of the month, 10:30 am. to 12:30 p.m., in the Wellness Community Room of the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, located at Wellness Plaza, 100 Kirkpatrick Street, 2nd floor, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901. For parking, the entrance to the Wellness Plaza parking deck is located on Paterson Street, between Joyce Kilmer Ave and Kirkpatrick Street. For more information call Community Health Education at (732) 846.0131.
Bariatric Support Group
Join the support group meetings to get answers to your questions, and connect with others to share your experiences, about post-bariatric surgery. The Bariatric Support Group meets the 1th Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, in the Wellness Community Room of the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, located at Wellness Plaza, 100 Kirkpatrick Street, 2nd floor, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901. For parking, the entrance to the Wellness Plaza parking deck is located on Paterson Street, between Joyce Kilmer Ave and Kirkpatrick Street. For more information and to RSVP contact Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ at (732) 640.5316 or njsurgicalbariatrics@gmail.com.
Brain Aneurysm & AVM Support Group
Survivors and their family members can meet with their peers and participate in open discussions on managing daily activities including healthy living, faith and spiritual healing, and nutrition and exercise.

The group meets the 1st Wednesday of alternate (January, March, May, July, September, and November) months, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Wellness Community Room of the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, located at Wellness Plaza, 100 Kirkpatrick Street, 2nd floor, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901.  For parking, the entrance to the Wellness Plaza parking deck is located on Paterson Street, between Joyce Kilmer Ave and Kirkpatrick Street.  For more information please contact Sandia Royal at BASG@rwjuh.edu or call 732.937.8820.

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Breast Cancer Support Group
The group goals are to provide education and understanding of patients with the disease, create opportunities to lean and to facilitate sharing among breast cancer survivors. Support group meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7-8:30 p.m. in the CINJ 2nd floor Clusters 2-3 Waiting Room. For more information call CINJ at (732) 235-7011. Deborah Leif, MSW, LCSW is the facilitator.
Depression and Mood Disorder Support Group

This is a support group for people experiencing mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Family and friends are also welcome. This group meets every Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the RWJ Auditorium.

HOTLINE: 1.888.226.6437 (Depression or Bi-Polar) or www.moodgarden.com.

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
This support group discusses the fears and concerns about diagnosis and treatment; if and how your family roles may change; and how best to talk with family, friends and children about cancer. Support group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. in the CINJ 1st floor Women’s Center Waiting Room. For more information call CINJ Social Work Department (732) 235-6792.
Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Support Group
This support group is for transplant patients and their families. The group meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at 10 Plum Street, 7th Floor Conference Room. No meetings in July and August. For details contact Joanne Hall at 732-253-3699.
Living With Cancer Support Group
The goals of this group are to provide education, promote mutual problem solving and facilitate sharing. This group is open to all and meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7-8:30 p.m. in the CINJ 2nd Floor Waiting Room. For details and to register call Barbara Hale, LCSW at (732) 235-7557.
NA (Narcotics Anonymous) Support Group
For support group information call 800-992-0401.
New Moms - New Babies: A New Mother's Support Group

Connect with other moms to share the joys and challenges of new motherhood. With group discussions and speakers we will address such postpartum issues as:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Breast feeding
  • Body image issues
  • Staying at home or working outside the home
  • Childcare issues
  • Balancing baby’s needs with family’s needs
  • Functioning without any personal space

No registration or fee is required. The group meets every Thursday, 12 noon to 2 p.m., in the (BMSCH) Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room. For more information call (732)-253-3871.

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Support Group

This support group is for people with OCD and their families.  The support group meets on the 2nd Monday of March, June, September and December, at 7 p.m. in the Community Education Room of the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, located at 100 Kirkpatrick Street, 2nd Floor., New Brunswick, NJ, 08901.

For free parking, the entrance to the Wellness Plaza parking deck is located on Paterson Street, between Joyce Kilmer Avenue and Kirkpatrick Street.

For more information contact www.njocf.org or the hot line at 732-476-4021 (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Parkinson' s Disease Afternoon Support Group

This group is for education and support of people with Parkinson’s and their families. The group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 12:30 p.m. For information and to confirm meeting, call the New Jersey Parkinson’s Disease Information and Referral Center at (732) 745-7520.

For additional resources, click here to visit the Parkinson’s Information and Referral Center online.

Parkinson' s Disease Evening Support Group

This group provides education and support for people with young onset Parkinson’s, and their families. The group meets group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m. For information and to confirm meeting, call the New Jersey Parkinson’s Disease Information and Referral Center at (732) 745-7520.

For additional resources, click here to visit the Parkinson’s Information and Referral Center online.

Stroke: True Life After Stroke Support Group

Stroke survivors and their family members can meet with peers and participate in activities focused on speech and language. Open discussions will be held with caregivers and group members regarding life after stroke.

The RWJ True Life After Stroke Support Group meets quarterly on the 3rd Thursday of the following (2014) months:  February 20, May 15, August 21, October 16, 12:30 pm. to 1:30 p.m., at the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center Community Education Room, located at 100 Kirkpatrick Street (2nd Floor), New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Free 3-hour parking is available in the Fitness & Wellness Center parking deck. Entrance to the deck is on Paterson Street, by the corner of Joyce Kilmer Avenue.

Light refreshments to be served.

If a member requires assistance with ambulation, driving, or other ADL's, it is required for a caregiver to be present throughout the duration of the group.

If you have any questions, you may contact Dori Herskovitz, Department of Speech and Hearing, at (732)-937-8655 or Kathe Johnson at (732) 846-0131.