You’re encouraged to explore the multitude of support groups offered in the greater Atlanta area. Support groups can be very helpful for anyone facing a new diagnosis, suffering from a chronic disease or caring for a sick or disabled loved one. The most obvious benefit they provide is an outlet for your emotions and an opportunity to share your experiences with people who can relate.

But don’t overlook a couple of additional meaningful benefits of participating with support groups. First, support groups can be a great source of new friends. Many people impacted by chronic illness withdraw from activities they used to enjoy. This often leads to social isolation and loneliness, which have been shown to negatively impact our overall health and wellbeing. Support groups provide an important opportunity to interact with peers and build new relationships instead of retreating into social isolation.

Finally, once you’ve found a support group you enjoy, you’ll eventually be in a situation to help other people through their challenges. Just as members of support groups help you, your insight and empathy will be invaluable to those who follow. Embracing this type of mission or purpose in your life has also been shown to enhance overall health and wellbeing.

Below is an abridged list of support groups in and around Atlanta, but myriad additional opportunities exist for a wide variety of conditions and throughout the greater metro area. If you need help finding the right group for your situation, feel free to reach out to us for help, or consult with your local hospital, religious organization or healthcare provider.

This list reflects the current publicly available information, but changes are inevitable. Please call to verify meeting information before attending.

Cobb

Aloha to Aging – Mt. Bethel Community Center: 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta

10:30am, 1st Monday of each month

Contact: 678-439-1177, [email protected]

First United Methodist Church of Marietta – Room 220: 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta

6:30pm, 2nd Wednesday of each month

Contact: Marilyn Crozier @ 770-420-9467

Presbyterian Village – Magnolia Room: 2000 East-West Connector, Austell

7:00pm, last Tuesday of each month

Contact: JoAnn Akers @ 770-394-0675

Fulton

North Fulton Hospital Alzheimer’s Support Group – Roswell Room: 3000 Hospital Blvd, Roswell

10:00am, 4th Saturday of each month

Contact: 770-956-7827

Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church – Family Life Center: 2715 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

1:00pm, 2nd Thursday of each month

Cobb

First United Methodist Church of Marietta – Room 220: 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta

6:30pm, 3rd Wednesday of each month

Contact: Rev. Elaine Wilder @ 770-429-7800

St. Ann’s Catholic Church – Parish Office: 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta

5:00pm, every Wednesday

Contact: 770-552-6400 ext. 6020

Cobb

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church: 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta

7:00pm, 2nd and 4th Monday of each month

Contact: 770-794-2978

Dunwoody

Cancer Support Community Atlanta: 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Bldg C, Ste 225, Atlanta

1:30pm, 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month (any cancer diagnosis)

Contact: 404-843-1880

Cancer Support Community Atlanta: 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Bldg C, Ste 225, Atlanta

10:00am, 4th Wednesday of each month (colorectal cancer)

Contact: 404-843-1880

Cobb

WellStar Health Park: 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta

6:00pm, 4th Monday of each month

Contact: 770-793-7828

Cobb

Spousal Group at Arbor Terrace of East Cobb: 886 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta

1:30pm, 2nd Thursday of each month

Contact: Debbie Dooley @ 770-677-9338

Due West United Methodist Church: 3956 Due West Road, Marietta

Mornings, 3 Wednesdays each month (times vary)

Contact: Sheila Welch @ 404-642-6027

Dunwoody

Family Caregiver Group at Jewish Family & Career Services: 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody

6:30pm, 2nd Tuesday of each month

Contact: Debbie Dooley @ 770-677-9338

Family Caregiver Group at Berman Commons: 2026 Womack Road, Dunwoody

7:00pm, 2nd Thursday of each month

Contact: Debbie Dooley @ 770-677-9338

Spousal Group at Berman Commons: 2026 Womack Road, Dunwoody

11:00am, 2nd Tuesday of each month

Contact: Debbie Dooley @ 770-677-9338

Well Spouse Association at Newks Restaurant: 1181 Hammond Drive, Dunwoody

7:00pm, 2nd Thursday of each month (group for spouses and care partners)

Contact: Jan @ 404-579-6782

Fulton

Well Spouse Association at Alpharetta Library – Story Time Room: 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta

4th week of each month (days and times vary)

Contact: Jan @ 404-579-6782

Cobb

Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center: 884 Church Street, Smyrna

2:00pm, 4th Wednesday of each month

Contact: Carl Proctor @ 404-275-9383

Aloha to Aging – Mt. Bethel Community Center: 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta

10:30am, 1st Tuesday of each month

Contact: Dawn Reed @ 678-439,1177, [email protected]

Fulton

Peachtree Road UMC Parkinson’s Support Group – Room B152: 3180 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

12:00pm, 2nd Wednesday of each month

Contact: Rev. Carolyn Stephens @ 404-240-8207, [email protected]

Westminster Presbyterian Church: 1438 Sheridan Road NE, Atlanta

1:00pm, 3rd Tuesday of each month

Dunwoody

Dunwoody Baptist Church: 1445 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody

7:00pm, 3rd Tuesday of each month

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