Support Groups

MaineGeneral Health and its many community partners offer many groups to support individuals throughout the Kennebec Valley with medical or other issues.

If you are a support group coordinator and need updates made to the information below, please send changes to public@mainegeneral.org along with your phone number in case we need to speak with you.

If you have suggestions for non-commercial support groups or services to add to our list, please send the information and a contact name and phone number to public@mainegeneral.org.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Learn about the many meeting sites in the Augusta and Waterville areas by visiting Alcoholics Anonymous or calling toll-free (800) 737-6237.

Alzheimer's Association Family and Caregiver Support Groups

  • Gardiner: Meets the first Wednesday of the month, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Alzheimer's Care Center, Adult Day Services meeting room, 154 Dresden Avenue, Gardiner.
  • Hallowell: Meets the last Thursday of the month, 1 - 3 p.m., Granite Hill Estates, Longfellow Room, 60 Balsam Drive, Hallowell. To learn more, please call (207) 588-3525 or (207) 626-1770

Amputee Support

The Aspired Amputees support group meets the second Wednesday of the month at noon at the Winthrop Town Office Conference Room, 17 Highland Avenue, Winthrop. During the summer months, the group meets at Norcross Point.

Group leader Ann Lindholm is certified by and a member of the Amputee Coalition of America.

Call (207) 377-5787 or email aspiredamputees@gmail.com for more information. You may also visit the group's Facebook page to learn more.

Batterers Intervention

Menswork offers a Certified Batterers Intervention Program. These group education classes in Kennebec and Somerset counties are for men who have verbally, mentally or physically abused a woman in an intimate relationship.

Menswork's goal is to stop violence and promote individual accountability and respect.

For more information, please call (207) 623-7252.

Breast Cancer Support

The Breast Cancer Support Group meets the third Wednesday of the month, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Alfond Center for Health (ACH), 35 Medical Center Parkway, Augusta.

For more information, please call MaineGeneral's Breast Care Program at (207) 621-6162.

Breastfeeding Support

  • Augusta: This group meets four times a month at the ACH. Meetings are Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., or Wednesdays, noon to 2 p.m.

For meeting dates and locations, please call (207) 248-5229.

Cancer Support

Breast Cancer

The Breast Cancer Support Group meets the third Wednesday of the month, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care (HACCC), 361 Old Belgrade Road, Augusta. Call MaineGeneral's Breast Care Program at (207) 621-6162 for more information.

Cancer

  • General Cancer: Meets the first and third Thursday of the month from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the HACCC, Augusta. Pre-registration is required. Call Ruth Coffey, LCSW, at (207) 621-6120 for more information.
  • Metastatic Cancer: Meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the HACCC, Augusta. Call Ruth Coffey, LCSW, at (207) 621-6210 to learn more.
  • Prostate Cancer: A group focusing on prostate cancer information and support meets the last Tuesday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Prescott Room, HACCC, Augusta.

All who have been touched by prostate cancer are welcome, including men, spouses and loved ones. New attendees are always welcome.

For more information, please call Nelson or Rose Leavitt, (207) 622-6093 or email naleavitt@gmail.com. You can also learn more on the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer's web site.

Caregivers Support

  • Hallowell: This group meets the second Tuesday of the month, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cohen Community Center, 22 Town Farm Road, Hallowell. You are invited to bring a lunch.
  • Waterville: This group meets the third Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Muskie Community Center, 38 Gold Street, Waterville.

For more information please call (800) 639-1553.

Family Violence Support Groups

  • Augusta: For more information, please call toll-free (877) 890-7788 or (207) 623-3569.
  • Skowhegan: For more information, please call (207) 474-8860.
  • Waterville: For more information, please call (207) 877-0835.

For a complete list of services, visit the Family Violence Project.

Food Addicts in Recovery

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a fellowship of men and women who have difficulties controlling the way they eat.

Participation in FA has proven to be an effective, long-term solution to food addiction for many people, whether they are undereaters, bulimics or otherwise food-obsessed.

There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. To find a meeting close to you, visit www.foodaddicts.org.

Grief Support Groups and Services

Grief is a very personal experience and there is no right or wrong way to grieve.

It is an expression of our love for those whom we care for deeply. Often those closest to us, in their own grief, cannot offer us the support and listening we need.

MaineGeneral Hospice Volunteers of Kennebec Valley provides compassionate peer support groups for people living in the greater Augusta area who have experienced the death of a loved one.

All support groups are free and open to community members.

We understand calling to join a group can be difficult. Our bereavement coordinator welcomes any questions. Please call (207) 626-1780 for more information, questions, or to register.

  • General Loss Grief Support Group: A six-week group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one; offered throughout the year. Participants explore feelings of grief and loss in a safe, supportive peer setting.
  • Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group: An eight-week group offered to adults who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide.
  • Child Loss Grief Support Group: A six-week group offered to adults who have experienced the death of a child of any age.
  • Healing Hearts, a Family Grief Support Program: A seven-week program held four times each year for families with children ages 3-17 grieving the death of a loved one.

Children meet in age-appropriate groups to explore feelings and share memories through art, play and storytelling. Adults meet at the same time for support and information related to their children’s grief.

Other Bereavement Resources

Similar groups and programs are available for residents of the greater Waterville and Skowhegan communities.

If you live in the Waterville area, please call Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area at (207) 873-3615 or visit their website.

In Skowhegan, please call Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County at (207) 474-7775 or visit their website.

KVCAP Healthy Families

Maine Families provides parenting support (prenatal to age 5) through a free home visiting program in Kennebec and Somerset counties.

The program also offers playgroups, organized family events, newsletters, developmental screening, goal planning, school groups for teens and a mail only option.

For more information, please call (207) 859-8517 in Kennebec County; call (207) 474-8487 x2537 if you live in Somerset County.

Gastric Sleeve/Gastric Bypass Surgery Support

MaineGeneral Medical Center's (MGMC) Bariatric Center offers gastric sleeve and gastric bypass support groups for current and prospective patients and their family members.

Due to the nature of discussions, the meetings are for adults only.

  • Augusta: This group meets twice per month in at the ACH, Augusta. Please call (800) 971-8150 for specific dates and times.
  • Waterville: This group meets the first Thursday of the month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., at the TCH, Waterville. Please call (800) 971-8150 for specific dates and times.

Mental Illness Support

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Maine Chapter, provides support, education, referrals and advocacy for people who live with serious mental illness and their families.

The following support groups meet regularly:

  • Hallowell: A family support group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at NAMI Maine, 52 Water Street, Hallowell. For more information, please call Ann at (207) 582-2215.
  • Waterville: A family support group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the third Wednesday of the month, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the United Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant Street, Waterville. For more information, please call Murray at (207) 293-2921 or Dave at (207) 314-4153. Cancellations: Weather cancellations are posted on WCSH 6 and WMTW 8.
  • Waterville: The Connection Recovery Support Group meets every Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Waterville Peer Recovery Center, 32 Ticonic Street, Waterville. For more information, please email Karen at kwingjustme2018@gmail.com. Cancellations: The group is cancelled if area schools (AOS 92) are closed. Weather cancellations are posted on WCSH 6 and WMTW 8.

Military Support Group

Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area offers grief support for family and friends impacted by the death of a military family member or friend.

The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, 304 Main Street, Waterville. Registration is recommended. For more information, please call (207) 873-3615.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support

The MS Support Group meets the last Wednesday of the month, 5 to 6 p.m., Winslow Public Library, Benton Avenue, Winslow. For more information, please call Maxine at (207) 441-2589.

Ostomy

The Ostomy Support Group is confidential and peer-led. Please call MaineGeneral Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine at (207) 623-6510 for meeting dates and times.

Parents of Children with Special Needs

  • GEAR Program: For more information, please call toll-free (800) 264-9224.
  • Maine Parent Federation: For more information, please call toll-free (800) 870-7746.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Maine: For more information, please call (207) 861-7824.
  • The Children's Center in Augusta: For more information, please call (800) 894-6264 or (207) 626-3497, ext. 130 or visit their website.

Parkinson's Disease Support

The Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets at 2 p.m. the second Sunday of the month (except January and February), at St. Mark's Church, 60 Eustis Parkway, Waterville. For more information, please call Cam Weaver at (207) 293-2667 or Debbie Roberge at 872-5446.

Postpartum Support Group

The Tree of HOPE (Healthy Outlook on Postpartum Experiences) Postpartum Support Group meets Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and the last Saturday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Medical Arts Building Conference Room, 180 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville.

Please contact Bridgette Gemelli at (207) 861-6091 or bgemelli@emhs.org for more information.

Prostate Cancer Support

A group focusing on prostate cancer information and support meets the last Tuesday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Prescott Room, HACCC, Augusta.

All who have been touched by prostate cancer are welcome, including men, spouses and loved ones. New attendees are always welcome.

For more information, please call Nelson or Rose Leavitt, (207) 622-6093 or email naleavitt@gmail.com. You can also learn more on the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer's web site.

Pulmonary Hypertension Support

The Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group is for patients with pulmonary hypertension and their caregivers, family or friends.

The group meets the third Wednesday of the month, 1:30 to 3 p.m., in Dean 1, TCH, Waterville.

For more information, please call Jeanette Morrill at (207) 695-3042.

Quit Smoking Support Group

MaineGeneral's Prevention & Healthy Living offers Quit Smoking Support. Participants can expect:

  • Help to create a tobacco quit plan
  • Access to educational tools to help with quitting
  • Strategies for managing stress, triggers and relapse prevention
  • Ongoing support from a MaineGeneral Health Educator

To learn more, please call (207) 872-4102.

Sexual Assault Support

The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault operates a 24-hour toll-free statewide support line for victims of sexual violence and their families.

To learn more, please call toll-free at (800) 871-7741.

STD/AIDS Hotline

This confidential hotline provides information and referrals for HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and hepatitis.

For help and information, please call toll-free (800) 851-AIDS (2437).

Substance Abuse Prevention Support

Programs for children and parents include:

  • Skills for adolescents
  • Bullying prevention
  • Anger management and resolving conflict
  • Parenting wisely
  • Substance abuse and tobacco use reduction programs

For more information, please call Cyndi Desrosiers at (207) 859-9840.

Suicide & Crisis Hotline

If you are in suicidal, emotional or family crisis, don't wait. Crisis counselors are waiting for your call.

Call the statewide referral number toll-free (888) 568-1112, or the national suicide prevention lifeline toll-free at (800) 273-TALK (8255).