Support Groups


Group support is an important resource for anyone living with a chronic illness. Support groups are led by either trained professionals or peers with extensive personal experience coping with epilepsy and its impact on families and caregivers. These support groups provide knowledge and understanding along with an opportunity for attendees to share experiences and resources in a confidential setting.

Having epilepsy or caring for someone with epilepsy can be very challenging. Things that are often taken for granted- driving, access to medical care, working, learning, building relationships- can be compromised. A support group gives individuals a place to talk about these issues with others who share in this experience and understand what support is needed.  It is also a place for information exchange and resource sharing. 

 

We invite you to attend any of these in-person groups
Below is a list of NorCal epilepsy support groups with details including: date, time, facilitator(s) and contact information. Enter your address or zip code to find support groups near you. If you do not see a group in your area, we welcome you to contact us to begin the process of creating one in your county!

SG@epilepsynorcal.org


 

 

In Alphabetical Order by Location:

Antioch

Families, Friends, Supporters, and Individuals with Epilepsy

Shower of Blessings Church

2200 A Street, Unit B, Antioch, CA 94509

Facilitator: Ms. Phillips- 415-573-4810 / epilepsysupport@missmeme.org

 

Arcata

Arcata Support Group

Arcata Library Conference Room

500 7th Street, Arcata, CA 95521

1st Tuesday of every month

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Facilitator: Gabriel Brody- 707-496-7688 / gabebrody@gmail.com

 

Fresno

Easter Seals Adult Epilepsy Support Group

East Medical Plaza Building, 3rd Floor Reception Area

2335 E Kashian Lane, Fresno, CA 93701

1st Thursday of every month

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Facilitator: Ken Hutchinson- 559-824-2959 / kn7701@aol.com

 

Fresno

Easter Seals Pediatric Epilepsy Support Group

East Medical Plaza Building, 3rd Floor Reception Area

2335 E Kashian Lane, Fresno, CA 93701

3rd Thursday of every month

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Facilitator: Ken Hutchinson- 559-824-2959 / kn7701@aol.com

 

Mountain View

Mountain View Support Group

El Camino Hospital Group – YMCA Building, Basement Room K

2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA 94040

1st Thursday of every month

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Facilitator: Stephen Forbes- mv_epilepsysupprtgroup@yahoo.com

 

Pleasanton

Eric’s Corner

Valley Care Health Library, Suite 270

5725 West Los Positas, Pleasanton, CA 94588

3rd Thursday of every month

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Facilitator: Kim Zamrzla- 925-734-3315 / info@ericscorner.org

 

San Francisco  *NEW*

Bay Area Epilepsy Meetup

Facilitator: Ben Neff- 317-697-8675 / ben.neff@gmail.com

 

San Francisco  *NEW*

Living with Epilepsy: Young Adult Support Group (ages 18 & up)  

UCSF Epilepsy Center

8th Floor, Room A-888

400 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143

2nd Saturday of every month

11:00 AM– 12:30 PM

Facilitators: Kimberly Bari & Maritza Lopez, RN, MS

510-922-8687 x108 / Kimberly@epilepsynorcal.org

 

San Francisco

Adults with Epilepsy & Caregivers Support Group

California Pacific Medical Center, Spivey Room 106

2100 Webster Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

3rd Wednesday of every month

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Facilitators: Diane Del Chiaro- 415-751-1907 / delchiarodiane@gmail.com

Aimee Rodriguez- 415-441-1990

 

San Francisco

Living with Epilepsy Support Group

UCSF Epilepsy Center, 8th Floor, Room A-888

400 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143

1st Monday of every month

11:00 – 12:30 PM

Facilitator: Gilbert Woo, MFT- gilbert.woo@ucsf.edu

 

San Francisco

Chinese Living with Epilepsy Support Group

UCSF Epilepsy Center, 8th Floor Conference Room

400 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143

3rd Friday of every month

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Facilitator: Tina Shih, MD- 415-353-9173 / tina.shih@ucsf.edu

 

Sanger

Expressions of Courage – Fresno Youth Support Group (ages 5-17)

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

828 O Street, Sanger, CA 93657

Facilitator: Ivana Valdovinos- 559-285-9140 / ivanavaldovinos@yahoo.com

 

Sacramento

Sacramento Adult Support Group

Mercy General Hospital, Mission Conference Room (4000 block of H Street)

4001 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819

2nd Wednesday of every month

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Facilitator: Angie Woodward- 916-930-9252 / angie.woodward@sbcglobal.net

 

Sacramento   *NEW*

Sacramento Parent’s Support Group

Mercy General Hospital, Mission Conference Room (4000 block of H Street)

4001 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819

2nd Wednesday of every month

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Facilitator: Angie Woodward- 916-930-9252 / angie.woodward@sbcglobal.net

*Angie is in search of someone willing to take over as the lead so please contact her if you’re interested!*

 

SUDEP Bereavement Online Support Group

http://groups.epilepsy.com/groups/bereavement-support

Contact Info: 800-332-1000 x1 / sudep@efa.org

 

 

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ONLINE SUPPORT
MyEpilepsyTeam is a free, password-protected social network where you can connect with others in the epilepsy community on your phone, tablet or computer. You can share tips, support, Q&A, provider referrals and more with other people who “get it”.

  • MyEpilepsyTeam is a completely independent social network.
  • MyEpilepsyTeam NEVER shares the personally identifying information of its members with anyone!
  • MyEpilepsyTeam is a monitored site that does not allow selling of any services or products.

 

For questions or more information about support groups email us at efnca@epilepsynorcal.org