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 are going virtual for our support groups, visit www.epilepsynorcal.org for more information on virtual support groups schedules and information on how to join:

  • Parents/Caregivers Support Group – Every First Wednesday of the Month at 10am
  • School aged Support Group – Every Second Tuesday of the Month at 11am (time change dependent on the schools reopening)
  • Spanish Support Group – Every Third Thursday of the Month at 4pm
  • Adults Support Group – Every Second and Fourth Friday of the Month at 5pm

How does a virtual support group works? Click here for more information

Click here to join any active Support Groups

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ALL IN-PERSON GROUPS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINETLY
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

Listed 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 Wednesday of every month

5:30 – 7:00 PM

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

Fresno

Easter Seals 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

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

March Special Guest: Dr. Jessica Walter from Stanford– Dr. Walter provides clinical care to general neurology patients as well as patients with epilepsy and enjoys teaching residents and medical students. She also has a particular interest in dietary treatments for epilepsy and clinical research.

Oakland

Spanish Support Group – Grupo de Apoyo Para Padres en Español

Epilepsy Foundation of Norther California Offices

Oficinas de La Fundación de Epilepsia del Norte de California

1736 Franklin St. Suite 450

Oakland Ca, 94612

Meets every 3rd Thursday of the Month

Time: 6:00pm- 7:00pm

Fecha: Cada tercer Jueves del Mes

Hora: 6:00pm-7:00pm

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- 925-223-7039 / info@ericscorner.org

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   

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

Dr. Edwin A. Cruz,  neurologist from Dignity Health, will be speaking to the group about exercise and epilepsy on 3/11/2020

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!*

San Francisco  *NEW*

Bay Area Epilepsy Meetup

4th Sunday of every month

12:00- 2:00 PM

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

Webpage: www.meetup.com/meetup-group-PiJUUatz

San Francisco

Adults with Epilepsy & Caregivers Support Group (ADDRESS CHANGED)

California Pacific Medical Center

3223 Buchanan St.

Enright room, main floor

San Francisco, CA

3rd Wednesday of every month

6:00 – 8:00 PM

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

Aimee Rodriguez- 415-424 7283

San Francisco

Living with Epilepsy Support Group – TEMPORARY POSTPONED

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: Nupur Gupta- nupurgupta.ucsf@gmail.com

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

SUDEP Bereavement Online Support Group

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

Contact Info: 800-332-1000 / 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