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 4 pm
  • 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 work? Click here for more information

 

[ Click here to join any active Support Group ]

 

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ALL IN-PERSON GROUPS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
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!

efnca@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
Now Virtual
1st Thursday of every month
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Please email mv_epilepsysupprtgroup@yahoo.com for virtual meeting information
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- 925-223-7039 / info@ericscorner.org

 

Sacramento

 

Sacramento Adult Support Group
Due to the current situation, physical meetings have been suspended.
See https://www.epilepsynorcal.org/support-groups/ for virtual support group meeting schedules.
Any questions, please contact Angie Woodward – 916-930-9252 / angie.woodward@sbcglobal.net

 

Sacramento Parent’s Support Group
Due to the current situation, physical meetings have been suspended.
 See https://www.epilepsynorcal.org/support-groups/ for virtual support group meeting schedules.
 Any questions, please contact Angie Woodward – 916-930-9252 / angie.woodward@sbcglobal.net

 

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

 

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

 

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