I live in the Toledo area. Keep in mind that there are support groups in your city. I don't know about you, but I get tired of simply having to pretend that I got it all together! It's nice when you can meet with other people that says, "Yes, we are all human; and No, we are not all perfect or trying to be; and yes, you are accepted."
Here is a list I discovered from the Toledo Blade. I hope it inspires you in your city to find and be apart of such groups of great support; and I hope you have a well-meaningful and blessed Summer.
Addictions, compulsions support, 7 p.m. Thursdays Christ the King Church, parish hall, 4100 Harvest Lane. Christian based 12-step recovery group. Information: 419-474-2074.
Addictions, compulsions overcomers outreach, 8:30-10 p.m. Wednesdays, Fairgreen Presbyterian Church, 3220 West Laskey Rd. Christian 12-step program for compulsions and addictions. Information: 419-885-0764.
Addiction SAFE support for men who want to live a Christian life free from addiction. Call 419-693-6543.
Adoption, Rainbow Families of Toledo, 7 p.m., third Tuesday of each month, Assembly of Christians, 5926 Meteor Ave. Information 419-693-9259.
Al-Anon and Alateen offers daily meetings to relatives and friends of alcoholics. For locations and times: 419-249-0636.
Alliance for the Mentally III of Toledo, 6-7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays monthly, Flower Hospital, 8th floor conference center, 5200 Harroun Rd. Sylvania. Open to those with mental illness, their family members and friends. Information: 419-243-1119.
Alzheimer's caregiver support in Monroe, Mercy Memorial Hospital, 718 North Macomb St. Information: 734-242-3800. Information: 800-337-3827 or 734-677-3081.
Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Ohio. For information about support groups and other services for caregivers: 419-537-1999.
Alzheimer's caregiver support in Whitehouse, 2 p.m. first Wednesday of each month, Whitehouse Country Manor, 11239 Waterville St., Whitehouse. Information: 419-877-5338.
AMI-Minority Outreach family support, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Senior Center, Inc., 2308 Jefferson Ave. For families of the mentally ill. Information: 419-243-1119.
AMI-Minority Outreach empowerment group, 7 p.m. first Wednesday of each month, Aurora Gonzalez Community Resource Center, 1 Aurora Gonzalez Ave. Information: 419 243-1119.
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia support, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders of Toledo invites anyone struggling with an eating disorder. Families and friends also welcome. Information: 419-578-0376.
Anxiety support, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 112 East Wayne St., Maumee. For sufferers of anxiety, panic, and agoraphobia. Information: 419-874-6592.
Auditory Verbal Association of Northwest Ohio, for the hearing impaired and their families. Information: 419-475-4784.
Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, 7-9 p.m. the second Monday of the month, The Ability Center, 5605 Monroe St., Sylvania. Also, 7-9 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month, call for location. Open to parents and family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Information: 419-242-9587, ext. 224.
Bereaved parents support group for those who have lost children of all ages, 7:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month. First Presbyterian Church, East Second Street, Perrysburg. Information: 419-872-2541.
Breastfeeding support group, Mom and Me, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Collingwood Presbyterian Church, 2108 Collingwood Blvd. Snacks and play area for children. Information: 419-251-2437.
Cancer support, 7-8:30 p.m., first and third Mondays, St. Luke's Hospital, 5901 Monclova Rd., pastoral care office. Also 10-11 a.m., Thursdays, St. Charles Mercy Hospital Cancer Center, 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon. Help for patients and their families and friends.
Cancer of prostate, Man-to-Man support group, 6:30-8 p.m. third Tuesday monthly, Flower Hospital, 8th floor, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. Call 419-824-1004 or 1-800-479-8885.
Cancer of prostate, Man-to-Man support group, 1-3 p.m. second Thursday of each month, St. Luke's Hospital, 5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee. Information: 419-893-5921.
Cancer of prostate support, 6-7:30 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month, Bay Park Community Hospital, 2801 Bay Park Dr., Oregon. Call to sign-up: 419-690-7675.
Cancer support group for women, 2-4 p.m. second Monday of every month, Bay Park Community Hospital, 2801 Bay Park, Dr., Oregon. Sign-up: 419-690-7675.
Cancer support for patients and their families, Victory Center, 1041 South Reynolds Rd. Information: 419-861-HOPE.
Cardiac illness, 7 p.m. fourth Thursday of each month, St. Luke's Hospital private dining room. Free for patients and family members. Information: 419 893-5924.
Children for the Enforcement of Child Support, second Tuesday each month, 7 p.m., St. Agnes Church rectory basement, 3854 Berkley Dr. Information: 419-478-4214.
Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia support, 7 p.m. second Thursday each month, except December and January. Collier building, room 2411, Medical College of Ohio. Self-help strategies through education and support. Information: 419-885-5733.
Cocaine Anonymous, 24-hour help hotline, 419-385-9000. Collect calls accepted.
Co-Dependents Anonymous, 12-step support-recovery group, 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Reformation Lutheran Church, 4543 Douglas Rd. Information: 419-241-9599.
Debtors anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays, Our Saviour Lutheran Church. 2820 West Alexis Rd. Information: 419-474-1125.
Depressive and Manic Depressive Association of Toledo, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday each month, 3350 Collingwood Blvd., Suite 509. Lending library, resource education center for individuals, their families, and the community. Information, other meeting times: 419-255-1459.
Depression and bipolar support, various times and locations in Toledo area: 419-255-1459 or 419-243-1119.
Diabetics, 7:30 p.m. third Thursday of each month, Washington branch library, 5560 Harvest Lane.
Divorced or separated support, 7 p.m. Mondays, Olivet Lutheran Church, 5840 Monroe St., Sylvania. Information: 419-882-4095.
Divorced or separated support, 10-week group meets Tuesdays at St. Joseph Church, parish banquet hall, 5373 Main St., Sylvania. Coffee and greetings from 6:30-7 p.m. Information: 419-885-5791.
Divorced and separated interdenominational support group series, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Joseph Church parish banquet hall, 5373 Main St., Sylvania. Information: 419-885-5791.
Divorced, widowed, single, separated, lonely or depressed support group forming. Information: 419-862-0098.
Domestic violence and sexual assault, for adults and children ages 12-17 years, survivors, and parents of children who have been sexually assaulted. YWCA-affiliated. Information: 419-241-7273.
Ecumenical bereavement support, 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 3, St. Joseph Parish, Notre Dame House, 115 West Broadway St., Maumee. Author of My Life Closed Twice: Surviving a Double Loss, Sandra Schocket describes the loss of her husband and son with 24 hours and her road to rebuilding a new life. Information: 419-893-7178.
Eating disorders, for those with anorexia, bulimia. Information: 419-848-2921.
Emotional, substance abuse recovery, 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; open discussion on Fridays. Alanon Step One Club, 2434 West Sylvania Ave. Court slips signed. Information: 419-269-1822.
Epilepsy support, for parents of children with epilepsy, 6:30-8 p.m. second Tuesday monthly, Redeemer Missionary Church, 5321 Springdale Ave. Group for adults with epilepsy meets at 2 p.m. third Tuesday monthly, Epilepsy Center, 5405 Southwyck Blvd. Free. Adults with developmental disabilities, times vary. Information: 419-867-5950 or 1-800-589-5958.
Faith, Friends, and Family Outreach, Weber Bldg., 100 Main St., 2nd floor each Thursday. Service and programs free. Learn about the “No More Stress Just Happiness” plan. Information: 419-243-8279.
Gamblers Anonymous, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Hampton Park Christian Church, 4234 Monroe St., or 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Providence Lutheran Church, 8131 Airport Hwy., Holland. 24-hour phone: 419-327-9514.
Gay and lesbian support, Dignity Toledo, Catholic/Christian support group, 8 p.m. Thursdays, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2272 Collingwood Blvd.
Gay and Lesbian Parents, 4-6 p.m., third Saturday monthly. Call 419-242-5928.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people and their supporters who either have children or would like to have children. This is a informal group with no membership, dues, or restrictions. Meets at Central United Methodist Church, 701 West Central Ave. Children welcome. Information:419-475-8190.
Girls Only group, 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, One Stranahan Square, Suite 414. For grades 6 and up, share feelings about peer pressure, relationships, goals, body image, self-esteem. Call: 419-321-6455.
Grandparents' Rights Organization, 6 p.m., last Monday monthly, Riverside Mercy Hospital, 1600 North Superior St., Stickney conference room. Information: 419-727-8266.
Grief support for seniors, Pathways to New Beginnings, Monroe Senior Center, 15275 South Monroe St. On-going support open to any adult community member who is experiencing grief. Information: 734-242-8006 or 734-241-0404.
Grief and Recovery, 1:30-3:30 p.m. third Thursday each month, Perrysburg Commons, private dining room, 10542 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. Free to adults who have experienced death of a loved one in the last year. Information: 419-867-4655.
Grief, Time to Heal, 11 a.m. - noon second Tuesday monthly, Olivet Lutheran Church., 5840 Monroe St., Sylvania. Information: 419-867-4655.
Grief, Widowhood and Friendship, 10-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesday of each month, Olivet Lutheran Church, 5840 Monroe St., Sylvania. Information: 419-867-4655.
Hard of Hearing self-help group meetings: 419-539-9039.
Help for Hurting Hearts, Hospice Office at 725 North Monroe St. Group meets the second Monday of each month; free and open to the public. Information: Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe, 734-242-8006.
Hepatitis support group 7-8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Toledo Hospital lower level continuing Education Center, 1920 Cove Blvd. Sponsor, American Liver Foundation. Information: 866-OHIO-ALF.
Hepatitis C, third Tuesday of each month, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 North Michigan Ave., first floor conference room. Open to patients, friends, and family members. Information: 419-243-5777.
HIV/AIDS support, women's group meets the fourth Wednesday and men's on the fourth Tuesday of each month at David's House of Compassion. Information: 419-244-6682.
HIV/AIDS support, 7-8:30 p.m. first Tuesday of each month. Open to individuals affected by AIDS, sponsored by AIDS Task force of Northwest Ohio. Information: 419-452-6756 or 1-800-782-4906.
Incest survivors - women, non-therapist facilitated, 3-4:30 p.m. Sundays except holidays, People Called Women, 3153 West Central Ave.
Infertility Resolve of Ohio, Inc., 7 p.m. second Monday monthly, Toledo Hospital Cafeteria Room 3, 3142 North Cove Blvd. Call 1-800-414-6446.
Ketogenic diet, 7:30 p.m. second Wednesday of each month, Outpatient Behavioral Service, 3140 West Central Ave. Open to parents of patients or those looking for information: 419-885-7648 or 419-251-4424.
Kinship Connection for people who are raising relatives' children, meets Jan. 28. Homework help and advocacy meeting at 5:30 p.m., spaghetti support at 6 p.m. Programs for adults, teens, and children. Adult program: “Strategies to Help Children Turn Emotions into Positive Actions.” Margaret L. Hunt Senior Center, 2121 Garden Lake Pkwy. No charge for relative caregivers and their children. Information or reservation: 419-382-7060, ext. 28.
Laryngectomy Club of Toledo support group for people who cannot speak due to cancer. The group meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month, Hampton Park Christian Church, 4234 Monroe St. Information: 419-691-2897.
Learning to Cope, second and fourth Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m., James “Wes” Hancock Senior Center, 5760 Bayshore Rd., Oregon. Information: 419-698-4301.
Lupus, 6-8 p.m., first Wednesday monthly, Cordelia Martin Health Center, 905 Nebraska Ave. Open to Lupus patients, their friends, and families. Information: 419-259-4518, ext. 235.
Macular degeneration support group, 2-3:30 p.m. second Monday monthly at Epworth United Methodist Church, room 101, 3077 Valleyview Dr. Information: 419-885-6305.
Manic Depressive and Depressive Association Detroit chapter meets Mondays in January from 7 to 9 p.m., Mercy Memorial Nursing Center Sieb Conference Room, 700 Stewart Rd. Monroe. Confidential support for those with depression or bipolar illness. Information: (734) 240-4565.
Mended Hearts, Inc., Glass City Chapter, third Thursday monthly, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, 2213 Cherry St. Open to the public. Information: 419-882-3229.
Mental illness family support, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Northwest Psychiatric Hospital, 930 South Detroit Ave. For relatives of those with serious mental illness. Information: 419-381-1881, ext. 4621.
Miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, loss of child, caring and restoring for parents 7:30 p.m., third Tuesday monthly, Toledo Hospital cafeteria, room R, 2142 North Cove Blvd.
Mothers Against Drunken Driving (MADD), Greater Toledo Area, 7 p.m. third Monday monthly, 6465 Monroe St., Suite 211, Sylvania. Information: 419-885-6233 or 419-882-2001.
Mothers of Multiples, Monroe County to unite all parents of twins and higher order multiples in the Monroe County area of southeast Michigan. Information: 734-654-9263 or 734-242-1309.
Mothers of Twins club, 7 p.m. second Thursday monthly, Toledo Hospital auditorium, 2142 North Cove Blvd. Support group for all mothers, foster mothers, and guardians of multiple births. Information: 419-472-5032.
Mothers of Preschoolers, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 and 4, CrossRoads Community Church, 1500 West Temperance Rd., Temperance. Information: 734-847-4135.
Muscular Dystrophy Association sessions held at the Education Center of Toledo Hospital, 2142 North Cove Blvd. Information: 419-866-9289.
Narcotics Anonymous: for meeting days and times: 419-361-1190.
New Mothers, 1-3 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday, Toledo Hospital Center for Women's Health, 3142 North Cove Blvd. Parenting and baby care, stress and time management, healthy lifestyles and relationship issues. Location information: 419-291-5666.
Nicotine addiction support, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, St. Charles Mercy Hospital, 2660 Navarre Ave.
Non-offending parent support, Children's Advocacy Center, 3873 Monroe St., for parents whose child has been hurt by physical or sexual abuse. Professional staff. Call to confirm attendance: 419-292-2927.
One Step Program, 7 p.m., first and third Monday of the month, St. Luke's Hospital private dining room, 5901 Monclova Rd. For families experiencing the effects of life-threatening illnesses. Free. Information: 419-893-5924.
Ones Left Behind meets Tuesdays, afternoon or evening sessions. Talk with people who have been through loss of a loved one. Information: 419-327-9739.
Orphanage survivors seek people interested in forming support group. Call 419-874-6061.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta, brittle bone disease, support group, Information: 419-885-5733.
Parent and teen, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Focus Healthcare of Ohio, 1725 Timber Lane, Maumee; 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Alternative Learning and Career Center, 3939 Wrenwood Rd., and 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Shuer Center Alternative Learning and Career Center, 4955 Seaman St., Oregon. Action Helpline Pager, 24 hours, 419-534-0020. Information: 419-473-3442 or 419-891-9333.
Parents, Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), 7 p.m. second Tuesday each month at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2272 Collingwood Blvd. Call 419-243-6783.
Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide, 8-10 p.m. second Wednesday each month, Jaeger Hall, St. Clement Church, 3030 Tremainsville Rd. Information: 419-472-3561.
Parkinson's disease support, 1:30 p.m. every third Wednesday, Senior Center, Inc., 2308 Jefferson Ave. Lunch available before the meeting at $1.75 for ages 60 and older or $4 for others. Information: 419-242-9511.
Pathways to New Beginnings, Monroe Senior Center, 15275 South Monroe. This on-going senior grief support group is open to any adult community member who is experiencing grief. Information: (734) 240-8940.
Postpartum depression, 7-8 p.m. third Thursday monthly, PediatriCare, 3400 Meijer Dr. Free to women with depression after giving birth, weaning of breast-fed children, or miscarriage. Open to family and friends. Information: 419-251-1000 or 1-800-860-6652.
Rape Crisis Center hotline provides crisis intervention, support, information, and referrals to survivors of sexual assault, 24 hours, seven days. Information: 419-241-7273.
Raphah, lesbians with abuse issues, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Eagle's Wing Christian Church, 1483 West Sylvania Ave. Information: 419-476-8197.
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy support: 419-478-1323.
Remember Me, for parents who have lost a baby through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death up to age 3 months, meetings held 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday monthly in the surgery waiting room of St. Charles Mercy Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave. Information: 419-698-7460.
Schizophrenia/bipolar disorder family support, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare System, 930 South Detroit Ave. Open to relatives. Information: 419-381-1881.
Servicemen and women in Middle East support group for family members and friends, 7-8 p.m., second and fourth Thursday each month at VFW Post, 719 South Main St., Bowling Green. Information: 419-352-5387.
Sharing the Journey, 6-8 p.m. Saturdays, Common Space Center, 1700 North Reynolds Rd. Open to people diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Information: 419-535-1550.
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) of Greater Toledo Network, 7:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, Center of Women's Health, family room, 3148 West Central Ave.
Smoke stoppers staying stopped, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Charles Mercy Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
Stepfamilies Association, 7:30-9:30 p.m., third Wednesday monthly, Rossford Public Library, 720 Dixie Hwy. Stepmothers' breakfast monthly. Information: 419-693-6330.
Stroke Club, 7:30 p.m., second Wednesday monthly, Riverside Mercy Hospital, Waite-Brand auditorium, 1600 North Superior St. Information: 419-691-0625.
Stuttering support groups. Information: 419-530-4339 or 419-893-6949.
Suicide Survivors, 7:30 p.m. third Monday monthly, All Saints Lutheran Church, 5445 Heatherdowns Blvd. For those experiencing loss from suicide. Information: 419-243-9178.
Teen epilepsy support, 6-7 p.m. fourth Wednesday monthly, Epilepsy Center conference room, 5405 Southwyck Blvd., Suite 100. Information: 419-867-5950 or 800-589-5958.
Transplant recipients international organization, 7-9 p.m. second Tuesday monthly, Medical College of Ohio Hospitals, 3000 Arlington Ave., Dana Center. Information: 419-882-0048.
Traumatic brain injury support, 7 p.m. first Thursday monthly, Flower Hospital Rehabilitation Center, 5150 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. Survivors and family members. Information: 419-824-1547.
Widowed, 7-9 p.m. third Thursday monthly, Hope Lutheran Church, 2201 Secor Rd. Information: 419-475-3645.
Women's issues, including depression and postpartum depression, 1-2 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday monthly, 3350 Collingwood Blvd. Suite 509. Information: 419-255-1459.
Women victims support group covers topics of concern to rape survivors such as: managing fear, anger, developing coping skills and personal safety. Free. Transportation aid available. For times, dates, and locations: 419-241-7006.
YW Child Care Connections, the non-profit resource and referral agency provides assistance in locating affordable child care. Information: Toledo, 419-255-5519 or 800-632-3052, Wood County, 419-353-7801, and in Ottawa County,419-732-7807 or 800-228-1700.
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