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Support groups and other resources

If you’re coping with a chronic disease — or caring for someone who is — support groups are often the one place where others truly understand what you are experiencing.

The Gerlinger Support Group Room at Salem Health Community Health Education Center (CHEC) in Salem, Oregon, provides a comfortable setting for people to gather and share information in groups devoted to everything from cancer support to mental health.

Support groups can provide friendship, compassion, care-giving tips, new ideas—and hope. They also bridge you to local support and resources.

Learn more from the links below. If you can't find the kind of group you're looking for, click here for more community resources or call the CHEC at 503-814-2432. We'd be happy to help you look for resources.

Support groups by topic

Bariatric and weight management
Bone, muscle and joint conditions
Drug and alcohol abuse
Heart and stroke
Men's health
Mental health
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Community groups and resources

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Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon

Learn how this organization can help; call 503-364-8100 or visit Alznet.org

Amputee Peer Support Group

The AMPOWER Amputee Peer Support Group consists of a nationwide network of trained peer mentors who have successfully recovered and rehabilitated following an amputation. Mentors are available to speak face-to-face, over the phone, via Skype or Facetime, through e-mail or through a private, password-protected online web community. Sponsored by Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics. Call toll-free at 1-877-4HANGER option 1 for more information. EmpoweringAmputees.org 

Better Breathers

For more information, call Michelle Nugent-Buchanan at 503-814-3105. Also visit the American Lung Association website at lung.org

Decoding Dyslexia

Our Mission is to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and improve resources for students with dyslexia in Oregon public schools. In the Mid-Willamette Valley, contact Dawn Tacker at 760-994-5537 or email at dawntacker09@gmail.com or visit decodingdyslexiaor.org.

Hearing Loss Association of America, Salem Chapter

The group empowers hard-of-hearing people through group discussion and informative presentations. Captioning and hearing loop system available at all meetings. For more information, contact Mary Fagan at fagan56@hotmail.com or 503-409-5491.  

Parkinson's Support Group

Meets the Second Tuesday of each month, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Trinity Covenant Church, 5020 Liberty Rd. S., Salem, Oregon 97306

This support group welcomes family, friends and care partners as well as those living with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. For more information contact: Jayne at 503-930-4239 or Bill at 503-371-9471. Visit www.parkinsonsresources.org or www.parkinson.org for more resources.

Salem R.O.C.K. or Raising Our Celiac Kids

For more information or resources, call Kristen Klay at 503-581-3884 or kristenklay@yahoo.com, or visit celiac.com and  celiac.org.

Shared Vision: A Vision Loss Support Group

Monthly support groups. For more information please call 503-581-4224 and visit our website: blindskills.org.

Stuttering Support Group

Meets second Sunday of each month, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Broadway Coffeehouse, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem.

Join other people who stutter, their friends, family members and speech language pathologists for support and to feel less alone. Learn more about stuttering and explore new ways to cope with and accept stuttering in a safe environment. Contact Sarah or Daniel: salemstutters@gmail.comRhoads_Daniel@salkeizer.k12.or.us.

Like us on Facebook at "Salem Stutters." We are the Salem chapter of National Stuttering Association. Learn more at westutter.org.