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Support Groups

During difficult times one of the most important things to have is support. Often times people look for others faced with similar challenges and emotions or neutral ears to talk to. Elliott Counseling Group understands the importance of support groups for self-care and provide a list of resources below as well as offering many different groups within our facilities. If you have support groups to add, please email us!

 Olivia Gray, LCPC, an Elliott Counseling Group Therapist, wrote an article describing the importance of group therapy. Read her work here.

SMART Recovery

A science-based addiction recovery support group, where participants learn self-empowering techniques to aid their recovery through mutual-help face-to-face and online meetings and services. No matter what your addiction, SMART Recovery tools and techniques can help you overcome the behavior.

Contact

Phillip Eichelberger
Email: pweichelbrger1@gmail.com
Phone: (217) 278-9237

Date & Time

Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Location

The Unitarian Universalist Church
309 W Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Ring buzzer/bell to be let in

Hope For Healing: Loved Ones Lost to Suicide

Supports those individuals grieving after losing someone to suicide. This group is for adults ages 18 and up.

Date & Time
Meets every second Monday of the month from 6-7:30PM

Location
The Heritage Room
OSF Heart of Mary Hospital
Urbana, IL

Contact
Erin Brodbeck LCSW

Email
mnation2@illinois.edu

Support Group for Pregnant Mothers and Mother Raising Infants

Contact

Ann Ambrose
(217) 337-2730
ann@crisisnursery.net

Date & Time

Contact Crisis Nursery or check the website for specific dates and times

Location

Groups meet at Crisis Nursery and in rural areas such as Rantoul and Tolono at varying time throughout the year.

Crisis Nursery
1309 W Hill St
Urbana, IL 61801

This program exists at a support to mothers in Champaign County who may be at risk for postpartum and perinatal depression. It is a supportive and confidential space for mothers to share the ups and downs they are experiencing. Child care is available, and the groups are always free. No prior registration is necessary.

For more information, click here.

Survivors of Suicide

This group is for family and friends who have had a loved one commit suicide. Attendance in the group is ongoing. An initial screening and orientation interview is required to join. Call to schedule an interview before attending the group. There is no fee.

Contact

Erin Brodbeck, LCSW, CT
(217) 442-5203
erinb@sunsetfuneralhome.com

Date & Time

2nd Monday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm

Location:
Presence Covenant Medical Center

1400 West Park Street
Urbana, IL 61801

For more information, click here.

Bereaved Parents of the USA

A non-profit, self-help, support group for parents, grandparents and adult siblings who have suffered the death of a child, grandchild, or sibling.

Contact:  Jane Pica, Chapter Leader

Phone: (217) 373-1321

Date & Time: Every 2nd Sunday of the month at 4:30 pm

Location:
Stephens Family YMCA
2501 Fields Drive South
Champaign, Illinois 61822

For more information, click here.

Talk it UP

A peer-run LGBTQ support and social group for middle and high school youth. LGBTQ youth can expect an atmosphere of acceptance and support while meeting other LGBTQ youth. The group is co-facilitated by two adults experienced in working with youth; however, the youth participants lead the group! 

Contact: youth@unitingpride.org

Date & Time: Mondays from 6pm to 8pm

Location:
"Rainbow Room" Located in
the Lower Level of the
University YMCA
1001 S. Wright St.
Champaign, IL 61820

For more information, click here.

Carle Support Groups

Carle offers several support groups to meet your needs.

Support groups include:
- Bariatric Support Group
- Better Breathers Support Group (Chronic Pulmonary Disease)
- Brain Injury Support Group
- Cancer Caregivers Group
- Cancer Support Groups
- Cardiac Support Group
- Diabetes Support Group
- Fibromyalgia Support Group
- Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
- Life After Loss Support Group (Grief support group)
- Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Support Group
- Ostomy Support Group
- Women's Room Cancer Support Group

To learn more about each group, including dates, time and location, click here.

Gamblers Anonymous Weekly Meeting

Contact
sjtolsj@gmail.com
217-352-3632

Date & Time
Sunday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
The Pavilion
809 W Church St
Champaign, IL 61820

Gamblers Anonymous is a twelve-step program for people who have a problem with gambling. Gamblers anonymous meetings are held every Sunday at 7pm at The Pavilion (the corner of Prospect Avenue and Church Street) in Champaign, Illinois.

For more information on Gamblers Anonymous, click here.

Circle of Friends Adult Day Center Caregivers Support Group

Contact

Kathy Rhoads (Certified Dementia Practitioner)
(217) 359-7937
adc@advancenet.net

Date & Time

1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month
12:00-1:00 pm

Location

609 W Washington St
Champaign, IL

This group is open to the community and offers expertise in dementia/Alzheimer’s care support for caregivers. This group is led by professional educators, specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia care giving. Leaders offer behavior management tips for dementia/Alzheimer’s disease-related behavior problems often experienced in the home. This is an Alzheimer’s Association approved support group.

For more information, click here.

Amber Glen – Caring for Dementia

Contact

Diane Rock
(217) 384-0100
Diane.rock@jeaseniorliving.com

Date & Time

3rd Thursday of every month at 11:00 am

Location

Amber Glen back lounge
1704 E Amber Lane
Urbana, IL

This group holds open discussions for people caring for someone with dementia or people who want to understand dementia better. This often leads to discussion of the emotional ups and downs that come with having a loved one with dementia.

For more information, click here.

Men’s Caregivers Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Groups

Contact

Phil Hoggatt
(217) 840-7219
Philh1305@gmail.com

Or

Kayla Carleton
(217) 239-4955
kayla@ccymca.net

Location

The Chapel

Date & Time

Mondays at 6:00pm

Location

Y Community Room
Stephens Family YMCA
2501 Fields S Dr
Champaign, IL

Date & Time

Tusdays 9:00-10:30 am

Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 am

This men’s support group meets multiple times weekly to provide support to caregivers, widowers, and spouses of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

For more information, click here.

Co-Dependents Anonymous

Contact

Kathy for Champaign
(217) 979-2847
codakathyl@gmail.com

Lou for Rantoul
(217) 898-2847
codalou@gmail.com

Date & Time

Champaign
Mondays 7:00-8:00 pm

Location

The Pavilion Lecture Room
809 W Church St
Champaign, IL

Date & Time

Rantoul
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Location

Serenity Shack
117 Ohio St
Rantoul, IL

This 12-step fellowship is for men and women whose common purpose is to recover from co dependence and to develop and maintain healthy relationships. Group literature is available. Donations are requested to cover literature and expenses.

2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 helps individuals locate health and human services in their area – from mortgage, rent and utility assistance to food, clothing, emergency shelter, counseling and much more. They have compiled a list of support groups in our community.

You can find their full listing here.

Second Chance

A support group for those awaiting transplants and those who have received transplants.

Contact: For specific meeting times, call Amy Meyer

Phone: (217) 337-2535

Location:
Presence Covenant Medical Center
1400 West Park Street
Urbana, IL 61801

For more information, click here.

Crisis Nursery Strong Families Program

Seeks to enhance parenting skills and encourage families to take charge of their lives with support groups designed to bring parents together in a safe environment where issues can be shared confidentially and without judgment.

Contact: Katie Adams, MSW, Strong Families Program Director

Email: katie@crisisnursery.net

Phone: (217) 337-2731

Location:
1309 West Hill Street

Urbana, Illinois 61801

For more information, click here.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

DBSA Urbana-Champaign meetings are open to people who have depression, bipolar disorder, and/or related mental health problems, whether formally diagnosed or not. They also offer support for the friends and families of those who struggle with these illnesses. There are no doctors or therapists on staff, they believe that the support and nurturing that peers provide is an integral part of recovery.

Contact:

Amanda Bryan, Chapter President
dbsaurbana@gmail.com

Date & Time

Fridays 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Location

Presence Covenant Medical Center
Auditorium C, 1st Floor
1400 W Park St
Urbana, IL

For more information, click here.

UParent

A support, social, and educational group for parents of LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming children. This is a welcoming space for any parent or guardian who wants to learn more about how to support and understand their children. Parents and guardians of children of any age are welcome.

Contact: Staci Poe

Email: staci@unitingpride.org

Date & Time:
1st Thursday of every month
6:00pm-7:30pm

Location:
Urbana Free Library

Conference Room
210 W Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801


For more information, click here.

GalUP

A women’s group that meets to discuss unique challenges faced by women in the LGBTQ+ community. GalUP is inclusive of all female-bodies women, transgender women, or female-presenting non-binary individuals.

Contact

(217) 922-0095
info@unitingpride.org

Date & Time

The last Wednesday of every month
6:00pm-7:30pm

Location

Champaign Public Library
200 W. Green St.
Champaign, IL 61820

Coping with the Loss of a Loved One to Mesothelioma

The Mesothelioma Center offers a free web resource that provides information and support to individuals as well as families affected by cancer.

They have created their Coping with Grief Guide to help people dealing with the loss of a loved one.

MS Support Group Meeting

Contact
Melissa
Savoymsgroup@yahoo.com

Date & Time
Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location
First Baptist Church

1602 S.Prospect Ave
Savoy, IL

For those living with MS, their family, friends and/or caregivers! They have speakers from the community and university who provide education on a variety of topics.

For a link to the Champaign/Urbana MS Support Group Facebook page, click here.

Caregivers Support Group

Contact
Michelle Clayton
(217) 893-9144
maprvil@aol.com

Date & Time

Tuesdays at 11:30am

Location

The Rantoul Library
106 W Flessner Ave
Rantoul, IL 61866

This group is a gathering of people who are caregivers of loved ones with chronic illnesses. The group provides a place to share, exchange ideas, and occasional education programs. Feel free to bring a lunch.

NAMI Family Support Group

Contact

(217) 419-5345

Location

Champaign:  For Info call NAMI:  217-419-5345

Date & Time

Every 2nd Thursday each month at 7:00 pm

Location

Champaign: U of I Campus

Room 123 English Building

Date & Time

Every 1st Saturday at 1:00pm

Free NAMI (the National Alliance for Mental Illness) family support groups for family members, friends, and concerned others of a person with mental illness. Founded in 1979, NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.  NAMI has over 1100 affiliates in communities across the country who engage in advocacy, research, support, and education.

For more information, click here.

Memory Loss Support Group

Contact

Amber Reed
(217) 384-3784 ext. 1680
Areed@co.champaign.il.us

Date & Time

3rd Thursday of every month
10:00-11:00 am

Location

Adult Day Center
500 S Art Bartell Road
Urbana, IL

This group provides support, encouragement, and information for primary caregivers. Group literature is available. Please call before attending the first meeting.

Women’s Dementia Support Group

Contact

Kathy Vance
(217) 493-4228
Kvance0618@gmail.com

Date & Time

Mondays from 10:30 am – 12:00pm

Location

Stephens Family YMCA
2501 Fields S Dr
Champaign, IL

This group is a lay person-led support group for women who are spouses and/or caregivers of a family member with dementia. Leadership is shared amongst those in attendance. Discussions focus on sharing suggestions for care giving, available resources, and provision of support to one another.

Minds in Motion

Contact

Alice Farron – Program Coordinator
(217) 359-1079
a.faron@comcast.et

Or

Sandy Burgener, PhD – Program Director
(217) 398-4251
sburgenr@illinois.edu

Call for current meeting dates, information, or to enroll in the program

Date & Time

Thursdays 10:00 am – 2:00pm

Call to verify meeting times

Location

First United Methodist Church
210 W Church St
Champaign, IL

This program enhances the mental, physical, and cognitive functioning of older adults including those diagnosed with early memory loss. Activities include “brain fitness” activities, exercises, relaxation therapies, creative activities, social activities, and community events. Family members of individuals with early memory loss focus on self-care while creating positive activities for themselves and their family members

GROW in Illinois – Personal Growth Group

Contact

Karen Shan
(217) 352-6989
Karen.shan@growinamerica.org

Date & Time

Mondays at 11:00 am

Location

First Presbyterian Church
302 W Church St
Champaign, IL

Come to the office door to be buzzed in

This self-help group offers a program for personal growth through small weekly meetings and a voluntary network of members. It provides support and practical help to people, ages 18 and older, to cope with a mental disorder or emotional crisis. A newsletter and group literature are available.