Support Groups

Support groups provide a comfortable and safe environment where you can share your feelings and thoughts on a particular life experience. Memorial Hospital and other community health care facilities sponsor a variety of support groups.

Alcoholics Anonymous

When: Every Sunday from 3-4pm
Beginners Meeting

Breastfeeding Support Group

When: Meets every Wednesday at 10am in the Family Birthing Center.

A weekly support group for mothers who are breastfeeding. Sponsored by Memorial Hospital's Family Birthing Center and facilitated by certified lactation specialists:

Pam Bormann RN, CLC, CBE
Anne Howland RN, CLC, CBE
Michelle Meader RN, CLC, CBE

All breastfeeding women, regardless of where they gave birth, are invited; babies and siblings welcome. Meets at 10am in the Main Street Professional Building (just south of Memorial Hospital's main campus on Route 16) every Wednesday. For more info: 603-356-5461, ext. 2146.

Caregivers of those with Alzheimer's or Related Disorders

When: Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 1:30pm - 3pm, at the Merriman House.

Offers education, support and coping skills for caregivers. Pre-arranged care is available for the family member while the caregiver attends the meeting. For more information, call the Merriman House, 603-356-5461, ext. 2183.

Miranda Center for Diabetes Support Group

For diabetics and their support people. An opportunity for education and discussion with other people who have diabetes or are dealing with it in the family. For more information, call the Miranda Center for Diabetes at Memorial Hospital, 603-356-0796.  

Eating Disorders Support Group
Group support is not currently available. However you may contact Hope H at or 781-254-4230 for more information on one-on-one support.

Journey of Hope - Cancer Support Group

When: Meets the 1st Tuesday of every month, 7pm - 8:30pm, in the Sun Room.

Journey of Hope, a cancer support group:
Since 1999, a vibrant group upwards of 20 cancer survivors have met monthly to provide wonderful support to one another. Whether you have been through it, or are going through it now, this is a great group of people to know. Information, education, speakers and encouragement are provided for those with cancer and their support people. This group is facilitated by an oncology certified nurse and Social Services.

Loss & Recovery Support Group

Experience shows that a structured group aimed toward recovery from the loss of a loved one can significantly enhance a person’s quality of life. Group meetings are on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30PM for 6 weeks at VNHCH, Kline Room, 1529 White Mtn. Hwy, North Conway. 

To confirm dates/times or for more information, call the group’s facilitator, F. Gardiner Perry, 603-662-9552 or contact VNHCH at 603-356-7006 or 800-499-4171.

Care for the Caregiver

This is a leader-facilitated support group that provides information on how to build healthful self-care into your life as a caregiver. We also offer ongoing support to strengthen and sustain your self-care plan. Meetings are on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30PM for 6 weeks at Gibson Center for Senior Services, 14 Grove St., North Conway. To confirm dates/times or for more information, Call the group’s facilitator, F. Gardiner Perry, 603-662-9552 or contact VNHCH, 603-356-7006 or 800-499-4171.

Better Choices Better Health

Better Choices Better Health is a six-week program designed to help manage chronic health conditions.  The program is non-disease specific.  It was designed to help those living with long-term health conditions regain control of their lives.  Better Choices Better Health was developed by Stanford University and our program leaders are licensed and certified by Stanford.  For more information, call 603-356-5461, ext. 2291 or 2417.