Support Groups

Support Groups 2020-09-14T13:57:29-04:00

Please be advised ALL support group meetings will be held virtually through Zoom until further notice.

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Epilepsy effects much more than just the brain, it has a great impact on your daily life and loved ones. All to often people with epilepsy experience feelings of isolation, low-self esteem and negative self-image from issues such as prejudice, unemployment and personal relationship difficulties. The emotional weight of epilepsy can cause a greater loss of one’s quality of life than the seizures themselves.

For caregivers, the time and resource commitment of epilepsy can interfere with work and other daily activities, and the burden that they carry can lead to depression and anxiety. Therefore, education and support are so important for persons with epilepsy and their caregivers. Accessing the latest information, resources and social support can make managing the impact of epilepsy much easier.

Support Groups throughout eastern PA meet regularly for discussion and mutual peer support. These are free and open to people with epilepsy, friends, family members and health professionals. If you have questions before attending your first meeting about what to expect, please feel free to call us at (215) 629-5003.

View our calendar below and stay up to date on the Support Group Meetings in your area:

Choose a region for details and times of Support Group Meetings. Please note that dates are subject to cancellation/change due to inclement weather conditions. If you are concerned a meeting may be cancelled, feel free to call us at (215) 629-5003.

Berks County

NEW Location: Reading Hospital at 300 S 6th Ave, West Reading, PA 19611 *Attendees should park and enter using 5th Ave garage
Meetings are held every other month on the 2nd Tuesday and begin at 6:00pm
Facilitator: Kerri Michnya, EFEPA Lancaster County Resource Coordinator

January 14, 2020 | March CANCELLED | May 12, 2020 | July 14, 2020 | September 8, 2020 | November 10, 2020

If you have any questions about this support group, please contact Kerri at kmichnya@efepa.org or call (717) 449-1872.

Bucks County

Location: St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital (across from St. Mary Medical Center) at 1208 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, PA 19047
Meetings are held every 1st Thursday and begin at 6:30pm
Facilitators: Sue Livingston, EFEPA Education Coordinator & Denise Taylor, EFEPA Volunteer

No January Meeting | February 6, 2020 | March CANCELLED | April 2, 2020 | May 7, 2020 | June 4, 2020 VIRTUAL | July 15, 2020 | August 6, 2029 | *September 3, 2020 | October 1, 2020 | November 5, 2020 | December 3, 2020 – Holiday Party

*Combined Support Group meeting with Delaware County. September 3rd at 6:30pm. Click the link to join: https://zoom.us/j/94832492483 

Meeting ID: 948 3249 2483

If you have any questions about this support group, please contact Sue at slivingston@efepa.org or call (215) 629-5003.

Delaware County

Location: Riddle Hospital, Health Center 4, Conference Room 2 at 1068 Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063
Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday and begin at 6:30pm
Facilitator: Sue Livingston, EFEPA Education Coordinator

January 15, 2020 | February 19, 2020 | March CANCELLED | April 15, 2020 | May 20, 2020 | June 17, 2020| July 15, 2020 | August 6, 2020 | *September 16, 2020 | October 21, 2020 | November 18, 2020 – Holiday Party | No December Meeting

*Combined Support Group meeting with Bucks County. September 3rd at 6:30pm. Click the link to join: https://zoom.us/j/94832492483 

Meeting ID: 948 3249 2483

If you have any questions about this support group, please contact Sue at slivingston@efepa.org or call (215) 629-5003.

Lancaster County

Location: Park City Center, Community Meeting Room, Kohl’s wing at 142 Park City Center, Lancaster PA 17601
Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Facilitator: Kerri Michnya, EFEPA Lancaster County Resource Coordinator

January 28, 2020 | February 25, 2020 | March CANCELLED | April 28, 2020 | June 23, 2020 | No July Meeting | August 25, 2020 | September CANCELLED | October 27, 2020 | November 24, 2020 | December 15, 2020

If you have any questions about this support group, please contact Kerri at Kmichnya@efepa.org or call (717) 449-1872.

Lehigh Valley

NEW Location: Lehigh Valley Hospital, 4th floor at 1200 South Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, PA 18103
Meetings are held every 2nd Thursday and begin at 6pm
Facilitator: Ellen Baca, EFEPA Lehigh Valley Resource Coordinator

January 9, 2020 | March CANCELLED | April 9, 2020| May 14, 2020 – Conference | July 9, 2020 | August 13, 2020 |September 10, 2020 | November 12, 2020

September 10th at 6pm. Click the link to join: https://zoom.us/j/91831796316

Meeting ID: 918 3179 6316

If you have any questions about this support group, please contact Ellen at LV@efepa.org or call (610) 737-0613.

Luzerne County/Wyoming Valley

Location: John Heinz Institute, Patient Dining Room at 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Meetings are held every 4th Wednesday and begin at 7:00pm
Facilitators: Mary Loughlin, EFEPA Northeast Resource Coordinator & Marianne Sailus, EFEPA Volunteer

January 22, 2020 | February 26, 2020 | March CANCELLED | April 22nd, 2020 | May 27, 2020 | July 22, 2020  | August 26, 2020 | September 23, 2020 | October 21, 2020– Conference | November 18, 2020 | December TBD – Holiday Party

September 23rd at 7pm. Click the link to join: https://zoom.us/j/98546411648

If you have any questions about this support group, please contact Mary at epilepsyWV@efepa.org or call (570) 592-1150. To reach Marianne call (570) 830-2039.

Philadelphia County – NEW

Location: EFEPA Philadelphia Office at 919 Walnut St, Ste 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday and begin at 6:30 pm
Facilitator: Seamus Morgan, EFEPA Greater Philadelphia Resource Coordinator

January 14, 2020 | February 11, 2020 | March 10, 2020 | April 14, 2020m| May 13, 2020 | June 9, 2020 | July 13, 2020 | August 11, 2020 September 8, 2020 | October 13, 2020 | November 10, 2020 | December 8, 2020

September 9th at 6:30pm. Click the link to join: https://zoom.us/j/96408478920

Meeting ID:  964 0847 8920

If you have any questions about this support group, please contact Seamus at smorgan@efepa.org or call (215) 629-5003.

Expansion Opportunities

Philadelphia-Area Working Professional Networking Group
Contact Missy Dolaway at mdolaway@efepa.org or (215) 629-5003 if you are interested.

Wayne/Pike Counties Support Group
Contact Mary Loughlin at epilepsyWV@efepa.org or (570) 592-1150 if you are interested.