Support Groups

Support Groups 2019-07-23T14:35:13-04:00
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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

Bucks County

Delaware County

Lancaster

Lackawanna County

Lehigh Valley

Luzerne County

Philadelphia

Berks County

Location: Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery 1245 Penn Ave, Reading, PA  19610
Meetings are held every other month on 2nd Tuesday and begin at 6:00 pm
Facilitator: Kerri Michnya, Lancaster County Resource Coordinator

January 8, 2019 | March 12, 2019 | May 14, 2019 | July 9, 2019 | September 10, 2019 | November 12, 2019

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

Bucks County

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

January 3, 2019 | February 7, 2019 | March 7, 2019 | April 4, 2019 | May 2, 2019 | June 6, 2019 | No July Meeting | August 1, 2019 – Family Picnic | September 5, 2019 | October 3, 2019 | November 7, 2019 | December 5, 2019 – Holiday Party

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

Delaware County

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

January 16, 2019 | February 20, 2019 | March 20, 2019 | April 17, 2019 | May 15, 2019 | June 19, 2019 | July 17, 2019 | No August Meeting | September 18, 2019 | October 16, 2019 | November 20, 2019 | December 18, 2019 – Holiday Party

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

Lancaster County

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

January 22, 2019 | February 26, 2019 | March 26, 2019 | April 30, 2019 | May – Conference, date TBD | June 25, 2019 | No July Meeting | August 27, 2019 | September 24, 2019 | October 22, 2019 | November 26, 2019 | December 17, 2019

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

Lackawanna County

Location: CMC Professional Building, 315 Colfax Avenue, Scranton, PA 18510 (meetings are held in the basement)
Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday and begin at 7 pm
Facilitator: Mary Loughlin, EFEPA Northeast Resource Coordinator

January 16, 2019 | February 20, 2019 | March 20, 2019 | April 17, 2019 | May 15, 2019 | June 19, 2019 | July 17, 2019 | August 21, 2019 | September 18, 2019 | October – Conference | November 20, 2019 | December – Holiday Party*

*Denotes combined meeting with Luzerne County where date & location will be announced.

If you have any questions about this support group, please contact Mary at EpilepsyWV@efepa.org or (570) 592-1150

Lehigh Valley

Location: Lehigh Valley Hospital, Kasych Family Pavilion (Room 5), 1200 South Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, PA 18103
Meetings are held every 2nd Thursday and begin at 6 pm
Facilitator: Ellen Baca, EFEPA Lehigh Valley Resource Coordinator

January 10, 2019 | February 14, 2019 | March 14, 2019 | April 11, 2019 | May 9, 2019 | June 13, 2019 | July 11, 2019 | August 8, 2019 | September 12, 2019 | October 10, 2019 | November 14, 2019 | December 12, 2019

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

Luzerne County

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

January 23, 2019 | February 27, 2019 | March 27, 2019 | April 24, 2019 | May 22, 2019 | June 26, 2019 | July 24, 2019 | August 28, 2019 | September 25, 2019 | October – Conference | November 20, 2019 | December – Holiday Party*

*Denotes combined meeting with Lackawanna County where date & location will be announced. 

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

Philadelphia County

Location: JFK Center, 1st floor, 112 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Meetings are held every 1st Tuesday and begin at 6:15 pm
Facilitator: Susan Bolno, EFEPA Volunteer

No January Meeting | February 5, 2019 | March 5, 2019 | April 2, 2019 |May 7, 2019 | June 4, 2019 | July 2, 2019 | August 6, 2019 | September 3, 2019 | October 1, 2019 | November 5, 2019 | December 3, 2019

If you have any questions about this support group, please contact the EFEPA main office directly at (215) 629-5003 or email us at efepa@efepa.org