Support Groups rev.4/12/2020

MCF staff members facilitate support groups and family activities across the state. 

**Due to COVID-19, many support groups have moved to Zoom, an online and phone conferencing service. Note that some support groups are open to all families in Maryland and some serve specific counties or regions. All are offered at no cost to families.**

Maryland Statewide Group

Online Support Group for Families Impacted by Substance Use

This group provides a safe place to share experiences and receive support and understanding. Together, we can put a loved one’s substance use into perspective and set healthy boundaries. We will also discuss any barriers related to COVID-19.

Meets Every Tuesday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

 

For more information and to receive Zoom link, contact Angel Timmons via email or call 443-878-9603. Download flyer here.

Maryland Statewide Group

Our Healing Hearts: Online Grief Support Group for Parents Who Have Lost a Child to Overdose

Child loss to substance overdose is a unique and isolating situation. We are a grief support group for any parent coping with this heartbreaking experience.

Meets the Fourth Thursday of every month, 10:00 – 11:30 am.

 

For information and to receive Zoom link, contact Beth Schmidt via email or call 202-573-6773. Download flyer here.

Maryland Statewide Group

Online Inspirational “Quote” Time Group

Join other families and loved ones who care about someone with mental health, behavioral health or substance use challenges. We’ll have an opportunity for meaningful social interaction as we share some of our favorite quotes and talk about how they give us strength, motivate us, or just make us smile.

Meets the Third Friday of Every Month, 2:30-4:00 pm

 

For more information and to receive Zoom link, contact Augustine Cook via email or call 443-504-4509. Download flyer here.

Maryland Statewide Group

Alone Together: Online Meet Ups for Young Adults 18-26 years

These free online meet-ups create a safe space for honest conversation and peer support for young adults 18-26 years. They are hosted by Taking Flight, a group of young adults who themselves have struggled with behavioral health challenges.

Meets Every Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

 

For more information and to receive the Zoom link, contact Haley Rizkallah via email or call 443-741-8678. Download flyer here.

Maryland Statewide Group

Open Chat Monday

Our monthly chat is a safe space where you can share a laugh, get information, request additional 1:1 support, or just observe until you are comfortable engaging.

Meets the Second Monday of the Month, 10:00–11:00 am

 

For more information and to receive the Zoom link, contact Nicole Ukoumunne via email or call 443-896-8275 or Christina Otruba via email or 240-577-4776. Download flyer here.

Maryland Statewide Group

Online Support Group for Spanish-Speaking Families

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges. We will support each other, share our experiences and learn about educational and community resources to help our families.

Meets Every Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

 

For more information and to receive the Zoom link, contact Cynthia Ariza via email or call 443-878-3113. Download English flyer here. Download Spanish flyer here.

Maryland Statewide Group

Online Support Group for Loved Ones Impacted by Problem Gambling

When someone you care about has a problem with gambling, it is difficult to reach out for support and help.

This group is facilitated by an MCF staff member who has struggled with this in her own family. It is a safe, confidential space to share, learn, and give and receive support.

 

Meets the Last Thursday of Every Month, 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

 

For more information and to receive Zoom link, contact Nancy Quidas via email or call 443-878-3365. Download flyer here.

 

Maryland Statewide Group

Online Support Group for Families Impacted by Substance Use

This group provides a safe place to share experiences and receive support and understanding. Together, we can put a loved one’s substance use into perspective and set healthy boundaries. We will also discuss any barriers related to COVID-19.

 

Meets Second and Fourth Tuesday of Every Month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

For more information and to receive Zoom link, contact Austin Torsch via email or call 443-472-9384. Download flyer here.

Maryland Statewide Group

Hello Monday Check In

Online Support Group For Parents and Caregivers of Children with Behavioral Health Needs

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges. Grab you morning cup of energy, take a moment to listen, relax your mind and focus on positive strategies and goals to get through your week.

 

Meets Second and Fourth Monday of Every Month, 9:00 – 10:00 am

 

For more information and to receive Zoom link, contact Candace Harris via email or call 443-546-7005. Download flyer here.

Baltimore County

Reasons and Needs

Online Support Group For Parents and Caregivers of Children with Behavioral Health Needs

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges. We will come together and support each other with our lived experience, and share educational information and available resources in Baltimore County.

 

Meets First Thursday of Every Month, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

 

For more information and to receive Zoom link, contact Candace Harris via email or call 443-546-7005. Download flyer here.

Carroll County

Our Healing Hearts Family Peer Grief Support

Child loss to substance overdose is a unique and isolating situation. We are a grief support group for any parent coping with this heartbreaking experience.

Meets August 25, September 22, and October 27, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

For additional information and to receive Zoom link, contact Beth Schmidt via email or call 202-573-6733. Download flyer here.

Cecil County

Nourish to Flourish Online Support and Self-Care Group

Join others who love someone with behavior health challenges for an opportunity to practice self-care!

Meets Every Wednesday, 8:00 – 9:00 am and 8:00 – 9:00 pm

 

For additional information and to receive Zoom link, contact Rebecca Bryant via email or call 410-707-2529. Download flyer here.

Eastern Shore - Lower Shore

Online Support Group For Families Struggling with Substance Use

This group provides a safe place to share experiences and receive support and understanding. Together, we can put a loved one’s substance use into perspective and set healthy boundaries. We will also discuss any barriers related to COVID-19.

Meets Third Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

 

For additional information and to receive Zoom link, contact Angel Timmons via email or call 443-878-9603. Download flyer here.

Harford County

Online Support Group: Under the Umbrella Tree

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges and receive peer support and information about community resources for your family in Harford County.

Meets the Fourth Thursday of Every Month, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

For additional information and to receive Zoom link, contact Somer Sawyer via email or call 443-896-6289. Download flyer here.

Howard County

Online Support Group: Laughter Insight Family Training (LIFT)

For parents and caregivers of young people with mental health or substance use needs. Get a lift and support from other families struggling with these same challenges.

Meets Every Tuesday of each month, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

For additional information and to receive Zoom link, contact Cindy Kirk via email or call 443-741-8672. Download flyer here.

Western Maryland

Finding Hope to Cope

Online Support Group for Families Struggling with Substance Use

This group provides a safe place to share experiences and receive support and understanding. Together, we can put a loved one’s substance use into perspective and set healthy boundaries. We will also discuss any barriers related to COVID-19.

 

Meets very Second and Fourth Tuesday of the Month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 

For more information and to receive Zoom link, contact Teresa Friend via email or call 443-741-8329. Download flyer here.

Western Maryland

Caregiver Connections Online Support Group

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges to receive peer support and information about community resources for your family in Western Maryland.

Meets Second Thursday of every month, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

 

For information and to receive Zoom link, contact Ula Slider via email or call 240-818-3534. Download flyer here.

Western Maryland

Caregiver Connections Online Support Group

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges to receive peer support and information about community resources for your family in Western Maryland.

Meets Third Thursday of every month, 8:00 – 9:30 pm

For information and to receive Zoom link, contact Ula Slider via email or call 240-818-3534. Download flyer here.


*This Support Group is not funded through MCF.

There are also other organizations that may offer support groups that are not included on this list. To learn more, head to the Other Organizations page.