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Support Groups

Support is an important part of treating the emotional aspects of illness and recovery. Mercy and Memorial Hospitals offer the opportunity to find encouragement and information through local support groups.

Bariatric Support Group

This support group is led by the Bariatrics Coordinator. Special guests will join periodically to discuss specific topics.

Topics covered at the support meetings include:

  • Exercise
  • Fitness
  • Emotional eating
  • Self esteem
  • Motivational videos
  • Personal problem solving
  • Testimonials
  • Commitment

The Bariatric Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Clerou Lecture Hall at Mercy Hospital Downtown, 2215 Truxtun Ave. from 6-7p.m.

For additional information about the Bariatrics Support Group or weight-loss surgery, please call 661.663.6765.

Mended Hearts

Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Heart Association, has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers for more than 50 years. Recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient-care experience, Mended Hearts partners with hospitals and offers services to heart patients through visiting programs, support group meetings and educational forums. Our mission is to "inspire hope in heart disease patients and their families."

Because Mended Hearts is made up of the very kinds of people it serves---heart patients, their families, and others impacted by heart disease, its members draw on personal experience as they help others. Mended Hearts support groups help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after heart disease. Members listen, share their experiences, learn from healthcare professionals and volunteer to talk to other heart patients about what they may face including lifestyle changes, depression, recovery and treatment.

Connect with our local Mended Hearts Program. Click here.

Ostomy Support

An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening (a stoma) from an area inside the body to the outside. Examples of ostomies include colostomy and urostomy. If you or someone you know has an ostomy and could use a little extra help and support, please join us for a monthly support group. Family members are also welcome. Reservations are not required.

Our meetings have a dual purpose:

  • To provide ostomates with information to help them live healthier, happier lives and care for themselves easily & properly
  • To share experiences and provide mutual support for one another




January 12th

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Clerou Room

March 9th

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Clerou Room

May 11th

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Clerou Room

July 13th

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Clerou Room

September 14th

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Clerou Room

November 9th

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Clerou Room

Mercy Hospital Downtown - Clerou Room

For questions regarding the support group, please call Rae Smith, Janet Round or Pam Smith at 661.623.5629.

Stroke Education and Support Group 

This free support group provides stroke survivors, their families, and caregivers an opportunity to support each other as they work to rebuild their lives and promote health, independence, and well-being. Everyone is welcome!

All meetings rel="noopener noreferrer" start at 3:30 PM and will be held at the Community Wellness Center, 2634 G Street, Bakersfield. Facilitated discussion follows each educational session.

January 11, 2018
Rehabbing Your Spirit

Coping with your emotions and how stroke impacts relationships

January 18, 2018
Food for Thought

Brain- boosting benefits of a healthy diet

January 25, 2018
Finding Your Voice

Stroke patients learn how to communicate

February 1, 2018
Moving Forward

Relearning how to use your body after a stroke

February 8, 2018
Understanding Stroke

Learn types of strokes, symptoms, risk factors, and prevention

February 15, 2018
Everyday Survival

Relearning life's every day skills