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Support Groups

Talking to others who are experiencing what patients are going through can often help. It’s a key aspect of any treatment plan, and why St. Mary Medical Center offers a number of seminars and support groups.

Social Connection

A Zoom support group has been designed for CARE Center clients to connect and socialize during this time of uncertainty. Join us as we discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our daily lives and ways to cope with the unending changes.

Download our flyer for Zoom information

Breast Cancer Support Groups

My Sister My Friend Breast Cancer Support Group
This organization is dedicated to supporting women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.

Please call (866) 778-1600 for information on the next My Sister My Friend meeting.

Fax: (562) 864-0506 | My Sister My Friend Website

C.A.R.E. Program/HIV Support Group

Inner Engineering

This workshop immerses oneself in fun and creativity! No experience necessary. A supportive environment just for you. Paint, canvas, music and good company provided. Meets the first Friday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach.

Please call (562) 624-4929 for more information.

Caring Connections

Caring Connections is a comprehensive behavioral health program at the CARE Center, providing evidence-based services to HIV-positive patients who are having challenges with substance use, medication adherence, trauma, anxiety, or depressive symptoms. 

To learn whether these programs are right for you, please call us at (562) 624-4972 to schedule an intake. 

Seeking Safety

Attend 12 group sessions designed to help individuals cope with and attain safety from trauma, depression, anxiety, and/or substance use. Get support from peers and learn together! Meets every Tuesday and Thursday.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Receive 12 individual sessions to address barriers surrounding mental health and HIV care. Discover more about yourself to improve your health!

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions 

This free 6-week chronic disease self-management program is for those living with life-long health conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, emphysema, bronchitis, asthma as well as other health issues. 

Subjects discussed include:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as pain, fatigue and isolation
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Nutrition and how to evaluate new treatment options

You’ll reduce your risk of chronic disease with positive lifestyle changes that will improve your overall quality of life. 

Please call (888) 478-6279 for more information on Living Healthy, or to sign up for the next class.

Surgical Weight Loss

We offer monthly Support Sessions the second Saturday of every month at St. Mary Medical Center for pre-op and post-op weight loss surgery patients. The groups are led by members of the bariatric services team to provide additional support for patients undergoing lifestyle changes before and after bariatric surgery.

We also offer a private one-on-one consultation to hear directly from the bariatric physicians and learn how surgical weight loss can help change your life.

Please call (562) 491-7995 to register.