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.

Breast Cancer Support Groups

Look Good Feel Better 
This free program that teaches beauty techniques to women in active cancer treatment to help combat the appearance-related side effect of treatment. 

Please call 800.227.2345 for more information on Look Good Feel Better.

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

Please call 866.542.6312 for information on the next My Sister My Friend meeting.

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

Positive Life 
This all-inclusive strengths-based support group is for ALL people contemplating or currently taking medication to manage HIV or prevent HIV (PrEP). Meets every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach.

Please call 562.624.4905 for more information.

Vida Positiva
Este grupo de apoyo integral basado en las fortalezas es para todas las personas que están contemplando o tomando medicamentos para controlar el VIH o prevenir el VIH (PrEP). Reúne todos los martes a 6:00 p.m. en St. Mary Medical Center. Este grupo es conducido en español.  

Llame 562.624.4909 para más información.

 

The New Normal
This all-inclusive support group is an informative, compassionate, and social group designed for women who are HIV positive and dealing with the complex issues surrounding HIV. Meets twice a month on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach.

Please call 562.624.4978 for more information.

 

Living with HIV
This support group welcomes people from all spiritual and religious traditions and backgrounds who are interested in honoring the sacred part of oneself. Meets every Monday at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach.

Please call 562.624.4915 for more information.

 

Color Your World
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.

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.