Support Groups

When you are going through struggles, it is helpful to know you are not alone. Support groups provide non-professional peer support to build coping skills, problem solving skills and a greater sense of community. Support Groups are made up of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort, and advice.

This list is up to date to the best of our knowledge, but please call and confirm before attending. 

Depression & Bipolar

  • Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
    • Check out our FREE peer-led support group for those who may be depressed or have a bipolar diagnosis. Listen to others, talk about your feelings and above all share with people who know what you’re going through.
    • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM
    • Baker College of Jackson, Room 104, 2800 Springport Rd., Jackson, MI 49202
    • jacksondbsa@gmail.com
    • 402.882.3272
  • Henry Ford Allegiance Health Depression Support Group
    • Monday 6:00-7:30 PM
    • Please call 517.205.5971 to register
  • Hillsdale County Suicide Prevention Coalition Depression Support Group
    • 2nd Thursday of every month at 4:00 p.m.
    • House of Refuge Church, 123 E. Carlton St. Hillsdale, MI 49242
    • For more information call Lorie Nichols: 517.437.1138 or 517.610.3620 or Ruth Brown: 517.398.0116
  • Breaking Free Emotional, Physical & Sexual Support Group
    • Saturdays 9:00 AM
    • Location: Family Service & Children's Aid, 330 W. Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49201
    • Phone: Amber Ward 517.414.8954

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence

    Aware Shelter Support Groups, 706 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201
    • Sexual Assault Group
      • Free group support for those who have experienced sexual assault.
      • Please call Valerie at 517.783.1638 Ext. 133 to sign up.
    • Domestic Violence Group
      • Thursday 1:30-3 PM
      • Free group support for those who have experienced domestic violence.
      • Please contact Aware Shelter for more information.
    • Kids’ Club
      • Free & confidential support for any child 6-12 whose parents have experienced domestic violence.
      • Please call Karis at 517.783.1638 Ext. 143 for dates and times.
  • Domestic Harmony Group Counseling 
    • For location, call 517.439.1454 or 1.888.439.1454 
    • Tuesday: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Thursday: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 231, Hillsdale, MI  49242
    • Free child care provided
  • A Right to Innoncence
    • A Self-Help Support Group for WOMEN who experienced incest or other sexual abuse as children or teens.
    • 1st Wednesday of every month from 6-8 PM
    • Osseo, Michigan (Hillsdale County)
    • 517.523.3526
    • nomoresecrets2014@outlook.com 
    • Please note: Our meeting will be held at Karen's House in Osseo, Michigan until further notice. Directions given upon contact. 
    • Mailing address: P.O. Box 56 Osseo, MI 49266

Grief Support

  • Heart O’ The Lakes Church, 7031 Jefferson Rd, Brooklyn, MI 49230
    • 517.592.8623
    • Thursday at 1 PM (12-week cycle) 
  • ADAM (Another Day Another Memory) Grief Support Group Meeting
    • Free support groups for all who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Grief support for all ages (4 and up). Come be with people who care about you. You are not alone!
    • Wednesday potluck dinner starts at 6:15 PM and groups begin at 6:45 PM.
    • Groups will be split into various age groups (children, teens, adults).
    • For more information or to let us know you'll be attending, please call 517.782.2551
  • Living with Grief
    • Support is a very important part of the healthy reconciliation of grief issues. Family members and friends can be very supportive, but sometimes it helps to share your experience with others who are dealing with loss.

    • Sharing and discussion in a group setting can be a positive and rewarding experience. Our support groups are designed to address the emotional, educational and social needs of those who are coping with a death. 

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      This group is geared towards adults who have experienced any type of loss. All Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice grief support groups are free of charge and open to the public.

    • Monday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • One Jackson Square, Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice, 4th Floor, 100 E Michigan Ave, Jackson, Michigan 49201
    • Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Immanuel Lutheran Church 1505 W Michigan Ave  Jackson, MI 49202
    • Please feel free to contact us at 517.205.6971 with questions about counseling services, support groups, resources and events.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

  • First Presbyterian Church, 734 W Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201 (Upstairs room to left)
    • 517.784.9175
    • 7 Nights a Week 7:30 PM
  • St. Marks Lutheran Church, 1151 Us Highway 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230
    • 517.467.4576
    • Wednesday 8 PM and Saturday 8:30 PM
  • All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 N Main St, Brooklyn, MI 49230   
    • 517.592.2244
    • Tuesday and Friday at 7:30 PM
  • Al Cameron Group, 3828 E Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49202
    • 517.764.4545
    • Friday at 7:30 PM
  • Grateful Group, 1716 Woodbridge Street, Jackson, MI 49203
    • 517.728.7391
    • Friday at 7:30 PM
  • Parma AA Group, United Methodist Church, 100 E Main St, Parma, MI 49269
    • Saturday at 10AM
  • First Congregational Church, 120 N. Jackson St. Jackson, MI 49201
    • Saturday at Noon
  • Recovery First Group; Hope House, 401 US-12, Jonesville, MI
    • 517.849.2330
    • 7 Days a Week 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
  • Hillsdale Group; 52 Ferris Street, Hillsdale, MI
    • Sunday 10 AM, Saturday 8 PM

Alanon Groups

Al-Anon is a worldwide fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who have been affected by the family disease of alcoholism. Some were born into an alcoholic family and lived in that situation their entire lives, while others came into contact with alcoholism later in life through various experiences.

  • First Presbyterian Church, 734 W Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201 (Church Library)        
    • 517.784.9175
    • Monday and Friday 10:30 AM and 12 PM
  • St. Marks Lutheran Church, 11151 US Highway 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230
    • 517.467.4576
    • Wednesday 8:00 PM
  • All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 N. Main St, Brooklyn, MI 49230
    • 517.592.2244
    • Thursday 7 PM

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. 

  • First Presbyterian Church, 734 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201 (Downstairs)      
    • 517.784.9175
    • Monday, Friday, and Sunday 7:30 PM
  • Washington Way, 2424 W Washington Ave, Jackson, MI 49203       
    • 800.407.7195
    • Monday and Friday 12 PM and 7:30 PM
    • Tuesday and Thursday 12 PM
    • Sunday 7:30 PM

Substance Abuse

  • Peer Support at Family Service and Children’s Aid
    • 330 W. Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49201 
    • 517.787.7920
    • Welcome to everyone
    • No appointment necessary
    • Monday 2 PM-3 PM
    • Friday 12 PM-1 PM
  • Family Support Group Families for HOPE (Heroin Opioid Prevention Effort)
    • Support group for family members of loved ones suffering from Opiate Addiction, either Heroin or Prescription Opioid Addiction
    • New Covenant Living Church, 2405 W. Washington, Jackson, MI 49203
    • 517.812.9883
    • 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:30 PM
    • Meetings vary please call to confirm
  • Home of New Vision
    • 407 W Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49201
    • 517.788.5596
      • SMART Recovery
        • 12 PM on Sunday
        • 7 PM on Friday
      • Refresh Recovery (Christian based 12-step group)
        • Sunday at 7 PM
      • 12-Step Women's Recovery Support Group
        • Wednesday at 5:30 PM
  • SOAR - Community Substance Abuse Support Group
    • Jackson Coffee Downtown, 201 S. Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49201
    • Mondays 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
    • Contact Michelle Cochran for details 517.914.5554 or Email 

Smoking Support Groups

  • Tobacco Free Support Group
    • Jackson District Library Carnegie Branch, 244 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201.
    • Questions? Please Call 517.205.7495
    • Every Monday 7:00-8:30PM
  • Tobacco & You: Learn How to Quit Smoking
    • This 10-week drop-in style group focuses on the effects of smoking to help you quit. Open to the public.
    • Every Thursday 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • LifeWays Meeting Rooms, 1200 N. West Ave. Jackson, MI 49202 (Entrance at the back of the building)
    • For more information please contact Chad Lige at 517.780.3380

Chronic Illness

  • Living Stronger Together
    • Join us for a FREE support group for those living with a chronic illness. You will have the opportunity to share your experience, provide encouragement and share helpful resources.
    • Location: Henry Ford Allegiance Paul Tejada Center for Radiation Oncology, 1102 E. Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI (Parking lot off Waterloo St.)
    • Date and Time: Every 2nd and 4th Monday 6:30-8:30 PM
    • For questions, please call Cathy McAllister, LMSW, at (517) 205-4106
    • Handicap Parking and Accessibility is available
    • 2019 Topics: EMPOWERMENT – GOING TO THE TOP
    • ESSENTIAL LIGHTHEARTEDNESS
      • Jan. 14, 2019 - Part 1: Healthy Humor and Laughter
      • Jan. 28, 2019 - Part 2: Personalities and Humor
      • Feb. 11, 2019 - Part 3: Body Language and Verbal Humor
      • Feb. 25, 2019 - Group Choice
      • March 11, 2019 - Life Giving Bill of Rights
    • HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
      • March 25, 2019 - Part 1: Toxic Relationships
      • April 8, 2019 - Part 2: Consider Being Adventurous
      • April 22, 2019 - Part 3: Positive Cheerleaders
      • May 13, 2019 - Group Choice
      • May 27, 2019 - “Which Wolf Will Win?”
      • June 10, 2019 - The NEW ME
      • June 24, 2019 - Set MY goals

Parent Education Classes

  • Family Service and Children’s Aid Parent Education Class
    • Please contact Corey to schedule intake and class 517.787.7920 ext. 515
    • 8-Week Course
    • Tuesday 10 AM-12 PM or Thursday 6 PM-8 PM

Divorced or Separated

  • SMILE
    • Educational program for divorced parents with children under the age of eighteen.
    • Contact Jackson County Friend of the Court Office: 517.788.4470
    • 10/16/18 - 9:00-10:30 AM
    • 11/12/18 - 5:30-7:00 PM
  • Forget Me Not
    • Educational program for separated parents with children under the age of eighteen.
    • Contact Jackson County Friend of the Court Office: 517.788.4470
    • 11/6/18 - 5:30-7:00 PM

LGBTQ

  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Jackson Michigan Chapter

Parkinson's Disease

  • Jackson County Parkinson's Support Group
    • Promoting education, supports, socializing and quality of life for individuals, care givers, family and friends affected by Parkinson's
    • Join us the second Tuesday of each month from 6:15 - 7:45 PM 
    • (first half hour is social time followed by program)
    • disAbility Connections (or alternate location, call to confirm)
    • For questions contact Carole Briggs - 517.783.6527
    • Affiliated with The Michigan Parkinson Foundation 800.582.9781

Breast Cancer Care and Share Support Group

  • A breast cancer support group for women with any stage breast cancer.
  • Contact: Sharon Petri, RN
  • 715-205-1576
  • Monday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Henry Ford Allegiance Health Professional Building, 1100 E. Michigan Avenue Jackson, MI 49201

Center For Family Health Support Groups and Classes

  • Weight Loss & Healthy Eating – Learn healthy habits that led to healthy weight loss and eating habits.
  • Anxiety & Depression – For adults only; provides group support focusing on anxiety and depression issues.
  • Basic Healthy Eating – Patients are scheduled for this class, which features learning how to cook and eat healthy meals.
  • Dealing with Stress & Depression – This group focuses on supporting one another to deal with stress- and depression-related issues.
  • Diabetes Support Group – This group strives to strengthen support and healthy habits for patients with diabetes.

All support groups meet at the Center’s main facility at 505 N. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201. Call (517) 748-5500 for meeting days and times. All groups meet on the 2nd floor in Patient Education.

Community Resource Navigation

If you need help navigating community resources call the Community Navigation Specialist at 517.796.4595.