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Support Groups


Recognizing that recovery must be achieved not only in the physical and psychological but also on an emotional level, Brooks offers a variety of support groups to assist patients in regaining as fully as possible their ability to lead successful private lives.

The following support groups provide a unique opportunity for the patient to interact and form personal connections with people facing similar challenges. Not only can our patients be inspired by others, but they themselves are in a position to be inspiring.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Lou Gehrig's Disease
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Lou Gehrig's Disease Support Group
Scheduled Meetings: First Saturday of Each Month, 1-3 pm
Location: St. Vincent's Hospital Southside- Auditorium C (first floor), 4201 Belfort Road (at Intersection of J. Turner Butler Blvd.), Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Contact: Judie Benwick, MSH, MPH, Care Coordinator, The ALS Association, Florida Chapter (Toll-free) 888-257-1717, ext. 112 or (Jacksonville) (904) 688-0886

Brain Injury
Inpatient Brain Injury Group (Understanding Brain Injury)
Scheduled Meetings: Monday - Friday, 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, 2nd Floor Room (R2104)
Contact: Therapy Manager, (904) 858-7789; Program Assistant (904) 858-7650

Brain Injury Clubhouse Support Group
Scheduled Meetings: Third Saturday of each month, 10:30 am
Location: Brooks Clubhouse
Contact: Brooks Clubhouse, Phone (904) 674-6400

Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group
Scheduled Meetings: Every 2nd Saturday (except August) from 10:00 to 11:30 
Location: Shands Towers, 580 W. 8th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209
Call 904-244-9719 for more information

Inpatient Pediatrics (Understanding Pediatric Rehabilitation)
Scheduled Meetings: Monday-Friday from 3pm-3:30pm
Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital R2320
Contact: Therapy Manager (904) 858-7789; Program Assistant (904) 858-7650

Spinal Cord

Brooks Spinal Cord Support Group/Stroke Support Group
Scheduled Meetings: Last Thursday of each month, 6:00-7:30PM 
Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, 1st Floor Gym
Contact: Kristen Ellison, Clinical Psychologist, Spinal Cord Injury Program
SCI Info line: (904) 345-7238

Women with Disabilities Support Group
For woman with a disability (e.g, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke/brain injury). This informal support group discusses concerns such as body image, relationships, wheelchair management, and emotional adjustment, among many others.

Scheduled Meetings: Every 2nd Thursday of the Month 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital - Dance Studio (in the Neuro Recovery Center) From the lobby, follow the signs to the pool and the dance studio will be on the right before the pool (there will be a sign on the door).
Contact: Please contact Lauren Stutts at 904.345.6819 For more information


Brooks Stroke Support Group/Spinal Cord Support Group
Scheduled Meetings: Last Thursday of each month, 6:00-7:30PM  
Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, 1st Floor Gym
Contact: Stroke Program Admin Support (904) 345-7640

Inpatient Stroke Sessions
Stroke/Cardiac Education Session
Scheduled Meetings: Monday-Friday, 11-12pm
Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Room 3421
Contact: Rhonda Felice, Stroke Program Manager (904) 345-7689

Stroke Caregiver Support Group
Scheduled Meetings: Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm
Location: Brookc Rehabilitation Hospital, Room 3421
Contact: Shirley Koehler, Ph.D., Phone (904) 345-7655

Reading For Life Book Club
Review books, short stories or articles. Study guides provided before each month. Books announced 1-2 months in advance. Support provided for those with reading impairments along with adapted techniques such as books on tape and movies
Scheduled Meetings: Third Thursday of each month, 12pm - 1:00pm
Location: Neuro Recovery Center at  Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital 
Contact: Ande Welling (904) 345-6812