Health Education Services and Support Groups

​​​​​​​Health education services and support groups are available to UW Medicine patients, families and community members. Some sessions require pre-registration while others are open on a walk-in basis. Classes are free unless otherwise noted.



General Wellness

Knitting for Wellness

Learn how to knit and crochet for stress relief, health, and fun. Bring your own needles and yarn, or borrow some from us.
  • Second, third, and fourth Tuesdays every month, 12-1 p.m.
  • Meet at Harborview Resource Center, Ground Center Tower room 76.
For information call 206.744.2000.

Tai Chi

  • Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
  • Meet at Harborview Resource Center, Ground Center Tower 76.

Yoga at Harborview

Want to reduce some stress? Boost your self-esteem and improve your circulation? Come and do Yoga with us. Practicing breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in body, mind and spirit. Yoga lets you tune in, chill out, shape up -- all at the same time. Research shows that yoga helps manage or control anxiety, back pain, blood pressure, other conditions and diseases.
  • When: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 a.m.
  • Where: Research and Training building, Room: 109/121
  • Instructor: Dr. Joe Merrill
  • Cost: FREE.


Burn

Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR) Counseling

One-on-one counseling is available for burn survivors or family members who wish to talk to a fellow survivor. For more information please contact Shelley Wiechman at 206.744.4439.

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Cancer

Arts in Healing

Arts in Healing group with Art Therapist, Zandi Salstrom, MA, LMHCA
Explore creative ways to process and express your feelings in an encouraging and supportive environment. No experience required. All materials provided.
Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 pm in the 8NE Family Room 
Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 pm in the waiting area between 7-SE and 7-NE (take the Cascade elevators)
For more information please contact the Arts in Healing program at 206.598.6313.

Beauty and Cancer Program

UW Medical Center
For more information, please contact Joy Murphy, 206.598.4218.

To request disability accommodations, contact the Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance of the event at 206.543.6450 (voice); 206.685.7264 (fax).

Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Patient Support Group

Located at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance on the 6th floor in room 23. The groups meets Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Caregivers are welcome.  For more information, please contact the SCCA Patient Navigator, 206.288.2081.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Survivorship Program

The survivorship program provides clinical care, patient education and research opportunities to patients who have survived cancer and are not in active cancer treatment.

Located at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Visit the Hutchinson Center's Survivorship Program, call toll-free 866.543.4272, or local 206.288.1024, or e-mail survivor@fhcrc.org

Knitting Group

Group meets Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. at the UW Medical Center, take the Cascade elevators to the waiting area between 7-SE and 7-NE.

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Transplant Classes

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
For dates, times, and more information contact Ann Breen at 206.288.1033.

To request disability accommodations, contact the Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance of the event at 206.543.6450 (voice); 206.685.7264 (fax).

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Diabetes

Diabetes Care Center Classes


Diabetes Care Center, 4225 Roosevelt Way N.E., Suite 101
For more information or to register for classes, call 206.598.4882.

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Drug and Alcohol

AA - Alcoholics Anonymous

These groups are led by volunteers. Questions? Contact AA Intergroup at 206.587.2838 for locations of Seattle meetings.
 
The “Lounge Lizards No More” group meets Wednesdays, at 12 p.m.
Harborview, Patricia Bracelin Steel Building, 401 Broadway, 1st floor.

Alcohol/Drug Contemplation Group

Support for people who think they might have a problem with alcohol or drugs and want help accessing treatment services and support. For information and meeting location, contact Adriane Tillery at 206.744.9605 or Jim Marshall at 206.744.9569.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-2 p.m. 
Harborview, Patricia Bracelin Steel Building, 401 Broadway, room 1055

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Heart

Heart Disease Support Group

Located in room EE 301A in the Regional Heart Center at UW Medical Center.
For more information, please contact Alice Chang, 206.598.6591.

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Mental Illness

Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance

A peer-based group for consumers, family and friends of those with mental health challenges. For details, contact the Seattle Chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance at 206.748.1577.

Second Thursday of the month, 7-9 p.m.
Harborview Research & Training Building (corner of Ninth Avenue and Alder Street) The room number varies. 

Fourth Thursday of the month, 7-9 p.m.
UW Medical Center, basement level, Plaza Café Conference room.

Family and Friends of Persons with Mental Illness

This support group is facilitated by Harborview’s social work staff and is co-sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). For information, call NAMI at 206.789.7722.

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Harborview, room GCT71 (Boardroom)
For information, e-mail Chris Young at youngc@u.washington.edu, or call the Harborview Information Center at 206.744.2000.

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Neurology, Neurological Surgery and Neuromuscular

Brain Injury Support Group

The Harborview Brain Injury Support Group is for families and friends or patients who are currently at Harborview in the intensive care, neuroscience specialty, acute care, or rehabilitation units with brain injuries. These may have resulted from many causes such as concussion, aneurysm, stroke, tumor, or traumatic injuries.

Location and Time: Every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. in the Harborview 2 West Hospital Conference Room 81.

If you would like more information on brain injury and recovery or related health issues, you may contact Larry Healey, Clinical Manager, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, at healey@uw.edu or 206.744.2225.

Brain Aneurysm Support Group

Come listen to other brain aneurysm patients, families and caregivers' experiences, share your own as you desire, and hear presentations from healthcare professionals. Sponsored by the UW Department of Neurological Surgery.

Location and time: Third Wednesday of the month, 6-8 p.m. on the Harborview campus.

To register and for location and other details, contact Pat Blissitt, Nurse Educator/Clinical Nurse at 206.744.3545 or pbliss@uw.edu

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Brain Tumor Support Group

Located in the Plaza Café conference room at UW Medical Center. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. For more information, please call Yvonne Brehan, 206.242.6862.

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

Whether you have had a brain injury, or know someone who has, come and talk about issues relating to recovering from a brain injury. Learn more about brain injury by meeting with others who are facing or have faced similar challenges

Meets 1st Thursday of every month from 12-1 p.m. at Harborview, main floor Maleng Building. For more information, contact the Brain Injury Association of Washington at 877.982.4292 or Brittney Neidhardt-Gruhl at 206.897.6186.

Epilepsy Education and Discussion

This group is for adults living with epilepsy and family members. Learn about epilepsy, depression, and avoiding seizure triggers. The session is co-sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest and the Regional Epilepsy Center at Harborview.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month from 6-8 p.m. at the Norm Maleng Building, 420 9th Avenue, Room 112.

For information, mail@epilepsynw.org or call 206.547.4551

Muscular Dystrophy Association Support Group

Located in room CC818 (8th floor, just off of the Pacific Elevator lobby) at UW Medical Center. This group meets the first Monday of the month (second Monday if the first is a holiday) from 4-5:30 p.m.. For more information, please contact Bridget Russell, 206.283.2183.

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Spinal Cord Injury

NW Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Forum

The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System presents a monthly evening educational program which covers topics of interest to people with spinal cord injury, family members, friends, physicians, and allied health professionals.

Location and time: Occurs on the second Tuesday of every month, October through June, 7-8:30 p.m. UW Medical Center. This forum will NOT be meeting July through September.

For more information about dates, times, and upcoming speakers and topics, visit the Spinal Cord Injury Forum web site at http://sci.washington.edu/info/forums/index.asp, or contact Cynthia Salzman at 206.685.3999.

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Transplant

Heart Transplant Support Group

Located in the Plaza Café conference room at UW Medical Center. For more information please contact Alice Chang, 206.598.6591.

Liver Transplant Support Group

Located in the Plaza Café conference room at UW Medical Center. The group meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 4-5 p.m. For more information, please contact Sara Houck, 206.598.3870.

Lung Transplant Support Group

Located in the Plaza Café conference room C at UW Medical Center. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Angela Wagner, 206.598.2676, or visit www.uwltsg.org.

Transplant Caregivers Support Group

A support group for caregivers of pre and post-solid organ transplant patients.
Located in the Plaza Café conference room at UW Medical Center. The group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:30-2:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Angela Wagner, 206.598.2676.

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Other

Amputee Support Group

Weekly meetings providing information, guidance, and support are open to patients, families, friends, and community members. For information, contact Wound, Ostomy and Limb Preservation Services at 206.744.7590.

Location and Time: Occurs on Tuesdays from, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Harborview, West Hospital wing, fourth floor, room 73.

Bariatric Support Group

The group meets the first Wednesday of every month in the UWMC's Plaza Café conference room. For more information, please call Angel Dawson, 206.598.8417.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

The group meets the last Tuesday of every month from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For meeting location and more information, please call Jennifer Hayes or Carolyn Spada, 206.598.4967.
 

Transportation 101

Explore transit options and services.
For information, call 206.744.3820 or 206.744.8747. 

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