Support Groups & Classes

Support groups, events and classes are available to UW Medicine patients, families and community members at many of our locations. Some sessions require pre-registration while others are open on a walk-in basis. They are free unless otherwise noted.

Harborview Medical Center

Amputee Support Group

Weekly meetings providing information, guidance and support are open to patients, families, friends and community members.

  • When: Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Harborview, West Hospital, fourth floor, room 73
  • Contact: Wound, Ostomy and Limb Preservation Services, 206-744-7590

Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR) Counseling

One-on-one meetings are available for burn survivors or family members who wish to talk to a fellow survivor.

  • Contact: Shelley Wiechman, 206-744-4439

Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance

A peer-based group for consumers, family and friends of those with mental health challenges.

Family and Friends of Persons with Mental Illness (NAMI Support Group)

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

  • When: Saturdays, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Where: Harborview boardroom, room GCT71
  • Contact: Norma J. Cole, social work, 206-744-8759
  • More information: NAMI Greater Seattle, 206-789-7722, activities calendar

Brain Aneurysm Support Group

Come listen to the experiences of other people with brain aneurysms and their families and caregivers, share your own as you desire and hear presentations from healthcare professionals.

  • Contact: Pat Blissitt, nurse educator/clinical nurse, 206-744-3545 or email, to register and for location and other details

Brain Injury Inpatient Support Group

The 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 from concussion, aneurysm, stroke, tumor, trauma or other causes.

  • When: Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.
  • Where: Harborview 2 West Hospital, conference room 81
  • Contact: Pat Blissitt, nurse educator/clinical nurse, 206-744-3545 or email, for more information on brain injury and recovery or related health issues

Brain Injury Support Group

Whether you have had a brain injury or you know someone who has, come and talk about issues relating to recovery. Learn more about brain injury by meeting with others who are facing or have faced similar challenges. Sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington.

  • When: First Thursday of the month, 12-1:45 p.m.
  • Where: Norm Maleng Building, main floor, room MB118
  • Contact: Michele Kauffmann, 206-535-0920 or email, or Joel Laguatan, 206-948-8552 or email

Epilepsy Education and Discussion

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

  • When: First Wednesday of the month, 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Norm Maleng Building, room MB112
  • Contact: Kevin Koppes, 206-547-4551, email

Harborview Stroke Support Group

The Harborview Stroke Support Group is a free resource available to stroke survivors and caregivers seeking additional support to help transition into a life after stroke. Members of the Harborview Medical Center Stroke Team will be available to answer questions and review educational topics, such as risk factors, social resources, medication management and life after discharge.

  • When: Fourth Tuesday of the month, 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: Ninth & Jefferson Building, room NJB-671
  • Contact: UW Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center at Harborview, 206-744-3975 or email

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

These groups are led by volunteers.

  • When: “Lounge Lizards No More” group meets Wednesdays at 12 p.m.
  • Where: Patricia Bracelin Steel Building, first floor, room PS 1055
  • Contact: AA Intergroup, 206-587-2838, for locations of other Seattle meetings

Alcohol/Drug Contemplation Group

Support for people who think they might have a problem with alcohol or drugs and want help accessing treatment and support.

  • When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-2 p.m.
  • Where: Patricia Bracelin Steel Building, first floor, room PS 1055
  • Contact: Adriane Tillery, 206-744-9605, or Jim Marshall, 206-744-9569

Transportation 101

Explore transit options and services.

  • Contact: Transportation Resource Center and ADA Paratransit Evaluations, 206-744-8747

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.

  • When: Second, third and fourth Tuesdays the month, 12-1 p.m.
  • Where: Norm Maleng Building, room 118
  • Contact: 206-744-2000

Laughter Club

Want to be happy, indulge in aerobic exercises, boost your self-esteem and reduce stress? Come and LAUGH with us.

  • When: Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.
  • Where: Norm Maleng Building, room 118, or View Park if weather allows
  • Contact: Tita Begashaw by email 

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 and shape up — all at the same time. Research shows that yoga helps manage or control anxiety, back pain, blood pressure and other conditions.

  • When: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 a.m.
  • Where: 325 Ninth Avenue, Fifth Floor, Center Tower, Room 80

UW Medical Center and UWMC-Roosevelt

Patients interested in meeting with one of our surgeons are required to attend or watch our bariatric seminar and take the seminar quiz prior to their appointment. Please contact our clinic to attend in-person, or watch the online version here

In addition to bariatric surgery and behavioral coaching, our clinic offers topical classes, including one on portion control (watch the video here), and one-on-one visits with providers from various specialties to help patients achieve optimal lifestyle and diet. Our support groups help patients learn from each other’s experiences.

Bariatric Support Group:

  • When: First Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Where: Weight Loss Management Center lobby

After-Surgery Support Group:

  • When: Third Friday of the month, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Where: Weight Loss Management Center lobby

Please contact the Weight Loss Management Center at 206.598.2274 for more information.

Arts in Healing

Curious about your own creativity? Even if you haven’t tried making art since elementary school, you still have the natural ability to be creative. Getting in touch with your own creativity has many beneficial effects, including relaxation, fun and stress reduction.

Explore your creativity in an encouraging and supportive environment with art therapist Zandi Salstrom, MA, LMHC, ATR. No experience required. All materials provided. Open to all oncology outpatients and inpatients as well as visiting family members.

  • When: Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Waiting area between 7-SE and 7-NE, UWMC
  • Contact: Arts in Healing Program, 206-598-6313, email

Beauty and Cancer Program

  • Contact: Joy Murphy, 206-598-3604. To request disability accommodations, contact the Disability Services Office at least 10 days before the event at 206-543-6450 (phone) or 206-685-7264 (fax).

Brain Tumor Support Group

  • When: First Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Plaza Café meeting room B, UWMC
  • Contact: Yvonne Brehan, 206-242-6862, email

Diabetes Fundamentals Class Series

This series can be done all in the same month or over multiple months. We recommend you take the classes in order.

Class 1: What is diabetes, the disease and treatment, review of acute complications and diabetes self-management (including glucose monitoring, healthy coping and strategies to promote lifestyle changes)

Class 2: Using medication safely, identifying and preventing chronic complications and strategies for addressing psychosocial issues

Class 3: Healthy eating (including meal planning; the role of carbohydrates, protein and fat; and the impact of food and drink on blood glucose)

  • When: First, second and third Tuesday of the month, 4-6 p.m.
  • Where: Diabetes Care Center, UWMC-Roosevelt
  • Contact: 206-598-4882, option 8, to register

Pump and CGM Options

A class for people interested in learning about current and upcoming insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) therapy options.

  • When: Second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 4-6 p.m.
  • Where: Diabetes Care Center, UWMC-Roosevelt
  • Contact: 206-598-4882, option 8, to register

Dexcom CGM Training

A class for people who have received Dexcom supplies and are ready to get started.

  • When: First and third Wednesday of the month, 4-6 p.m.
  • Where: Diabetes Care Center, UWMC-Roosevelt
  • Contact: 206-598-4882, option 8, to register

Heart Failure Support Group

  • Contact: Michelle Dang, 206-598-8052

Heart Disease Support Group

  • Where: Regional Heart Center at UWMC, room EE 301A
  • Contact: Alice Chang, 206-598-6591

Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance

A peer-based group for consumers, family and friends of those with mental health challenges.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Support Group

  • When: First Monday of the month (second Monday if the first is a holiday), 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Room CC818 (8th floor, just off of the Pacific elevator lobby), UWMC

Contact: Wayne Johnson, 206-283-2183

Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

  • When: Last Tuesday of the month, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Contact: Jennifer Hayes, RN, or Carolyn Spada, RN, Center for Interstitial Lung Diseases, 206-598-4967, for location and more information

Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Forum

The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System presents a monthly evening educational program that covers topics of interest to people with spinal cord injury and their family members, friends, physicians and allied health professionals. See the schedule and topics, or subscribe to receive notifications.

  • Contact: Cynthia Salzman, 206-685-3999

Team Transplant

UW Medical Center's Team Transplant is a life-changing training and exercise program that began in 2001 as a way to promote fitness for transplant patients while championing organ donation awareness. It has grown into a successful and popular program and community to support transplant recipients and living donors in their return to normal life. 

Led by four-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier and UWMC registered dietitian Alysun Deckert, Team Transplant participants—including transplant recipients, donors, UW employees, friends and family—are encouraged to train for running or walking events together by following a regular exercise plan and healthy diet. The team then competes in marathon events, including the Seattle Half Marathon and the Seattle Rock’n Roll Half Marathon. 

To participate, volunteer or donate, email Team Transplant

Heart Transplant Support Group

  • When: Usually the second Tuesday of the month
  • Where: Plaza Café conference room, UWMC, first floor
  • Contact: Alice Chang, 206.598.6591

Lung Transplant Support Group

  • When: Second Tuesday of the month, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Plaza Café conference room C, UWMC, first floor
  • Contact: Angela Wagner, 206-598-2676

Kidney Transplant Support Group

  • When: Third Wednesday of the month, 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: Plaza Café conference room C/D, UWMC, first floor
  • Contact: Jeff Harder, 206-598-4676, or Bethany Zornes, 206-597-3791

Liver Transplant Support Group

  • When: First and third Tuesday of the month, 4-5 p.m.
  • Where: Plaza Café conference room A/B, UWMC, first floor
  • Contact: Stacey McCandish, 206-598-4599, or Sara Houck, 206-598-3870

UW Neighborhood Clinics

This series of three classes provides you with detailed information about diabetes survival skills, self-care and planning to keep yourself healthy long-term. Take classes at your own pace — take all three in one month or take one per month for three months.

To support your diabetes self-care efforts, you will make a personal health goal at the end of each class. After the series, one-on-one sessions are available with your clinic’s registered nurse or registered dietitian to support your goals.

Classes are for established patients only. To sign up and get details about the cost, talk to your provider or call your clinic.

Our diabetes classes are covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare and Medicaid. Check with your insurance provider to find out if diabetes classes are a covered benefit. You need to get a referral from your provider before your first class; we are happy to help with this when you call us.

Federal Way Clinic

  • When: First three Thursdays of the month, 2-4 p.m.
  • Where: 32018 23rd Ave. S, Federal Way, WA 98003
  • Contact: 253-839-3030

Issaquah Clinic

  • When: First three Thursdays of the month, 4-6 p.m.
  • Where: 1740 NW Maple St., Suite 100, Issaquah, WA 98027
  • Contact: 425-391-3900

Kent/Des Moines Clinic

  • When: First three Thursdays of March, June, September and December, 2-4 p.m. 
  • Where: 23213 Pacific Highway South, Kent, WA 98032 
  • Contact: 206-870-8880

Northgate Clinic

  • When: First three Mondays of the month, 3-5 p.m.
  • Where: 314 NE Thornton Place, Seattle, WA 98125
  • Contact: 206-528-8000

Woodinville Clinic

  • When: First three Wednesdays of the month, 4-6 p.m.
  • Where: 17638 140th Ave. NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Contact: 425-485-4100

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA)

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Valley Medical Center

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